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Ability Beyond Disability
Last updated on April 29, 2013


To enable individuals whose independent living skills are impaired by disability, illness or injury, to achieve and maintain self-reliance, fulfillment and comfort at home, at work and in the community, by providing the best comprehensive home, health and rehabilitation services.

For over 50 years, Ability Beyond Disability has helped thousands of people with disabilities to realize their dreams, offering one of the most extensive systems of support and services in the Northeast. People who were once sheltered and institutionalized now lead full and independent lives thanks to our creative solutions to meet housing, work, recreation, transportation and medical needs. Ability Beyond Disability helps individuals with disabilities to enjoy their highest level of independence maintain their optimal health, while enriching our diverse community with their strength and courageous spirit.

We are in the forefront of developing new programs so that people who were once segregated can now choose their own home, work at meaningful jobs, volunteer in the community, and socialize with their friends.

Ability Beyond Disability never gives up on those who ask for help.

In 1953, a small group of parents dared to dream of a better life for their children a life in which disability would not define who they were, what they did, or where they could go. To fulfill that dream, they founded Datahr Rehabilitation Institute, now known as Ability Beyond Disability.

Since that modest beginning, Ability Beyond Disability has helped make the hopes and dreams of thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities a reality. We have pioneered ways to support people with disabilities to live with independence, respect, and dignity. After opening the first group home in 1968, for example, Ability Beyond Disability, quickly became Connecticut's largest private provider of residential services for people with disabilities.

During the 1980's, Ability Beyond Disability expanded services to offer clinical supports including occupational, speech and physical therapy, on-site nursing, dietary and behavioral professionals; and in 1983, we began our Traumatic Brain Injury Program in Connecticut, making it the first of its kind to be offered in the state. In 1987 our first two residential homes for TBI patients were opened, making Ability Beyond Disability the first agency in the state of Connecticut to serve those with traumatic brain injuries through a residential program. In the mid-nineties, we started the first program providing direct services for people with brain injuries in New York.

Next, we began helping hundreds of adults to find paid employment each year, and by 1997 achieved the highest number of job placements in the state of Connecticut. In 2001, Ability Beyond Disability took community inclusion a step further and launched our Community Integration Project, an initiative to move the people who were being served in sheltered workshops and structured programs out into community settings.

In 2003, we embarked on the most ambitious fundraising initiative in Ability Beyond Disability's history - the 50th Anniversary Campaign. The goal of the campaign was to raise $7 million in support of achieving full community-integration for each individual served, better address the changing residential needs of our aging population, and build our endowment to guarantee continued excellence, innovation and services in the future. Less than two years after the launch of the campaign we had successfully raised $8.5 million, closed our segregated workshops and moved into a smaller headquarters, significantly reducing overhead costs.

Throughout our history, Ability Beyond Disability has long been a beacon of light, leading efforts for community-based services. Our strong belief in community inclusion and a history of creating a level playing field for people with disabilities has made us a leading provider of the services that make a tangible difference in people's lives. In fact, Ability Beyond Disability offers one of the most comprehensive systems of community-based support for people with disabilities in the Northeast, with services spanning Connecticut and northeastern metropolitan New York.

Contact person: Samantha Cosentino, Events and Volunteer Coordinator, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (203) 775-8308

 4 Berkshire Boulevard
Bethel, CT 06801
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Web Site: http://www.abilitybeyonddisability.org


 From I-84 EAST: -Exit 8 (US 6 E/Newtown Road Exit) -Stay Straight to go onto Route 6 E/Newtown Road -At 4th traffic light, take Left onto Garella Road (Opposite 7-11) -Take first Left onto Birch Drive -Take first Left onto Berkshire Boulevard -Take the third driveway. . . (more)
Last updated on April 29, 2013

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