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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

The History of Abilities First

Since 1958, Abilities First began with a small group of parent pioneers and have been providing services to individuals since. The organization's mission is to empower individuals and families living with differing abilities to discover and to fulfill their unique potential within their communities.

In the early 1950’s, there were few programs or services available in Middletown for children with physical disabilities. In response to this unmet need, a local group of parents formed the organization to provide therapy and education to children with disabilities. As Abilities First responds to the ever-changing needs of the community, services continue to change.   
Today, Abilities First continues to focus on fulfilling the needs of the community: the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder is increasing; the need for kindergarten readiness is a high priority; day care and therapy for children with developmental disabilities like spina bifida, Downs syndrome, and cerebral palsy are services necessary for youth programs from birth through the teen years.
The Reverend Lamar and Maryanne Ferrell share their family story: “Our daughter Elley, age 16 who has spina bifida has received services from Abilities First since three months of age. She has gross motor, fine motor, and cognitive challenges. Abilities first has made an incredible impact in her life by providing her with pediatric therapy programs on both an individual and group basis. 
Elley has received multiple types of therapies including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We have received consistent and excellent care at all levels. Abilities First has offered a great variety of activities to encourage Elley’s development which have included community field trips, dance classes, and basic life skill development. Elley has been privileged to participate in activities like canoeing and zip lining on community field trips. Something she would have never got to experience otherwise. 
Based upon our experiences and excellent relationship with Abilities First, we will continue to refer others for years to come. Abilities First has so much to offer to infants and children in Butler, Warren and surrounding counties.” 


Abilities First Development Department offers a number of ways you can support local children 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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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.