Our Community Grows When We Include Everyone

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 womenโ€™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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Timeline photosLAST day of our Semi Annual Bag Sale! Donโ€™t miss out! Fill a bag for only $25. Shoes and purses $5! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Excludes: jewelry, display and consignment items
#upscaleresale
#shopwithapurpose #inclusion #inspiredboutique #semiannualbagsale
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Sertoma Chili Cook Off with Springfield Fight Club ... See MoreSee Less

Sertoma Chili Cook Off with Springfield Fight Club

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Congrats!!!

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Congratulations to Springfield Fight Club and to the Good Life Group with Abilities First for winning second in The People's Choice at the Sertoma Chili Cook Off!

The work belongs in the community!!!

#fullinclusion #InclusionRevolution #springfieldfightclub #OneTeamOneMission #GoodLifeGroup #turningabilitiesintoopportunities
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We love this!

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๐Ÿšจ Resource Opportunity ๐Ÿ””

See below for details and registration!FREE Missouri Open Door (MOD) Benefit Series
Topic: Missouri ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts

February 21, 2024 | 12:30 pm โ€“ 1:30 pm

The Missouri Open Door (MOD) Benefit Series is a FREE monthly workshop with a specific focus on Government Benefits. During this monthly workshop, participants will learn about Missouri ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts. The presenter will share a variety of useful resources after the workshop concludes.

Note: Due to restrictions placed on the compliance of the presenter, this workshop will not be recorded.

Who should attend: Individuals and family members, professionals who provide person-centered planning or problem-solving services to others (Support Coordinators, Care Coordinators, Information and Referral Specialists, Benefit Counselors, Peer Specialists, etc.)

Register for this workshop - tinyurl.com/mtzswaek

Direct questions about this workshop to [email protected].
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๐Ÿšจ Resource Opportunity ๐Ÿ””See below for details and registration!
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๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–Thank you to the Springfield Fight Club for the sponsorship and the partnership at the Sertoma Chili Cook Off.

We are a better community when people of ALL abilities live, learn, love, work and play together. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป

Full inclusion is possible!

#GoodLifeGroup #OneTeamOneMission #theworkbelongsinthecommunity
#InclusionRevolution

Photo ID: A man and a woman in matching grey shirts are giving their chili sample to the judge for the sertoma chili cook off. The judge is a blonde woman in a grey shirt with a white and orange stripe on the arm and shoulder. There is an english cream golden retriever with the group.
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๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–Thank you to the Springfield Fight Club for the sponsorship and the partnership at the Sertoma Chili Cook Off. We are a better community when people of ALL abilities live, learn, love, work and play together. ๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปFull inclusion is possible!#GoodLifeGroup #OneTeamOneMission #TheWorkBelongsInTheCommunity#InclusionRevolutionPhoto ID: A man and a woman in matching grey shirts are giving their chili sample to the judge for the sertoma chili cook off. The judge is a blonde woman in a grey shirt with a white and orange stripe on the arm and shoulder. There is an english cream golden retriever with the group.
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๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปCheck In, Cash Out! ๐Ÿ’ฐ Art Inspired Academy: A Program of Abilities First ... See MoreSee Less

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Photo ID: There are 3 photos. People of all abilities are learning and teaching side by side in the vocational class, Check In, Cash Out.

Such a great class and so interactive with great resources and ideas being shared! ๐Ÿ’—

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๐ŸŽจโœจ We want to shine a spotlight on the incredible Debbie Akers from Art Inspired Academy: A Program of Abilities First! ๐ŸŒŸ Debbie recently led a class where her students crafted beautiful beaded fancy pens during their winter vocational sessions. ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ

Debbi's dedication to nurturing creativity and inclusivity in her classroom is evident. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ Thank you, Debbie, for supporting your students to explore their artistic talents and for fostering a space where everyone feels included and valued! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘

#fullinclusion #inclusiveeducation #CreativityUnleashed #workbelongsinthecommunity #diversitymatters ๐ŸŽจโœจ

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๐ŸŽจโœจ We want to shine a spotlight on the incredible Debbie Akers from Art Inspired Academy: A Program of Abilities First! ๐ŸŒŸ Debbie recently led a class where her students crafted beautiful beaded fancy pens during their winter vocational sessions. ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ Debbis dedication to nurturing creativity and inclusivity in her classroom is evident. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽจ Thank you, Debbie, for supporting your students to explore their artistic talents and for fostering a space where everyone feels included and valued! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘#FullInclusion #InclusiveEducation #CreativityUnleashed #WorkBelongsInTheCommunity #DiversityMatters ๐ŸŽจโœจPhoto ID in the comments.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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I am beyond blessed to have the privilege to be part of this great work!!! Love our students, our community, and seeing everyone thrive in inclusive creative ways!! Thank you for all of the kind words and support!! Love AIA!!!๐Ÿ’—#OneTeamOneMission #artforallabilities

Awesome job!!

OMG๐Ÿฅฐ. I would love to get some ideas of things we can do with some of our students ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

So cute

These are great!!

My busy life prevents me to post not often ! I am taking this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing positive impact that Debbie’s dedication and work do to her students ! Maria Grazzia Goyes always comes with a big smile and eager to know more, to do more, to share her work and plans for her next class! Thank you Art Inspired Academy: A Program of Abilities First for this opportunity and for having Debbie !

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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

โ€œFantastic organization!โ€

โ€œMy son is like a totally different child, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of these amazing early intervention services.โ€

โ€œFirst Steps will forever be a part of our hearts and our family!โ€

โ€œI 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 couldnโ€™t keep up. It is a gift for him to be able to show the world what he can do.โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t know what we would do without Abilities First. They have really helped our son and family a lot over the last few years.โ€