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Long Beach Post lbpost.com 13 Jan, 2022 19:15 am

AbilityFirst takes people-first approach to disability care • Long Beach Post News

AbilityFirst takes people-first approach to disability care • Long Beach Post News

“We may need to adapt things so that (people with disabilities) can be successful, but they have the same wants and the same needs that anybody does,” said Stover.While society has come “leaps and bounds” for people with disabilities, “we (aren’t necessarily) anywhere near where we need to be,” said Stover.Not only does AbilityFirst offer the first fully accessible camp in the state of California, but clients can participate in a wide array of programming, which has only increased since the organization has pivoted more toward community-based support and employment workshops in the past five years or so, said Stover.“Children grow up to be adults, and so we really wanted to make sure that they had programs that would allow them to continue to grow,” said Stover.

The adult day programs specifically appeal to the interests and desired skills of its participants, ensuring that they have the highest quality of life possible and are able to participate in deciding what kind of programming they receive, said Stover.“If we’re not giving our individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience all of those different things that the world may offer, they’re not going to be able to make a true, informed choice,” said Stover.

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