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Our Passion

At Ability Connection Texas, our passion is providing the very highest quality care and support to children and adults with disabilities. Our organization has been building on this passion for over 61 years while continuing our commitment to level the playing field for those with disabilities. We empower individuals to live the best life possible by removing barriers that inhibit independence and autonomy. At Ability Connection Texas, we focus on each person’s ability and believe in each individual’s potential for success.

 

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About Ability Connection Texas (ACT)

Caring for and Supporting People with Disabilities

Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Service CenterAbility Connection Texas has been providing vital care and support to people with disabilities for over 61 years. Today, one in five people have a disability - which is why our services are so important. Whether advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, teaching the letters of the alphabet to a child with autism, or training an adult with a head injury to re-enter the workforce with the use of adaptive technology, ACT is the preeminent organization leading the way for people of all ages with any type of physical or intellectual disability.

Our Clients

Ability Connection - Helping a diverse community

At Ability Connection Texas, our clients are as diverse as our community. They are children and adults of all ages and ethnicities with all types of physical or intellectual disabilities. Our youngest client is 18 months old and our oldest is over 82 years old. 

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Our Passion

A Passion to support those with disabilities

At Ability Connection Texas, our passion is providing the very highest quality care and support to children and adults with disabilities. Our organization has been building on this passion for over 59 years while continuing our commitment to level the playing field for those with disabilities. We empower individuals to live the best life possible by removing barriers that inhibit independence and autonomy. At Ability Connection Texas, we focus on each person’s ability and believe in each individual’s potential for success. 

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Our History

Our History

Ability Connection Texas was founded on June 15th, 1953 as United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) of Dallas County. Initially UCP offered a sheltered workshop for adults with cerebral palsy and in 1957 added day care and pre-school classes for children with cerebral palsy. Adult services were located in a church on McKinney Avenue and children’s services were housed in the basement of Highland Park United Methodist Church on Mockingbird Lane. In 1959 UCP joined United Way.

Continued Growth


The 1960’s saw an era of growth in mission and capabilities when both children and adults programs came together in a facility located on Core Street. Shortly after this relocation, UCPA’s leadership realized that the number of people it was serving had outgrown the new location and funds were raised to build a new facility located at Anson and Parwelk that would accommodate administrative offices and all UCP programs. In 1975 additional space for programming was acquired and the adult program was moved to a nearby location to better care for the individuals UCP was serving. 

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ACT News

Pete Sessions addresses attendees

DALLAS, TX (August 20, 2014) — Congressman Pete Sessions, an advocate for individuals with disabilities, declared that “every child matters” Tuesday at a check presentation by Wells Fargo to Ability Connection Texas (ACT).

View our Facebook album of the presentation


Children enrolled in ACT’s Early Childhood Development and Education Pre-School participate twice weekly in the Park Cities YMCA’s swimming program which was launched three years ago through the financial support of Wells Fargo.


The adaptive aquatics program includes instruction on how to float independently and with a device, how to control breathing, kicking, basic paddling, front crawl, back stroke and jumping or diving into the pool.

Wells Fargo presents checks to ACT and the Park Cities YMCA

Andrea Petro, executive vice president and division leader of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, announced the continuing funding of the adaptive aquatics program. She presented both ACT and the Park Cities Family YMCA with $5,000 checks. 

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Ability Connection Texas Leadership

Ability Connection Texas (ACT) is lead by a dedicated team of people who are passionate about providing the very highest quality care and support to children and adults with disabilities. Our organization has been building on this passion for over 59 years while continuing our commitment to level the playing field for those with disabilities.  

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