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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Meet Melissa, Director of the Autism Learning Center

Melissa hayes instructorMelissa - our Director of the Autism Learning Center received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, an ODE Intervention Specialist License and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Xavier University. She taught preschool children with various developmental disabilities at Stepping Stones Center, in Cincinnati, for 7 years before joining the Abilities First Autism Learning Center team. Melissa received her Intervention Specialist License in 2009 from Xavier University and received Masters Degree in Special Education in 2012 from Xavier University.


Jessica - Teacher

JessicaJessica graduated from Morehead State University in Kentucky where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education (Learning and Behavioral Disorders). She always wanted to be a teacher and found a deeper interest in Special Education when taking college courses. Jessica wants to see every child succeed and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the children to their fullest potential. She feels a lot of accomplishment when she sees a child who was struggling with a task or concept, able to understand and overcome the obstacle.

Jessica is interested in specializing with children who have Autism and other disabilities.

Brandi - Teacher

BrandiBrandi received a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies with a focus in Child Development from Miami University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis through Arizona State. She has worked with children in a variety of settings and has a strong background in behavioral challenges.

Brandi has a special interest in Autism and true desire to help children and their families achieve their maximum potential.

Deborah - Family Advocate & ALC Assistant Teacher


Deborah holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Northern Kentucky University and is completing her Master's Degree in Social Work at Wright State University. She has a special interest in assisting and serving individuals with special needs, especially children and has been working with individuals of all age ranges with disabilities and special needs since 2008.

Her goal is to assist and empower families to better their lives and our community.

Sarah - Assistant Teacher

Sarah Sarah joined the Autism Learning Center team in December 2015. She is currently attending Miami University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and is a veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard.

She first volunteered in the 4 Plus 1 preschool classroom and, after falling in love with the program, decided to apply for the Classroom Assistant position.

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

Please contact Development Department at 513-423-9496 if you have any questions.
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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.  

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Services for Children

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

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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.

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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.