Human Services


Engaging the Special Needs Community... Creatively!

aka createABLE The Magic Paintbrush Project

Johnson City, NY


Life Is Washable, Inc. provides workshops which use creative materials and programming to complement services and supports for individuals, families & professionals facing the challenges of a special needs diagnosis. Our organization successfully supports thousands of developmentally disabled individuals and their families in meeting their identified goals by facilitating sessions that include appropriate activities, adaptive tools and training designed to meet these needs.

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Executive Director

Jennifer O'Brien

Main Address

1 Clubhouse Road, 2nd Fl Endicott NY 13760 PO Box 563

Johnson City, NY 13790 USA


Special Needs





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Life Is Washable, Inc. was founded with our first program “The Magic Paintbrush Project" in 2006. Our first workshops were held in partnership with local not for profits and our collaborations continue to this day. When the workshops gained traction our programs also grew to creatively respond to the growing needs of our community, while staying focused n our mission. There are very few programs which assist families (caregivers) to interact with therapeutic goals. As a result, it is common that family members do not take an active role in the day to day therapeutic goals of the disabled individual. Our organization was founded to support families and individuals and our programs were developed to meet the identified goals and needs for families with special needs.

Our programs

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Fair Play

TWOgather & Best Buddies

Magic Paintbrush Family Engagement Sessions

Works With Me

Friendly Access Sesnory Safety Kits

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Life Is Washable, Inc. provides programs which strengthen the special needs community. Our organization focuses on the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities while encouraging family engagement and community interaction. We deliver our mission through a variety of programs which consider the goals of the individual, family and caregiver with a creative approach in a supportive atmosphere. Our organization embraces the many supports in a special needs individual's life (i.e. therapies, rehabilitations and education) and works to balance the special needs of the individual with the family. The impact of our organization reaches well beyond the individuals and families we serve; our larger community connects to our mission through volunteer service and financial support of our programs. Since our beginning in 2006, our programs have grown to meet the evolving needs of our community while staying true to our mission of “Helping Special Needs Families… Creatively!" Together, we are The Magic Paintbrush Project, a place where special needs are the “typical"; where goals become achievable, confidence is built and obstacles are colorful opportunities; Where together Life Is WashABLE!

We provide a variety of types of sessions focused on providing creative supports and opportunities for individuals with special needs and their families. Since our beginning, our workshops/session to be flexible in order to effectively meet the needs of those we serve in a variety of ways. As a result, we have experienced an increase in session requests and collaboration with community partners.

Our management team consists of an Executive Director and up to 12 members of the Board of Directors. The members of the Board are active in the development and implementation of the strategic direction and business plans. The Board of Directors meets regularly (Third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm) to review the program's status and provide guidance and oversight. The Board of Directors works with the Executive Director to set Life Is Washable, Inc.'s overall direction. Currently, there are 11 members on the board meeting monthly to review the corporation's status. In addition, a small, dedicated staff has been contracted to perform administrative duties and overall workshop maintenance. Staff members work with volunteers to conduct workshops and answer queries for information

Our multiple locations, program developments and cost effectiveness have supported sustainable growth and positive outcomes for our organization and our community. For long-term sustainability of the funded programs, the effectiveness will be measured through an active feedback and documentation process.

The Magic Paintbrush Project was started in 2006 as an idea to help support families with special needs. Since our first session, our organization, Life Is Washable, Inc., has seen substantial growth in all of our programs, and the changes have reflected the needs of the families we serve. Since we began, over 50,000 participants have connected with us. Much like the leaves on the trees, “The Project" is seeing a bright and colorful change, with a new name “createABLE". There have been many changes to the supports and services provided to individuals and families with developmental disabilities. Responsively, our organization will continue to provide opportunities for families to be able to engage creatively with their goals and community. Life Is Washable, Inc. dba CreateABLE will continue to provide sessions which use creative materials and programming to complement services and supports for individuals & families with a special needs diagnosis. Our new name reflects our wider focus on the opportunities which our organization can bring to families with special needs in our communities.

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