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.
PCDA serves birth through 21 years of age providing a wide range of therapy services, including early intervention, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy (including AAC), child and family counseling, feeding services, social skills groups, Floortime intervention, Teen Club, Young Adults program, Parent classes, music therapy, adapted music and dance classes, summer creative arts camp, adapted choir, Young Athletes Special Olympics, and more! Most services are funded through the regional center. We serve children with autism, intellectual disability, genetic syndromes, and other developmental challenges affecting social skills, behavior, communication, and thinking. PCDA uses a DIR/Floortime approach to intervention which focuses on relationships, including parents, family and peers, and the process of learning through emotionally meaningful interactions. We welcome you to come visit!
In an environment of love, care and hope, Villa Esperanza Services provides the tools and support necessary for children, adults and seniors with special needs to achieve their goals, live fulfilling lives and embrace a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Villa serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities including more than twenty-five different diagnoses. Our wide variety of programs and services assist infants to seniors in addition to providing support and encouragement to their families.
We change lives—from teaching a child with autism how to say “hello;” to giving an adult with Down syndrome the skills to earn a paycheck and the pride of having a job; to providing an intellectually disabled senior the opportunity to give back to the community through volunteering and helping others.
Our customized and comprehensive programs for children centralized within the community:
• Villa Esperanza School
• Hjelte-Phillips Speech and Language Center
• Occupational therapy clinic
• Behavioral therapy
• Early intervention services
Our personalized programs for adults and seniors integrated throughout the community:
• Employment services
• Family-style residential homes
• Independent living apartments
• Independent living skills coaching
• Community-integrated skills training
• Day programs for adults and seniors
As a non-profit organization, Villa serves more than 650 individuals and their families each year in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Since 1961 we have been a leader in advocating and advancing services for the intellectually/developmentally disabled community. Villa excels in offering progressive and innovative approaches and solutions. Our ability to forecast and meet the changing needs of our clients has established us as a unique service provider, offering individualized programs and a continuum of care over the course of a lifetime.