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Abilities United.

Human Services

Abilities United.

A multifaceted agency with various programs serving infants, children and adults who are developmentally disabled.


A multidisciplinary agency with various programs serving infants, children and adults who are developmentally or physically disabled. The agency provides information and referral to other programs for the disabled and serves as an advocacy group to the disabled. Publishes a biannual newsletter and an annual report. Adult Day Activities offers training in daily living skills, work skills, socialization and behavior management for developmentally disabled adults. Referrals to the program are made through San Andreas and Golden Gate Regional Centers. Program hours are 10-4, Monday-Friday. Transportation is available through the Regional Center. After-school Socialization is for young people, age 5-22. Children and teens work on behavioral/social adjustment and gross motor skills in community-based settings. Aquatic services are provided at The Betty Wright Swim Center and include individualized swimming lessons to pupils with physical, mental, learning and emotional disabilities. The pool is also available to orthopedically handicapped, arthritic, post-surgery, post-injury and convalescing patients for therapeutic swimming with a doctor's prescription. Swimming lessons also offered for children without disabilities. Community Connections is a community-based opportunity for adults to participate in volunteer skill-building jobs, educational series, and TV program production. The Early Intervention Program for developmentally delayed infants serves children from birth to age three and their families. Staff evaluate each child and develop and implement a practical individual program plan which includes neuromuscular learning, sensory-motor skills, communication and socialization. Program components include individual and group sessions, occupational and speech therapy, parent counseling and family support groups. Bilingual staff available. Employment Services assists adults with developmental disabilities to attain the most independent vocational situations possible. Provides ongoing support necessary to make the employment relationship successful for the employee and employer. Independent Living Skills for adults with developmental disabilities provides training and support in life skills to transition to living in their own home or continue to live independently. Comprehensive assessment provided by trained and qualified staff. Milestones Preschool serves children age 2-5 with or without developmental disabilities or delays. Offers low teacher to student ratio and small classroom size. Staff are trained and educated in early childhood development. Respite Services provides in-home respite service for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Care can be provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, based upon the availability of companions and Regional Center funding. Therapy Clinic is available to any child between ages 0-8 who can benefit from speech, occupational or physical therapy. Formerly known as Community Association for Rehabilitation (CAR).


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS and VTA stop within 1 block. In special cases the agency or Regional Center can arrange transportation.
525 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306-4247 37.4195766 -122.1109885 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • American Sign Language
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair



Vary according to service. Sliding fees available on an individual basis. Cash, checks and vouchers accepted.


Developmentally disabled persons and their families. Betty Wright Swim Center also serves physically/medically disabled individuals


Vary according to service

How to Apply:

Walk in or apply by phone.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies depending on program.

Service Areas:

  • Alameda County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County