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History

For over 60 years, Ability Beyond has pioneered ways to help thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities to discover their abilities and become an integral part of their communities.
Today, with over 3,000 people benefiting from our services across New York and Connecticut, we are at the forefront in developing innovative programs and best practices that are being recognized and adopted on a national level.

1953

Ability Beyond was founded by a group of parents who dreamt of a better life for their children – a life in which disability did not define who they were, what they did or where they could go.

  • Initial servcies were for children and included day care, school and recreation supports with parents as volunteers

1960s

Official Establishment

Corporation was officially established as well as launched employment for individuals 16 and up.

  • 1967 – Opened our Main Headquarters
  • 1968 – Opened our First Group Home

1970s

More Programs and Homes

Began supporting people with mental illness and physical disabilities

  • 1976 – Became the first organization in Connecticut to achieve international accrediation
  • Opened 3 new group homes
  • A total of over 200 people served

1980s

First in Northeast to Serve Individuals with TBI

  • 1983 – First in Northeast to provide day services for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • A total of 18 homes in place
  • 5 homes for individuals with TBI under construction

1990s

Branching Out

  • 1993 – A total of 26 homes in place
  • 1995 – Began services in NY, first for people with TBI
  • Opened office in Mt. Kisco, NY headquarters
  • Outpatient clinic opened in Mt. Kisco, NY

2000-2005

50th Anniversary

  • 50th Anniversary Campaign raised over $8 million
  • 2005 – One of the first organizations in the country to close its sheltered workshop and move all people served into community based employment

2005-2010

Community-Based Service

  • All services now community-based
  • 2007 – New program for young adults with mental illness cited as “state of the art” by the federal government
  • Opened satellite office in Plainville, CT
  • 2009 – Opened Roses for Autism program in Guilford, CT

2010-2013

Growth

  • Opened satellite offices in Norwalk, CT and Waterbury, CT
  • Successful merger with interlude, Inc. expanding our mental health expertise
  • Model home for people aging with disabilities number of individuals receiving employment supports annually
  • Growth to over 2,100 people served annually

2014-2015

Progressive Programs Continue

  • 2014 – Opened Howland House in Beacon, NY, creating a revolutionary model of care for our aging and medically frail population.
  • Piloted Transition Services to support the seamless transition of individuals into adulthood with opportunities for meaningful employment, continuing education and personal success.

2016

Thought Leadership

  • 2016 – Launch of comprehensive Resource Center, providing thought leadership and guidance to other service providers

And Beyond…

The Future

With the unwavering dedication of our staff, partners and supporters, Ability Beyond continues to innovate and empower the people we serve go beyond limitations and expectations.
We will continue to make strides in technology for independent living, consulting services that transform employment and innovative homes for the special needs of our aging society.
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