CALENDAR
TURNING ABILITIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
COMMUNITY INCLUSION FOR THE PAST 36 YEARS
ABILITIES FIRST ROAD MAP
CORE VALUES
• Selfless Respectful Service
• One Team, One Mission
• Inspire Others
• Be Resourceful, Never Give UP
• Seek Knowledge and Embrace Change
PURPOSE
MISSION:
    Turning Abilities into Opportunities
OUR NICHE:
    Inclusion for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
VISION:
    Abilities First will expand opportunities, empower voices, and enable citizens with developmental disabilities to realize their dreams
10-YEAR TARGET - INCLUSION!
Inclusion IS within our reach!
• People have opportunities to enjoy full participation in where they live,
    work and play.
• People’s activities are age appropriate and are in ordinary places.
• People are supported for success.
• All people have opportunities for meaningful relationships and experiences.
• Everyone feels that they belong and are viewed by others as
    members of the group.
• Inclusion benefits everyone involved by bringing together different talents,
    strengths and perspectives to make a greater whole.
EXCLUSION
SEGREGATION
INTEGRATION
INCLUSION
ABOUT US:
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU DREAM BIG!
The perfect society is where every person has opportunities to enjoy full participation where they live, work, and play.  Everyone is included as part of the daily life of a community, and have what they need to reach their dreams.  At ABILITIES FIRST, that’s our goal, to break down barriers.  To push the boundaries of every person's potential so there are no limitations.  And to be innovative so that transformation is more possible...and more permanent.  Whether it means helping someone who wants to work find meaningful employment, or helping families find the resources they need for their family member with cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other developmental disability, we are dedicated to ensuring all people have the opportunities they need.
For more information about ABILITIES FIRST, please call us at 417.886.0404 or
send your emails to: info@abilitiesfirst.net
OUR VALUES:
These are the working principles by which we operate each and every day.  Our success depends on adhering to these values:
SELFLESS RESPECTFUL SERVICE
ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION
INSPIRE OTHERS
BE RESOURCEFUL,
NEVER GIVE UP
SEEK KNOWLEDGE AND
EMBRACE CHANGE
HOW DOES ABILITIES FIRST HELP OUR COMMUNITY?
THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES AND SUPPORT
FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
EARLY IINTERVENTION
REACHING DREAMS TOGETHER
EXPLORE THE ARTS
ABILITIES FIRST operates five programs that are all designed to increase opportunities for our community, especially people with developmental disabilities.
1.    FirstSTEPS provides early intervention from birth to age 3.
2.    The goal of the TheNextSTEP is to facilitate a trusting, caring relationship between the individual and
       the Support Coordinator, that leads to people living the good lives they want to have.
3.    Art Inspired Academy provides an inclusive opportunity to engage in creative arts.
4.    Art Inspired is a one-of-a-kind retail art store that creates employment opportunities.
5.    INSPIRED BOUTIQUE is an up-scale resale shop featuring name brand clothing,
       shoes, furniture, household items and MORE all at affordable prices.
THE ABILITY TO GIVE OTHERS THE OPPORTUNITIES
THEY NEED TO LIVE AND WORK IN OUR COMMUNITY
When you think about it, it’s so important that all members of our community have their VOICE, that they have the same opportunities as everyone else.  We believe in the knowledge that we all have more likenesses than differences.  That’s why we say, “Turning abillities into opportunities” because we don’t see how people are limited.  We see what they are able to do with the right guidance and support.  To help foster those qualities that create unlimited potential, independence, self-determination, productivity, self respect and a sense of personal dignity.  ABILITIES FIRST believes in possibilities for people with developmental disabilities.
Abilities First and its programs, retail stores and grant funding recipients support a wide variety of services including: early intervention for infants and children, residential services, independent living assistance, employment and transportation services.  The goal of these programs is to make sure that children and their families, as well as adults of all ages, have the necessary supports, services, resources, and opportunities to make it through each day...and throughout the many transitions of their lives.
THE ABILITY TO IMPACT THE DAILY LIVES OF FAMILIES
What comes to your mind when someone mentions family?   It’s probably a picture where everyone is healthy, happy and thriving . . . and is achieving their dreams.  For many in Greene County, this dream can be a daily struggle.  Too many families don’t have the resources or support to overcome the challenges that a developmental disability can create.

At ABILITIES FIRST, we recognize the value of all people and work hard to partner with their families and the community to meet their needs.

From newborns to toddlers and teenagers to adults, ABILITIES FIRST helps people in our community enhance their lives, empower their voices and achieve their dreams.  Our goal is to assist the people we serve by understanding their wants and needs, help them outline their goals, formalize necessary action steps and critical timelines, and to facilitate trained professionals who will go step-by-step to help each family realize these goals.  If you have a loved one who could benefit from our services, or are not sure if you qualify for assistance, please call 417.886.0404 and we can help.
ABILITIES FIRST
1370 E. PRIMROSE AVE, SUITE A
SPRINGFIELD, MO 65804
TELEPHONE: 417-886-0404
EMAIL: INFO@ABILITIESFIRST.NET
OFFICE HOURS:
MON-FRI 8AM-5PM
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10 Year Target/Inclusion