AdaptAbilities is a non-profit organization that makes a positive impact on the whole family. Children and adults with diverse abilities thrive in their programs and their families get an essential break from caregiving to live, work and support their own well-being.
AdaptAbilities creates possibilities for individuals with diverse abilities and their families by delivering essential programs. They create a place where friendships are made, and where individuals and their families grow, succeed, and belong.
They champion inclusion for kids and adults living with visible and invisible disabilities. While they work with almost any type of defined or undefined disability, their programs are designed for:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Down Syndrome
- Anxiety Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
AdaptAbilities founder, Michelle Hordal, was an Adaptive Physical Education teacher who heard stories from parents and children about gaps in the disability and family support system. In response, she started AdaptAbilities in 2004. Their first program was the Hearts in Action summer camps, which is still their most popular program. They have since expanded their services to include Out-of-School Care, Weekend Respite, Social Nights, Community Connect and In-Home respite. AdaptAbilities currently serves the Edmonton region in multiple locations.
AdaptAbilities offers programs and services that focus on building trust, creating hope, and establishing meaningful relationships. Thye offer year-round respite programs that integrate Essential Life Skills, Expressive Arts and Recreation, and Motor Development into each day. Their Community Specialists are trained to provide in-home respite services for families to suit their unique needs. Their inclusive environment is essential to their participants’ and their families’ well-being, meeting them wherever they may be on their inclusion journey!
For more information on AdaptAbilities please visit their website: https://adaptabilities.ca/