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 26, 2014 — Today is an Independence Day celebration for more than 50 million American children and adults with disabilities. 24 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, eliminating discrimination in employment, transportation and public accommodations.
In addition to the very important “breaking down” of physical barriers such as curb cuts, ramped access to buildings, automatic opening doors and accessible public transportation, there is another legacy of the ADA. People with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities to pursue their dreams. Americans are increasingly looking beyond a disability – physical and cognitive – to see people like themselves, who each day seek the same opportunity for rewarding jobs and fulfilling lives.
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.