Abilis

Advancing abilities for people with special needs since 1951

aka Abilis   |   Greenwich, CT   |  http://www.abilis.us

Mission

Abilis provides people with developmental disabilities and their families in Lower Fairfield County with supports and advocacy for building able lives and strong communities. Abilis provides early intervention and customized therapies, as well as family education and advocacy to help individuals achieve important developmental milestones through our Therapeutic Services programs. As individuals approach and enter adulthood, we provide a wide range of Life Services programs, including recreational activities, transition, and life skills support, job training, competitive and supported employment and a choice of residential options.

Ruling year info

1954

President/CEO

Ms. Amy Montimurro

Main address

50 Glenville St

Greenwich, CT 06831 USA

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Formerly known as

Greenwich ARC

EIN

06-6009327

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities have the same rights as all people. They are entitled to good health care and safety, meaningful choices, achievement, friendship, fulfilling work and a comfortable place to live. Abilis believes that all people deserve to live, learn, work and enjoy life based upon their personal preferences. Each person's own strengths and dreams for the future deserve acknowledgment and respect. All people deserve access to resources, opportunities and skills that enhance their ability to self-advocate effectively.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Therapeutic Services

Abilis provides vital services and supports for individuals of all ages with special needs - we are a lifespan provider.
Abilis' programs are categorized into two groups: THERAPEUTIC SERVICES and LIFE SERVICES.

As part of Therapeutic Services, Abilis provides EARLY INTERVENTION and CUSTOM THERAPIES for individuals of all ages with a variety of cognitive, social, communication, behavioral, and physical needs. Our Therapeutic Services are delivered by an experienced team of professionals consisting of speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist, behaviorists, nutritionists, and special education teachers. Our therapies, housed in our Therapy Center, are administered using best practices and are available at our Center or other environments such as the family's home, places in the community where the therapy can be generalized. Abilis is one of only six organizations licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide autism-specific interventions to the birth to three age group.
Our Early Intervention/Birth to Three programs enables children with a developmental disability or delay to receive the support they need to reach developmental milestones and succeed in a pre-school environment. This state-funded program helps families meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers. We also offer an intensive program designed to meet the specific needs of children with an autism spectrum diagnosis. Our teachers and therapists coach and provide support to families in natural learning environments, such as the home or at daycare. For Custom Therapy, Abilis therapists tailor plans to the specific needs of the individuals we serve across their lifespan to address cognitive, communication, social, sensory, and physical challenges. Our services include but are not limited to academic supports, tutoring, diagnostic evaluations, applied behavior analysis, autism-specific interventions, and speech/language, oral motor/feeding, occupational, and physical therapy.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

LIFE SERVICES is the second area for program delivery. Abilis Life Services provides a range of supports targeting
individuals in their teen years and older, which include transition, employment, residential, and recreational services. The goal of these programs is to enhance each individual’s quality of life through social activities, meaningful employment, and high-quality residential services. Our Life Services programs include health and
wellness care delivered by certified professionals.
As part of our ACTIVITIES programs, Abilis offers a wide range of daily community-based activities that provide social and recreational opportunities for individuals of all ages. These programs range from weekly art, music, and cooking classes to monthly birthday parties and teen gatherings to special onetime events such as New York City theater outings and visits to local museums.
Abilis TRANSITION SERVICES programs, LEAP and Project SEARCH are specifically designed to help young adults with disabilities transition seamlessly from high school into adulthood, along with securing employment.
We provide a meaningful DAY HABILITATION and COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES program, full of activities and skill development for individuals requiring additional care and supports. Indoor and outdoor physical fitness programs are offered throughout the day, ensuring proper health and physical wellness. Aging can be difficult and can sometimes limit social opportunities and prevent people from feeling like they are part of the
community. The Abilis RETIREMENT Program offers a safe and compassionate program, which includes community-based activities and experiences for individuals throughout the year. In the area of EMPLOYMENT, Abilis provides job training and placement for competitive employment in the community, while also operating numerous businesses – Gardens & Gifts Shop,
Café, Greenhouse, Landscaping, and Shredding among them – designed to help individuals cultivate their skills and participate in meaningful employment with Abilis prior to becoming competitively employed.
Through our Competitive Employment program, Abilis creates customized career plans for individuals who are interested in and capable of being competitively employed in the community. Abilis provides job training, placement, and ongoing coaching to help participants maintain and advance in fields ranging from retail to childcare to foodservice and beyond at a wide range of local businesses. Recently, Abilis became a provider for the Ticket to Work program, funded by the Social Security Administration. Through RESIDENTIAL Services, Abilis offers a wide range of housing options licensed by the Department of Developmental Services, Department of Public Health, and other creative private housing
models – which enables us to tailor supports to the needs of each adult we serve. Service levels vary from 24-hour staff supervision to flexible care on an hourly basis to enable clients to achieve their goals and objectives with a maximum degree of independence. Abilis manages over 40 residential facilities in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

The Abilis Individual Life Plan (ILP) is a new signature service that leverages the expertise of staff in our Therapeutic and Life Services programs. An integral part of the 2015 Abilis Strategic Plan, the Individual Life Plan is designed to provide families with a road map for the future. It includes a 360-degree evaluation of the child and involves a 12-20-hour time commitment on the
part of the client and the family. The Individual Life Plan process culminates in a REACH plan that outlines how near and longterm Residential, Education, Employment, Activity, Community, and Health goals set by the family can be achieved over time in the context of legal and financial considerations.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with intellectual disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Life Services

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Abilis will set the standard of excellence for person-centered services through innovation, teamwork and respect for the people we serve. Together, we will shape communities in which people of all abilities participate and contribute as equal citizens.

Abilis provides early intervention and customized therapies, as well as family education and advocacy to help individuals achieve important developmental milestones through our Therapeutic Services programs. As individuals approach and enter adulthood, we provide a wide range of Life Services programs, including recreational activities, transition and life skills support, job training, competitive and supported employment, and a choice of residential options.

Abilis Therapeutic Services provides early intervention and custom therapies for individuals with a wide range of cognitive, communication, social, sensory, and physical needs. Our therapeutic services include, but are not limited to: academic supports, tutoring, diagnostic evaluations, applied behavior analysis, speech/language, oral motor/feeding, occupational, physical, and integrated music and art therapy. Abilis is one of only 11 organizations licensed by the State of Connecticut to provide autism-specific interventions to the birth to three age group. Unlike most center-based providers, we deliver therapeutic services at our Therapy Center, at clients' homes, and in the community, so that learning can be generalized across environments.

As individuals approach and enter adulthood, Abilis provides a wide range of Life Services programs, including recreational activities, transition, and life skills support, job training, competitive and supported employment and a choice of residential options.
Abilis Life Services programs are provided throughout Fairfield County, while our Therapeutic Services programs are centered in our Stamford office. Our LEAP transition services for young adults are centrally located in Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, and Ridgefield. Abilis manages over 48 residential homes in Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk, and works with numerous schools, civic organizations, and other community partners to deliver programs to individuals and families when and where they need them most.

800 Individuals & Families Served Annually
430 Staff Members
Over 450 Birth to Three families provided Early Intervention services and supports, annually.
10,000 Home & Virtual visits for families with infants and toddlers with disabilities
Expanded our 7 Transition LEAP Programs for Young Adults Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Ridgefield, CT - 82 young adults
2 Years Project SEARCH partnership with Greenwich Hospital
Offer 35 monthly and social recreational programs for over 150 teens and adults.
48 Residences for 137 adults - located in Greenwich, Stamford & Norwalk, CT
80+ Local Businesses Providing Competitive Employment for 83 adult program participants with special needs
1,322 Donors
11 School Boards and Educational Associations
Over 200+ volunteers provide friendship and support through our activities, residential programs, and special events
Launched new Abilis Business with Partnership with Greenwich Library - The Cafe at Greenwich Library adding to our other Abilis businesses Abilis Gardens & Gifts, Abilis Cafe and Landscaping and Adminstration .

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Abilis

Board of directors
as of 9/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mitchell Cohen

No Affiliation

Term: 2024 - 2021

Jerry Cincotta

Peter Medwid

Michael Beloff

Amy Montimurro

Vincent Annunziata

Martin Clarke

Debbie Hilibrand

Anne Kampmann

Howard Levy

Margot Michalski

Linda Battinelli-Colucci

Catherine Polisi Jones

Cesar Rabellino

Ellie Ritch

Kathy Malitz Altamore

Theo Brown

Mitchell Cohen

Aimee Comis

Dick Franck

Richard Goldsmith

David Gortz

Alonso Martinez

James Shapiro

Jenny Patchen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability