CALENDAR
TURNING ABILITIES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
COMMUNITY INCLUSION FOR THE PAST 36 YEARS
COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES
WE RISE WHEN WE WORK TO LIFT OTHERS
From newborns to toddlers and teenagers to adults, Abilities First helps people with developmental disabilities in our community enhance their lives, empower their voices and achieve their dreams.

ABILITIES FIRST and its programs, retail stores and grant funding recipients support a wide variety of services including:  early intervention for infants and toddlers, residential services, independent living assistance, employment and transportation services.  The goal is to provide all the necessary supports, services, resources, and opportunities for anyone with a developmental disability to thrive on a daily basis and throughout the many transitions of their lives.

For more information on our
ABILITIES FIRST OPPORTUNITIES,
please call us at 417.886.0404

You can also send emails to:
info@abilitiesfirst.net
THE FIVE WAYS WE SERVE OUR LOCAL AREA:
Our programs offer opportunities for all ages, from birth to seniors. We also own and operate an upscale resale boutique; an art retail store and gallery boutique.
FIRST STEPS | Helping children ages birth to 3 years reach their highest potential.
EARLY INTERVENTION
ABILITIES FIRST believes strongly in the importance of early Intervention.   It’s about helping infants and toddlers acquire important developmental skills, such as crawling, playing, talking and eating, during their first three years.

For over 20 years, we’ve brought families together with early intervention specialists. Early intervention teams consist of speech therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, special instructors, and service coordinators.
For more information about FirstSTEPS, call 417.886.0404  |
THE NEXT STEP | Building stronger connections.
REACHING DREAMS TOGETHER
The goal of The NEXT STEP is to facilitate a trusting, caring relationship between the Support Coordinator and the individual.  That leads to better planning and achievement of the goals set by the individual and the family throughout the many phases of his or her life.

We outline outcomes, action steps, timelines, and identify who is responsible, so people with developmental disabilities can reach their dreams.
For more information about The NextSTEP, call 417.886.0404  |
ART INSPIRED ACADEMY | Exploring the creative arts together.
EXPLORE THE ARTS
Our mission is to provide an inclusive experience for individuals with and without disabilities to participate in creative arts opportunities including theater, music, dance, art, and MORE!

Participants will express themselves through artistic experiences while working on individual goals to improve communication, motor skills, social skills, self control and confidence.
For more information about ART INSPIRED ACADEMY, call 417.886.0404  |
ART INSPIRED | A place to create, connect, learn, and grow.
ART INSPIRED is a non-profit business concept that provides employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities who might otherwise not be able to work, to work alongside individuals who do not have disabilities.  Located in downtown Springfield, MO, we offer art gallery space, craft activities for all ages, classes, meeting facilities, and MORE!

We are also a RETAIL STORE and MANUFACTURING FACILITY that transforms recycled paper into art and architecture that you wouldn't believe! There is a huge volume of paper that is discarded annually, it is a rich source of potential product that we collect, shred, and mix into a paper pulp similar to clay that is then formed into a rock hard material we shape into an endless number of creative products. After formed into moulds and heat dried, our medium becomes a lightweight substitue for heavy cast stone.

The product can be used to make self standing, load bearing products such as desks, benches, complete countertop cabinetry, home decor items, planters, picture frames, etc.
For more information about ART INSPIRED, call 417.868.8084  |
INSPIRED BOUTIQUE | A top quality shop, with bottom dollar prices.
INSPIRED BOUTIQUE is an up-scale resale shop featuring name brand clothing, shoes, furniture, household items and MORE all at affordable prices. We also repurpose items that might otherwise be discarded, transforming them into lovely new creations!

All proceeds go to support those with developmental disabilities in Greene County.
For more information about INSPIRED BOUTIQUE, call 417.886.2007  |
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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