At Abilities United, families receive the help they need to stay together and care for their children with disabilities. The nonprofit offers recreational specialists and home companions to families so that their children can participate in activities that will make their lives richer. Children’s family members benefit by gaining more time to pursue their own interests.
Two of the services provided by Abilities United are computer education and after-school socialization. Its after-school programs offer a place where children and young adults up to age 22 can learn to socialize with others and integrate more fully with their communities. The programs create opportunities for young people with disabilities to form friendships and gain new skills during sessions that focus on cooking, art, reading, and physical recreation activities.
Scheduled as needed, computer education from Abilities United can be taught in the home or at the nonprofit’s facility. A variety of classes are available, and each focuses on a different topic, from the basics of computing to more advanced tasks like mastering common software applications or learning to use the Internet. Life-skills training on the computer, which is also available, covers managing time and money and conducting a job search.