A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.

Franklin, TN   |  www.ableyouth.org

Mission

To reach and teach all children in wheelchairs the importance of complete independence, which in turn leads to self-esteem, motivation, and a desire to excel. The children of A.B.L.E. Youth are taught to Adapt, Believe, Love and Enjoy life as it pertains to them. As the children show signs of independence, they are introduced to all types of wheelchair sports and recreation which further enhance their belief they are truly "capABLE" of anything in life.

Ruling year info

2003

Principal Officer

Ms. Amy Saffell

Main address

2000 Mallory Lane, Suite 130-542

Franklin, TN 37067 USA

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EIN

57-1158431

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Independence Camp

“It gives me joy to see my daughter blossoming and growing into an independent woman. The program has been such a blessing to me, too. I have made many wonderful friends, it’s like an extended family! It is so nice to have other parents with similar issues to network with.” (V. P. – parent) Each year, during the month of October, students get the opportunity to spend three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at Independence Camp. The camp is open to 15 youth ages 12 through college. It offers an intense three days of activities designed to build independent living skills. Areas that are covered include dressing/undressing; transferring from the wheelchair to the floor, bed, shower, car, etc.; bowel and bladder routines including the importance of it and reasons to be sterile; cooking meals and cleaning up; driving; working together to accomplish difficult tasks, such as moving a large table; and maneuvering chairs through grass, gravel, and up and down grassy slopes.

Population(s) Served

“I get to play sports – basketball, tennis, swimming - with kids like me. The program has helped me to believe I am not the only kid like me.” (C. S. – youth) One Saturday each month, youth (ages 3-22) attend “Super Sports Saturday”. Divided into age groups, youth participate in a variety of activities that focus on mobility and hand/eye coordination. These include moving their wheelchairs through obstacle courses both forward and backwards, popping and holding a “wheelie” in their chair (an important skill for going up and down stairs or curbs), and bounce passing and chest passing a basketball back and forth. Youth learn how to pick up a ball by using the wheel of their chair and how to carry items in their lap while moving their chair. These activities help improve mobility and help students pay attention, listen, and follow directions. Super Sports Saturday is an opportunity for these children to develop a social network of peers that are also in wheelchairs.

Population(s) Served

Many of our activities are appropriate for children ages 3-7. The Tiny Tots Program gives young children in wheelchairs the opportunity to participate in Super Sports Saturdays, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis, and Cheerleading. Our youngest participants learn basics of life from the wheelchair such as wheelchair movement, dressing, and socialization with other children.

Population(s) Served

This program gives children and youth (ages 3-22) the opportunity to participate in recreational activities that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them. It is the only program of its type available to youth within a 2-3 hour radius of Nashville. It is a unique approach to teaching wheelchair using children independence through sports and fitness activities. Wheelchair basketball begins at the end of August and goes through March. The team meets once a week to practice and play games. Youth play in approximately five tournaments each year. Throughout the year, we participate in Achilles Kids. Our kids complete a Virtual Marathon both at A.B.L.E. Youth events and in their schools and communities. We also participate in local races with the Achilles International Nashville chapter. Kids have the opportunity to earl prizes as they complete their miles. During the summer months of June, July, and August, tennis lessons are offered. Also during the summer, youth get four opportunities to water ski. Other sports activities offered throughout the year include cheerleading, snow skiing, and deep sea fishing.

Population(s) Served

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee provides a scholarship fund for A.B.L.E. Youth to attend college. One scholarship is given each year thanks to the generosity of John E. Mayfield.

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A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sarah France

C3 Consulting

Term: 2017 - 2019

Bryan Bell

First Tennessee Brokerage

Jim Hester

HCA Implementation Services

Sarah France

C3 Consulting

Amy Saffell

ABLE Youth, Inc.

Stacey Bright

Built Technologies/VP of Marketing

Pamela Dugas

Community Volunteer

Kelly Mays

Public Relations

Ryan Camarata

C3 Consulting

Rick Slaughter

self-employed

Krystal Jensen

Jackson National Life Distributors LLC

Hillary MIller

HCA

Dana Canaday

Wilson County Board of Education

Trish Crist

CEO/NECAT Network