Abilities First


About Us

From birth through life, Abilities First of Middletown and Franklin, Ohio provides a broad array of individual and group programs for children and adults with disabilities.  


Services for Children

Potential is Made Possible through our coordinated services - Autism Learning Center, Free Therapy Screenings, Pediatric Therapies, and Integrated Early Childhood Learning.


Services For Adults

Adult independent living skills are an important aspect of creating a fulfilling life. Our residential and adult day programs provide a place of security, acceptance and a sense of belonging.


Get Involved

We need YOU to help support local children and adults with disabilities. Donate to our mission, volunteer at one of our locations or special events, advocate for people with disabilities.

Welcome to Abilities First

Abilities First believes people with disabilities should have the opportunity to achieve their unique potential and have an extraordinary quality of life.

disabilities therapyWe work to empower people with disabilities to achieve that unique potential from birth through life.

Founded in 1958, Abilities First is a non-profit organization, located in Middletown, OH that serves children and adults with a wide range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, learning disabilities, language and cognitive impairments. We provide individual, outpatient and group therapies, assistive technology, therapies to our own inclusive Early Childhood Learning Center and community day care settings. 

Our autism learning center provides children with the tools they need to be successful in school and our inclusive child care center provides a positive opportunity for children with special needs to learn alongside their typically developing peers. 

Through the delivery of outpatient physical, speech and occupational therapy services we improve function in all areas of development and our individualized job placement services help people achieve greater financial self-sufficiency through satisfying employment. For those whose developmental disability necessitates 24 hour residential care, we operate two intermediate care facilities as well as individualized daytime programming and recreational activities. Abilities First serves more than 800 children and adults with disabilities per year in multiple Ohio counties.  

With a continuum of programming from birth through all phases of life, Abilities First is Middletown’s only direct service agency for individuals with disabilities that provides such a diverse range of services. These services include:

  •  Autism Learning Center including our 4 Plus 1 Preschool Program
  • Free Therapy Screenings including Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Integrated Early Childhood Education Center and Daycare
  • Adult Day Program
  • Intensive Therapy to Gain Independence (Samson’s Kids)
  • Intermediate Care Facilities with Family Atmosphere
  • Many more targeted programs and services

Transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities impacts our families, our communities and our businesses throughout Butler and Warren counties. 

We believe that inside of every child and adult is the ability for growth. 

Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children and adults with disabilities.

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