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ASI Celebrates 43 Years of Disability Service to Our Community

Milestones are an opportunity to look back at our successes; evaluate and learn from our shortcomings; and a reason to pause as we plan for future challenges.

 

Abilities Services has created a proud heritage In Crawfordsville, Lafayette, and Frankfort.

Being founded as a grass roots movement in the early 1960s by local ARCs, Abilities Services is now a premier community organization which provides services to clients with developmental disabilities and their families in Clinton, Montgomery, Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. We’re thankful for a collective group of concerned parents and guardians who had a vision and persistence. They advocated legislatively, volunteered for a cause and gave untiringly. They desired nothing more than a voice for their children and improvement in their lives.

 

Our roots go back predominately to Boone, Clinton and Montgomery counties. By the mid to late 1980s, Boone ARC decided to go their separate way and Montgomery County (then known as ACAPAL – Adult Children Association with Potential for Learning) allied with the Clinton ARC. However, even with a central mission, both counties continued with their own identities. In Clinton County, we were known as The Opportunity Center and in Montgomery County, people still remember our “pallet shop”.

 

Changes to Abilities Services, Inc

The Opportunity Center name and facility has been replaced by a beautiful, new 14,000 sq ft facility located on the west edge of the Frankfort city limits. And, in Crawfordsville, the pallet shop is now closed for nearly a decade, but the remnants of wood products and mulch remind us of our past. Around 1995, we were invited into Tippecanoe County to provide disability services to disadvantaged youth. Quickly and in addition to, we started to fill a void for supported living and job placement services for the disabled. Today, Tippecanoe County represents approximately one-third of all ASI disability services.

 

Yes, our consumers benefited from those grassroots movements, and our continued advocacy since continues to provide a myriad of opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

 

Recently, we’ve extended our mission to encompass those with similar disadvantages. We strongly believe that the baby boom generation and their parents will require and need many services synonymous with our current service base. For that reason, we started and are rapidly growing our non-medical, personal and companion care business for the elderly, Home by Choice. With a strong sense of history, a passion for quality and a commitment for putting our consumers first, Abilities Services is now in its 43rd corporate year with a strong financial budget of approximately $5.0 million.

 

Abilities Services, known locally as ASI, has developed a talented and highly committed board, staff and volunteer group eager to grow and advance our mission.


A Community Center Beyond Crawfordsville, Indiana

Abilities Services is a not-for-profit community organization and disability center that is:

 

  • Constantly adapting, evolving, and growing to meet the changing needs of families.
  • Proud to reach over 230 families each year, while providing a full range of disability services from companion care for the elderly to employment, training, and day services for disabled adults.
  • Committed to advocacy in many forms, in order to raise awareness, open doors and increase opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Committed to inclusion and mainstreaming consumers as much as possible in the CrawfordsvilleFrankfortand Lafayette communities, so that they are “seen and heard” as everyday friends, neighbors, and citizens.
  • An active member of the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF) and the Chamber of Commerce of Clinton, Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties.

The guiding framework of services is found in our:

 

  • Mission: To assist people with disabilities, or similar disadvantages, to live and work in the community.
  • Vision: Progressive and diverse opportunities for a changing community
  • Values: People – Positive Change – Quality - Commitment

 

ASI Disability Programs and Services 

 

  • Best Buddies: Program pairs individual clients 1:1 with college volunteers.
  • Community Habilitation: Day services provided to individuals and small groups in the community offering a variety of experiences and volunteering opportunities.
  • Adult Day Services: Facility based curriculum– art, gardening, music, cooking, exercise, socialization, sensory stimulation and specialty classes – for adult clients.
  • Employment Services for People With Disabilities: Work services for consumers
  • Family Supports: Residential and respite services provided to individuals who live at home with their families.
  • Home by Choice: Non-medical personal and companion care service offered to seniors and home-bound individuals.
  • Protective Services: Guardianship and advocacy for individuals without involved families.
  • Recreation: Ongoing activities and community excursions.
  • Recreational Therapy: Individualized therapeutic approach using leisure activities to learn new skills and maintain current ones.
  • Residential Services: Group Homes – 24 hour supervision – 3 homes in different neighborhoods.
  • Service Coordination: Assistance to families and monitoring of individual progress and satisfaction as well as future planning.
  • Supported Living: Direct support services to allow consumers to live in apartments and homes.

I’m excited to be a part of an organization celebrating its successes, embracing its challenges and planning for enhanced services to friends, families and consumers with developmental disabilities and an aging population who desires to remain as independent as possible.

 

I want to personally thank each of you for your support to our mission.

 

-Robert S. Cook RFC, CSA Executive Director of Abilities Services

What is a Disability?

The definition of a developmental disability includes, but is not limited to: an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, a severe head injury that occurred before the age of 22, or a severe seizure disorder.

 

Under federal law, "developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that:

 

  • attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
  • manifests before the individual attains age 22
  • is likely to continue indefinitely
  • results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    • self care
    • receptive and expressive language
    • learning
    • reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
    • economic self-sufficiency; and
    • capacity for independent living
    • self-direction
    • mobility

 

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