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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Heritage picnic

20621141 649513678586307 4146078538396264923 nHeritage picnic for Abilities First staff and their families: Delicious food, free ice cream treats, plenty of door prizes including gift cards, and flowers from Berns, swag bag with sidewalk chalk and bubbles for kids, games, and fun! Thanks to Hopewell Residential for hosting!

Peil's Place

Abilities First, Berachah Church, and the Peil family dedicated the agency's third Autism Learning Center classroom to Dr. Joseph, Virgiline, and David Peil for their dedication and devotion to the education and care of the young people of Middletown with disabilities. The ALC program began in 2009 as the brainchild of Senior Director of Children Services Jan Rosebrough, and has been growing since. As a matter of fact, the ALC is in need of another classroom. In 2016 the Berachah Church Masters Golf Tournament raised $15,000 to contribute to the new classroom. They will continue to support the ALC with proceeds earned from the 2017 Berachah Church Masters Golf Tournament. Thanks to all! You may donate to the Abilities First Autism at the secure online link

Preschool registration

20621857 647519342119074 2155885511247512569 nEnrolling for Preschool, NOW!

Abilities First's preschool classrooms are set up for children to learn as they explore different centers in the environment. Teachers work with children in small groups so they can meet each child at their own developmental level and help them prepare for kindergarten. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

"Team work makes the dream work!"

SifMeet Emalyne (Emma), Sif, & Michelle...

A winning team! Emma is an 11 year old student who just completed the fifth grade. Sif is a Golden Doodle service dog.

In 2006, Emma was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic epileptic encephalopathy. Only 3 other cases were known in Ohio at the time of her diagnosis. According to Emma’s mom Michelle, the family raised $15,000 to get Sif for Emma. The pair have been together for one year. “When Emma is out in public, she is tethered to Sif with a special vest with a D ring,” Michelle said.

Abilities First Physical Therapist Lynne Hauser, Abilities First Speech Therapist Michelle Moran, and Abilities First Occupational Therapist Hillary Fritz, work with Emma and Sif on a regular basis. To improve Emma’s feelings of safety, and self-confidence, the sessions focus on seizure alerts and behavior disruptions. Building Emma’s sense of independence is the goal.

Like other children her age, Emma has a morning routine: Get dressed and get out of the house with enough time to get to her favorite restaurant for scrambled eggs and hash browns before school. She also enjoys grocery shopping with her mother and buying her ten favorite things. That’s Potential Made Possible!

We are so grateful to this community for embracing Abilities First and supporting our mission for the past 59 years – helping our children and adults achieve success.

Please consider making a tax-free secure online donation at www.paypal.com.

Financial security for people with disabilities

STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security. Earnings in this investment account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “qualified disability expenses.” Doug Jackson, Deputy Director from Treasurer of Ohio's office was available, at Abilities First, tonight, to discuss STABLE Account benefits, eligibility, qualified expenses, and how to open an account. See more at STABLE Accounts.20292643 645382725666069 4058519657912848719 n

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.