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First Steps provides early intervention for families with children from birth to age three with developmental disabilities and delays.

The Next Step provides targeted case management for people with developmental disabilities age three and over.

Art Inspired Academy provides an inclusive experience for individuals to participate in the creative arts, including theatre, music, movement, and art.

Abilities First Employment Services is designed to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities who want to work and the needs of local employers to have a reliable workforce.

Community Education works with schools, businesses, and community groups to promote inclusion, provides tools and education for individuals and family members to become effective advocates, and focuses on preventing abuse, neglect, and exploitation of people with developmental disabilities.

Inspired Boutique is an upscale resale shop featuring name-brand women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories.

Artisan Elements creates and sells innovative hand-cast custom wall tiles, table tops, commercial and residential outdoor benches and larger planters/fire pits from recycled paper or glass, concrete, and commercial additives.

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The mission of Abilities First is Turning Abilities Into Opportunities.

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Feature Film About Accessible Theme Park Gets Green Light

"The story behind a one-of-a-kind theme park that’s fully accessible to people with disabilities is set to get the Hollywood treatment."
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Feature Film About Accessible Theme Park Gets Green LightThe story behind a one-of-a-kind theme park that’s fully accessible to people with disabilities is set to get the Hollywood treatment.

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We had so much fun at our annual holiday party! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to the Abilities First Employee of the Quarter AND Employee of the Year, Nichole Lewis! We are lucky to have you! ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to the Abilities First Employee of the Quarter AND Employee of the Year, Nichole Lewis! We are lucky to have you! ❤️

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Congratulations Nichole Lewis ! We are lucky to have you!

Sooo deserved! Congratulations Nichole Lewis!!

So well deserved! Congratulations, Nichole Lewis!! 😊

Congratulations-well deserved! ❤️

Congratulations

Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations, Nichole Lewis! 👏👏👏

Congratulations Nichole! 🎉

Congratulations!

Congratulations Nichole Lewis

Oh Nichole I am so proud of you friend! All the days even you can’t feel we appreciate who you are and what you do so much 😍

Congratulations Nichole

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Thank you!

Congratulations!

Wonderful

She is the absolute best!

Two awesome ladies ♥️

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At Malls Nationwide, Santa Goes Sensory-Friendly

"More than 300 malls are set to participate in the events known as “Caring Santa” at Simon mall locations and “Sensitive Santa” at those owned by Washington Prime Group."

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At Malls Nationwide, Santa Goes Sensory-FriendlyMore than 300 malls are set to participate in the events known as “Caring Santa” at Simon mall locations and “Sensitive Santa” at those owned by Washington Prime Group.Read more: https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2023/11/28/at-malls-nationwide-santa-goes-sensory-friendly/30646/

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Help us support the people served by Abilities First by donating to Friends of Abilities First at abilitiesfirst.net/get-involved/Today is #GivingTuesday, and we’re excited to make an incredible impact on the world by promoting inclusion of people with developmental disabilities! Our goal is to give everyone a chance to be heard and to be seen as an important part of our global community. Donate now to support our efforts to make the world a more inclusive place for all! #abcdefg #helpinclusion #dontmissout #supportourcause 💙 www.abilitiesfirst.net/get-involved/ ... See MoreSee Less

Help us support the people served by Abilities First by donating to Friends of Abilities First at https://abilitiesfirst.net/get-involved/
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We had a great time attending the Ash Grove R-IV School District Transition Fair earlier this month! So glad to help students with the resources they need to move ahead with the lives. ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

We had a great time attending the Ash Grove R-IV School District Transition Fair earlier this month! So glad to help students with the resources they need to move ahead with the lives. ❤️Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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Fantastic!!!

Thank you for doing this! It was incredible!!

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Grant funding is provided to local non-profit agencies and direct support services for vocational services, early intervention, residential services, independent living assistance, employment, and transportation. These funds are provided by the citizens of Greene County through a property tax levy to support people with developmental disabilities. The Abilities First Board of Directors is responsible for administering these funds.

Abilities First works closely with other community agencies by providing funding and additional resources.
Our partner agencies include:

Dedicated to Inclusion

“I am so happy that my son has a chance to do something like this. He has wanted to participate in school music and theatre, but was either told he was too disruptive or that he couldn’t keep up. It is a gift for him to be able to show the world what he can do.

“Fantastic organization!”

“First Steps will forever be a part of our hearts and our family!”

“My son is like a totally different child, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of these amazing early intervention services.”

“I don’t know what we would do without Abilities First. They have really helped our son and family a lot over the last few years.”