AbilityFirst is a leading nonprofit organization providing programs and services to children and
adults with physical and developmental disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome. Established in 1926 as the Crippled Children’s Society of Southern California, their mission is to help individuals with disabilities realize their full potential throughout their lives.

In 1999, the organization adopted the name AbilityFirst to better reflect their mission, their vision, and their commitment to celebrating the unique abilities of every individual.

With 24 facilities throughout Southern California, including community and work centers,
AbilityFirst offers a broad range of programs for children with disabilities, as well as
employment, recreational and socialization programs for adults, and an accessible camp for
children and adults.

How you can help

  • Donate to their programs and services by visiting www.abilityfirst.org/donate
  • Volunteer at one of their 24 AbilityFirst Locations
  • Attend one of their key fundraising events, such as the 5K Derby Day, or the Gourmet Festival of Fall


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AbilityFirst has received support from the following celebrities listed on this site: