Ability Resources, Inc.

An Aging and Disability Resource Center

aka Ability Resources   |   Tulsa, OK   |  www.abilityresources.org

Mission

Ability Resources, grew out of the need to provide free assistance to individuals with disabilities so that they can attain and maintain their independence in the least restrictive setting. One way this can be achieved is in the creation of an environment in which people with disabilities can exercise their rights to control and direct their own lives. This is accomplished through advocacy, education, and service to individuals with disabilities as well as the community at large. At least 51% of the board and staff of Ability Resources has a disability.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Mrs. Carlotta Lawson

Main address

823 S. Detroit Suite 110

Tulsa, OK 74120 USA

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EIN

73-1000572

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Advocacy

As a result of the efforts of Ability Resources, hundreds of individuals with disabilities are able to reside in their own homes instead of entering prematurely into nursing homes. Individuals who wish to exit from nursing homes to return to community living are also assisted in achieving this goal. Ability Resources also provides assistance in obtaining other community services, improving community access through ADA accessibility surveys and skills training, systems advocacy and individual & community education. Ability Resources also provides literacy training, information & referral, employment assistance, independent living skills training, adaptive equipment loan & donation program, benefits planning assistance and case management.

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Our results

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Number of adults with disabilities receiving sufficient social and emotional support

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The number of people served through our programs: Case Management, Information & Assistance, Equipment Donations, Health Promotion & Prevention, Fall Prevention Training

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization aims to fulfill our mission: “Assisting people with disabilities in attaining and maintaining their personal independence through advocacy, education and service." Through our services, we accomplish this everyday. We also aim to assist the aging community to remain in their homes.

The strategies we deploy include proactive approach to wellness in order to maintain independence. We provide Tai Chi for Arthritis for Better Balance for the aging community. This is done to prevent falls which are the leading cause of serious injury and death in the elderly.

We also make every effort to help provide the needs to many who are not able to afford equipment necessary to make living independently possible - wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, railing, ramps, etc. We take donations of these items, then fulfill the need of a client by donating it to them.

Our staff remains involved with the community and seeks individuals that we may be able to assist. Additionally, we do not turn people away - if there is a need we will do all we are able to help and if we cannot accomplish it we will find another organization that is able.

Ability Resources' capabilities for meeting our goals are attributed mainly to dedicated and well-trained staff members. The organization is very thorough and remains knowledgeable on any changes involving or affecting the disabled community. A large majority of the staff and volunteers have been involved with the organization for over 10 years.

Over the years, Ability Resources has accomplished many great things. We have assisted a homeless woman and her caregiver to obtain housing, built a ramp for a young boy to be able to get in and out of his home more easily, provided countless amounts of medically necessary equipment to clients, helped clients remain in their home or transition out of nursing facilities back to their own homes, and much more.

What we have not yet accomplished is being able to eliminate discrimination against the disabled community. We strive to make a world where people are seen for who they are not their disability and live a normal life.

Financials

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Ability Resources, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
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Board chair

Mr. Warren Smith

Retired

Warren Smith

Ted Bakamjian

Beth Venus

David Ballard

Jarrett Metzler

Matt Newman

C. Hayden Ryan

Anita VandenDool

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