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Potential Made Possible

4710 Timber Trail Drive
Middletown, Ohio 45044

Thanks to Senator William P. Coley II, from Ohio's 4th Senatorial District

Thanks to Senator William P. Coley II, from Ohio's 4th Senatorial District, for paying tribute to Abilities First for empowering people with disabilities to reach their uniqiue potential for 60 years. The formal recognition from the General Assembly of the State of Ohio says:
"On behalf of the members of the Senate of the 132nd General Assembly of Ohio, we are pleased to pay tribute to Abilities First as it commemorates the Sixtieth Anniversary of its founding
Recognition of the milestone is fitting, for Abilities First has played a vital role in preparing area residents with disabilities to meet the challenges of their future. The organization was founded by a group of neighborhood families who recognized a need for services for children with disabilities, and it provides such services as education, job training, summer and adult day programs as well as adult residential facilities. By giving of their time energy, and abilities far beyond what is required of expected, the administrators and staff of this exemplary group have earned the gratitude and respect of countless Middletown families.
Abilities First provides clients with much more than basic education skills and by participating in the many activities, the people learn the value of such important qualities as cooperation, self-discipline, and perseverance and develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. As they take part in this Sixtieth Anniversary celebration, the clients and staff, both past and present, can be justly proud of this fine institution.
Thus, it is with genuine applause that we recognize Abilities First on its Sixtieth Anniversary and salute all those who help to make this venture an industry leader.”

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Thank you to Secretary of State of Ohio Jon Husted

Thank you to Secretary of State of Ohio Jon Husted, who sent a Certificate of Commendation for the 60 years of service that Abilities First has been empowering children and adults with disabilities to reach their unique potential. Congratulations to the staff, students, residents and clients.  37670611 814262688778071 1395628263962836992 n

Thanks to (Ohio District 53) State House Representative Candice Keller

Thanks to (Ohio District 53) State House Representative Candice Keller, for the recognition of Abilities First’s 60th year of empowering people with disabilities to reach their full potential.

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Evelyn makes her way over the bridge

Physical Therapist Lynne, is helping Evelyn make her way over the bridge to give some jewelry to her friend, Minnie.

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Abilities First Pediatric Therapists are experienced and go the extra mile for the families they serve. Contact Bettie at 513-423-9496 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

Abilities First Day, Thursday, August 2, 2018

IMG 4558Thanks, Mayor Lawrence P. Mulligan, Jr., and the Middletown City Council for proclaiming THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2018 as ABILITIES FIRST DAY. The Proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, people with disabilities should have the opportunity to achieve their unique potential and have an extraordinary quality of life. For the last 6o years, Abilities First has worked to empower people with disabilities to achieve their potential and is the region's first choice resource for people with disabilities & their families; and
WHEREAS, inside every child and adult is the ability for growth and Abilities First has a family of services helping the needs of families, from birth through life. Abilities First serves children with autism in the Autism Learning Center, including a 4 Plus i Preschool Program. Abilities First serves children with disabilities and typical children in the Integrated Early Childhood Learning Center and provides speech, occupational and physical therapy opportunities; and
WHEREAS, Abilities First provides an intensive pediatric therapy program, a residential care center, adult day programs and employment habilitation for people with disabilities. Abilities First transforms the lives of children and adults with disabilities to impact families, communities and businesses in Butler, Warren, Hamilton, Montgomery, Preble, Greene and Clark counties in Ohio; and
WHEREAS, all people living up to their full potential create productive citizens, and to that end, a better community for all. August 2, 2m8, is the both anniversary of the Abilities First Articles of Incorporation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Lawrence P. Mulligan, Jr., Mayor of the City of Middletown, Butler and Warren Counties, Ohio, do hereby proclaim August 2, 2018, as ABILITIES FIRST DAY in Middletown, Ohio
"Abilities First Day" is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the people served by Abilities First, the employees, citizens and professional partners of the organization who diligently work to make Middletown a unique and vibrant place to live, work, learn and play."  Untitled Extract Pages

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

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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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