AbilityFirst provides programs and services to help children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential. Established in 1926 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, the name AbilityFirst was adopted by the organization to better reflect our mission, our vision, and our commitment to celebrating the unique abilities of every individual. AbilityFirst corporate headquarters are located in Pasadena, along with a Work Center that offers paid work to adults with developmental disabilities. Also located in Pasadena is an after school enrichment program at the Lawrence L. Frank Center.
The after school programs provide a nurturing environment for school age youth with developmental disabilities. There is a focus on Basic Life Skills, Communication, Socialization and Healthy Living. An adult community integration program is also housed at that site with a focus on exploring the surrounding community.
AbilityFirst operates two residential group homes in Pasadena. The most recent program implemented in Pasadena is the College to Career Program.
This is a partnership with Pasadena City College to provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities who will benefit from postsecondary education. Each student is supported by an “educational coach” from AbilityFirst.