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About Us - The Little Red SchoolhouseAt Abilities First, our programs and services are comprehensive in scope, meeting the needs of people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Rehabilitation, education, employment, vocational and residential support and services are provided by our professional and caring staff who make it their goal to allow each individual to meet their full potential.

Our values-based approach incorporates, at its core, communication, dignity, excellence, independence, integrity, leadership and safety. These values are woven into the fabric of everyday life at Abilities First, and are, without question, the key to our overall success.

Abilities First Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Abilities First offers full-day Pre-Kindergarten and is free of charge. Read more...

"Our professional staff is made up of conscientious and supportive experts in the field who make it their goal each day to cultivate the abilities of those we serve."  

Abilities First Preschool

Centrally located in Wappingers Falls and Poughkeepsie NY, our Preschool provides a range of educational services year round to children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities. Read more...

Abilities First School

Our School provides a unique, warm, accepting educational experience for students ages 5-21 with moderate to severe disabilities at sites in Beacon, Poughkeepsie and satellite classrooms in the Red Hook School District. Read more...

About Us - Rehab Programs

Social Work and Service Coordination

By working together with our broader community, our Social Work and Service Coordination staff assist program participants in obtaining an education, engaging in available and appropriate therapies, find meaningful work and live to their fullest potential. We also provide counsel and support for families and caregivers. Read more...

Community Habilitation

Com Hab offers one...on...one service to children and adults with disabilities who live at home with their families or independently in the community. A variety of respite programs for caregivers are also available. 

Residential Services

Our residential opportunities range from supportive apartment sites for individuals who are more self-sufficient, to supervised living settings with around the clock staffing for individuals who require a higher or specialized level of care. Read more...

Day Habilitation

Operating out of nine community neighborhood centers, our Day Habilitation program provides customized services that focus on developing social behaviors, communication skills, personal and health care competency and other daily living skills. Read more...

Employment Services

Abilities First can offer a vocational plan and a variety of work-related settings that will provide fulfillment to people with a broad range of disabilities. Through our School to Work program, our onsite supervised workshop, supported employment in the community, work enclaves, volunteer services and individual job placements, we have developed a range of support that encompasses opportunities at every level. Each has the power to build on the special abilities of our program participants and provide them with the chance to earn money or participate in a work environment that results in much greater self-confidence and overall life success. Read more...