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4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

“One Special Night" prom for MHS special needs students

Doty House resident Dylan and Doty House Manager Brandi McGowan attended the “One Special Night" prom for MHS special needs students, recently. Brandi said, "It was so much fun! Berachah church had a pre-dance party with activities and they donated shirts and ties to the boys and dresses to the girls and helped them get ready for the dance. It was catered by Cracker Barrel. The DJ was great and all the kids had a blast!"


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Abilities First welcomes the newest member to the Board of Trustees, Tal Moon

A Middletown native, Tal joined the Moon & Adrion InsuranceTal Moon Inc. Agency in 2009. He is the fourth generation of the Moon Family to work in the agency. Tal is a 2000 graduate of Middletown High School then continued his education at Miami University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, in 2004. Previously employed by United States Representative John Boehner, Tal worked in both the Butler and Miami County offices of Representative John Boehner. He received a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS) designation in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

Tal, his wife, Saralyn, and son Jack, live in Middletown and are members of The Oaks Community Church. Tal is an active member of several local organizations, including: Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown Monroe and Trenton; The Business Alliance; Middletown Young Professionals; Professional Independent Agents Association of Ohio; Middletown City Council; Warren County Municipal League Board of Directors; and, the S.E.L.F. Board of Directors representing Middletown City Council.
— with Tal Saralyn Moon.

Middletown High School's Career Exploration class

Middletown High School's Career Exploration class investigated Abilities First as they are considering possible careers for their future.

Middletown High School Students

Abilities First Autism Learning Center is specifically designed for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students on the Autism Spectrum.

The Abilities First Autism Learning Center is specifically designed for preschool, kindergarten and first grade students on the Autism Spectrum. Researchers studying toddlers and preschoolers with autism found that social and communication abilities closely tracked a child’s motor skills. Autism researcher Megan MacDonald advocates including motor skill development in autism therapies designed to improve social and communication skills. The Abilities First Physical Therapist Beth Hahne and Teacher Jessica Haas include Adaptive Physical Education in the curriculum of each ALC student. Contact Bettie Rountree at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 423-9496 Ext. 251 for more information. — with Beth Hahne andJessica Haas.

Autism Learning Center

Abilities First received a $5,000 grant from CareSource Foundation

Abilities First recently received a five thousand dollar grant for general operating support from the CareSource Foundation. This grant allows the agency to provide more people with high quality services and improve the lives of the individuals served in the Autism Learning Center, Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), preschool, Autism Learning Center (ALC), Therapy services, Adult Day Programs (ADP) and residential services for people with disabilities. 
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Pictured from left are: CareSource Community Education Representative Leona M. Johnson, Abilities First Marketing and Development Coordinator Connie Sandker, and CareSource Community Relations Representative Lera Battle-Mccullough.
The Abilities First ALC is specifically designed for children from three years of age through First grade, who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers and assistants focus on students learning the skills necessary to manage their own environment and build social relationships whether it is in a classroom, a trip to the grocery or a play date at a neighbor’s home. Another goal of the Autism Learning Center is to teach students the skills to successfully make a transition to a local school district. 
In 1990, Abilities First started a unique childcare program for typically developing children and children with disabilities. The ECLC, is a “Four-Star rated Step Up to Quality” center known for its commitment to providing an inclusive environment where children with special needs and typically developing children learn alongside one another and develop caring relationships with teachers, staff and their peers. 
Pediatric Therapies offers a complete spectrum of physical, occupational, speech and music therapy services to children with disabilities and special needs; Pediatric Therapies client base represents a wide-range of disabilities (approximately 200 different diagnoses) and ages from birth to 22 years. The Pediatric Therapy Department utilizes a variety of therapy techniques to treat a wide range of childhood disabilities; language and articulation, feeding issues, gross and fine-motor skill development, sensory dysfunction, neuromuscular problems, activities of daily living and functional living skills.
The ADP provides a safe and caring environment for adults with a higher degree of disabilities (individuals who will never live independently) while incorporating the individual's strengths and individual needs into daily living activities. The adult clients work daily on individualized goals for sensory integration, vocational rehabilitation, and physical and emotional development by participating in daily activities of appropriate independent living and social skills, music, crafts, and recreational and leisure activities through a variety of sensory and/or motor equipment, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment.
Abilities First has two Intermediate Care Facilities (ICF’s) that provide a family atmosphere with a strong foundation for individuals diagnosed with a wide-range of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The focus of both facilities is to provide residents with the “life skills” necessary to realize their full potential, offering them ongoing opportunities to participate in community life, and give them a comfortable, yet stimulating, environment in which to live. 
As a nonprofit organization, Abilities First holds its second Three-Year Accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accreditation is official recognition that an organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. It is a public statement that we strive to ensure that our services are of the highest possible quality. 
According to the Abilities First Vice President of Marketing and Development, the support of the CareSource Foundation helps the agency obtain additional financial support and strengthens the agency’s corporate collaborative which benefits all of the children and adults served. 

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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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