About Ability Connection Texas (ACT)
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2014 — Earlier this month, Ability Connection presented Clara with a Go Talk device which uses pre-recorded speech controlled from a simple 9–button panel to communicate simple messages. Clara exhibits advanced non-verbal communication skills, using sign language to communicate with her mom. Before the presentation, Clara asked her mom about her sister Sophia who was at school. She wanted to know whether Sophia rode her bike or went to school in a car. At 3½ years old, her ability to sign to communicate and her level of inquisitiveness is very impressive!
The Go Talk device will give Clara a voice to communicate with her friends and family, enabling her to have greater independence as she expresses herself to those around her. Ability Connection’s Tech 4 Tots program provides assistive devices to children like Clara to enable them to reach their full potential in life. For more information about Tech 4 Tots, please visit www.tech-initiative.org.
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.