Who we are
Abilities United advances advocacy, inclusion, and independence for people with developmental disabilities.
Abilities United sees a world where people of all abilities live, learn, work, and play together.
Founded in 1963 by 12 families whose children had intellectual disabilities, Abilities United (formerly C.A.R., Community Association for Rehabilitation), a not-for profit 501(c)3 organization, now serves a diverse group of individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area, who have developmental (autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and intellectual disability) and physical disabilities or are at risk of developmental delay.
Since its inception, Abilities United has offered people of all ages and abilities educational, therapeutic, recreational, and vocational experiences to help them lead meaningful lives and resource connections that make it easier for them to lead the lives they chose.
As we have evolved from a sheltered environment to one of community inclusion, our neighbors can see that indeed, each individual has abilities and together we strengthen our community.
Abilities United has been accredited by CARF, a national rehabilitation services accreditation commission, since 1980.
We strive every day to bring the highest-quality services to the children, adults, and families who work with us. Our work involves championing for their rights — but that doesn’t mean making decisions for them; it means making decisions with them.
That promise of excellence also extends to our staff and volunteers. We promise to treat all members of our organization with dignity and respect in an open, rewarding, and safe environment, under the guidance of a skilled management team. Whether it’s in recruitment or training, we aim to find the very best employees, volunteers, and training resources to ensure the highest-quality service.
Last but not least, we promise to operate in a manner that fosters trust in our donors and other funders. That includes clear and open communication, cost-effective operations, and a constant quest for knowledge that allows us to continue offering innovative programming for our participants.