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Authors Luncheon raises over $375,000!

The 26th Annual Abilities United’s historically successful fundraiser, Authors Luncheon, raised over $375,000 as of November 13, 2017. This popular event attended by nearly 500 community members from throughout the Bay Area was held on Saturday, November 4, and... read more

Meet the 40th Anniversary Aquathon honorary swimmer

Anne Berry joined the Abilities United Community Connections program in January 2011.  Over the years she has taken advantage of all that the program offers, volunteering at local nonprofits and participating in the many social group activities.  Anne states with her... read more

Stanford engineering students build accessible tool

Three Stanford University engineering students, working with Abilities United, have come up with an artist’s tool that allows people with limited arm and hand control to make art on their own without an assistant guiding their hand. The prototype, which the students... read more

Creating a community of opportunity

If you’re on Bay Area roads and see the headquarters of Levi Strauss, Facebook, Pixar or PayPal,  you instantly associate them with their products and services. When you see the sign for Abilities United, a non-profit based in Palo Alto, the connection isn’t as... read more

Artists Join Award-Winning Art Lifting

Abilities United artists Daniel Arroyo, Ingrid Lai, and Philip Ma have joined ArtLifting, an award-winning national marketplace for notable artists affected by disabilities or homelessness. ArtLifting began as a Boston startup in 2013 and now has contracts with more... read more

Blossoming career as an artist

Years before Daniel Arroyo spoke, he expressed himself with art. He just always loved to draw. Cartoon characters were his first subjects. He’d sit in front of the TV, making wavy pen lines on sheets of printer paper until an image of SpongeBob SquarePants or Thomas... read more