Abilities without Boundaries (AWB) empowers individuals with disabilities the freedom and opportunity to succeed in social and vocational pursuits within a safe, nurturing environment.
Abilities without Boundaries placed significant focus on expanding employment opportunities, enhancing cultural awareness and empowering the rights, respect and dignity of our participants. Below you will find highlighted progress notes from the last year:
Abilities Without Boundaries has continued to expand our employment program to allow as many consumers as possible to fulfill their dreams in maintaining employment. 75% of the participants at Abilities Without Boundaries engage in some form of employment. 51% work in the community, 18% work in house, and 6% work independently.
Abilities Without Boundaries has expanded job site offerings by 57%, increasing from 30 sites in February 2014 to 47 sites in February 2015. In addition to increasing the number of sites at already existing partnerships, we were able to forge new relationships with 8 employers.
Abilities Without Boundaries continues to strive to encourage as much diversity and awareness as possible. In March 2014, Abilities Without Boundaries hired a recreation coordinator to organize and host recreational events including activities that expanded cultural awareness. Monthly recreation calendars were created with at least one cultural activity offered including Cinco de Mayo party, Rosh Hashanah hot lunch, Multicultural Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day “dream a dream” activities, and Black History Month hot lunch.
We continue to strive for program participants to experience a high level of respect and dignity throughout their time at Abilities Without Boundaries. In June 2014, Abilities Without Boundaries began its first Self-Determination Group. This group, which meets twice a month with an adviser, discusses empowerment of individuals with disabilities. The group is entirely based on each individual’s rights as individuals. They discuss and practice self-advocacy and are learning through their adviser how to learn about themselves and accomplish their wants and needs.
In order to continue building on recent successes, Abilities Without Boundaries continually evaluates their needs from various perspectives. Currently, AWB identifies their most pressing needs as:
Dear Community Members,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept my gratitude for your contributions, support and engagement in our remarkable organization. The organization has made impressive strides over the past year by making prudent investments in our talent, infrastructure and resources so that we can provide a premiere level of service to our clients.
My fellow board members and I recognize the importance of taking our program to the next level. Our board thrives upon advocacy, as we continuously focus efforts on the supreme objective to consider and engage all aspects that truly address the needs of our clients. We exhibit an unwillingness to accept the status quo, and provide encouragement that has helped motivate the organization strive not only to meet, but exceed goals. The board devotes their time and energy on initiatives such as strategic planning, fundraising, operational evaluations, meaningful programs and opportunities for our clients, renewal and upgrade of our facilities and resources, business plans, and the development of our management and staff.
Our culture is centered on "getting stuff done" and more importantly motivating others within the organization to live this core value and embrace challenges to succeed beyond expectations. While we encourage bright ideas, we pride ourselves on the resulting accomplishments and recognize the significance of hard work. We know that we have to "earn our way" in order to achieve success and conquer the next level.
I would like to acknowledge and show appreciation to board members Judy Rowinski and Gerry Barker, who have served the organization with distinction and dedication, each for twenty plus years, and continue to be essential and key in our efforts to take the organization to the next level. I would also like to recognize Clay Yalof, who stepped down from the board in December 2012 after twenty plus years of devoted and dedicated service. The organization is extremely fortunate to have had a board member and more appropriately, a visionary, who brought his best ideas to the forefront, who engaged others through a premier level of leadership, and whose passion provided the building blocks to bring the organization to a premier position in its field. Clay, Judy and Gerry have all personally impacted my engagement with the organization as their stewardship has inspired me to go above and beyond.
I would like to extend a special remembrance for two remarkable clients, who unfortunately we lost this past year, John Vlahos and Andrew Delage. We miss the energy and joy they brought us each and every day. Their positive spirits and legacies are instilled within our organization.
We are an organization that is bound by our relationships and trust. The board is so very fond of our clients and their meaningful accomplishments. As a board we value our relationship with management and staff and look forward to opportunities to develop and strengthen the bond. We are truly fortunate to have the support of so many generous contributors, supporters and business partners. Together we can all "live" the mission and core values of Abilities Without Boundaries and continue to make the organization a better place for tomorrow.
Thank you for your trust,
As part of the learning process at Abilities Without Boundaries, clients participate in Community Experience programming. Individuals in this program visit a wide range of settings to stimulate their social skills and learn. With the help of a trained staff person, the clients from Abilities Without Boundaries travel to local parks, shopping malls, grocery stores, and more. These unique sites help teach social interaction, money exchange, and dining skills outside the Abilities Without Boundaries facility.
In FY2015, AWB has drafted strategic goals for the AWB Community Program focusing on diversity, independence and quality. The following components are valuable strategies to ensuring our participants become integrated into their community and independent in their lives:
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