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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

The Advisor - June 2018

The Advisor, June 2018

The latest news and views from Abilities First


It's a Party!

Abilities First is celebrating 60 years of helping children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. Please attend our Birthday Party sponsored by Valley Central Bank. Cake and ice cream will be served.
When: Thursday, August 2, Where: Abilities First, 4710 Timber Trail Dr.
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
(Feel free to come and go as you please)  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to[email protected]org.
If you cannot attend but want to support Abilities First, you can buy a birthday wish for $60 at this secure online link: https://gifts.abilitiesfirst.org/give/184353/#!/donation/checkout  . 

Thanks to the Elks Lodge #257 

Abilities First President Robin Usalis accepts a donation of $2,048.68 from Elks Lodge 257 represented by the Exalted Ruler Bill Russell.
All 2017 donors are listed here:

On the Road with Andrew Steward

Abilities First Adult Day Program participants traveled with Andrew to the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. You can tell they learned a lot from the visit.

Click on the picture to view the video.

Abilities First Night at Dayton Dragons, 5/3 Field

Residents and staff of Doty House, Hopewell, and students of Abilities First celebrated the agency's 60th birthday at a Dayton Dragons baseball game, recently. The Dragons team is a Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League. 
A great big THANK YOU to Abilities First receptionist Cheryl Hoag, and driver Steve Stivers, for organizing the event fund raiser on behalf of Abilities First. 



Abilities First Helps PAWS Adoption Center

A Food Drive for Homeless Animals was celebrated at Abilities First throughout the month of May. Thanks for the kindness of many Abilities First employees who participated. Animal food was delivered to the PAWS Adoption Center, today. 
Abilities First Director of Adult Day and Employment Services Jaila Dunford, holding Toro; Abilities First Marketing and Development Coordinator Connie Sandker holding Chilly Willy; PAWS Board President, Gail Corrill holding Cody; Abilities First HR Assistant and Payroll Vicki Warnock; PAWS Kennel Staff Brianna Vandeventer, with Walter. Toro, Chilly Willy and Walter are all up for adoption. Contact PAWS Adoption Center for information about adopting a pet: Phone: 513-539-7297.           

Thank You, Shaboom's, Inc 

Thanks to Shaboom's, Inc. for the wonderful End of Summer Party they sponsored for the Abilities First Autism Learning Center, recently. The food, games, volunteer helpers, family and fun were amazing! Shabooms Inc. is a nonprofit organization that raises money for college scholarships in recognition Sgt. Jimmy Robinson who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Camp Retreat 

Recently, Hopewell residents Jimmy, Erin, Keheley, and Joey attended Abilities First Camp at Hueston Woods. Clients get out of their everyday normal living and get into the community for an extended period of time. While at Hueston Woods the clients are able to go to the beach, have bonfires, explore nature and see the rare animals that are kept at the Nature Preserve, and RELAX! Camp provides an environment for the clients that they enjoy and look forward to everyday.

The Early Childhood Learning Center Celebrates 

Muffins with Mom...                                                                                    Donuts with Dad...                                                                                                               

Click the pictures to view the videos.

We Love Our Partners

Thanks to Vineyard Cincinnati Youth Group and Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, for bringing a fun and exciting block party to Abilities First. Lots of fun for everyone! Click on the picture to view the video

Kids Connect with MAC

The summer fun has begun with the Wednesday night Kids Connect social skills group. This week they visited the Middletown Arts Center and had a wonderful time. The group was able to see some pieces that will be included in the upcoming Annual Student Exhibition. They also spent time in the studio. One of their favorite activities was creating art work called Zentangled.

Middletown ROCKS!!!

The Kids Connect group visited the Middletown Arts Center last week and are now ready to add their contributions to Middletown ROCKS. This painted rock phenomenon is spreading through our community and is part of a nationwide effort to spread happiness. 
The group painted the rocks last week and they will hide them the week of June 18th. They will be hidden where they can be found, but in places that you will not expect. 
According to the “rules”, when you find a rock, you should post a photo of your rock on the @MiddletownRocks Facebook page. Once you have done this, you can re-hide the rock.

We're hiring!

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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