Our Story

who we are

AdaptAbilities creates possibilities for individuals with special needs and their families by delivering essential programs.

We create a place where friendships are made, where individuals and their families grow, succeed and belong.

A Positive Impact on the Whole Family

We are a non-profit that makes a positive impact on the whole family. Children and adults with special needs thrive in our programs and their families get an essential break from caregiving to live, work and support their own well-being.

 

Who We Help

We champion inclusion for kids and adults living with visible and invisible disabilities. While we w

ork with almost any type of defined or undefined disability, our programs are designed for:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Other special needs

To date We have served 2,276 individuals with special needs, and their families. Our goal is to serve 10,000 individuals by 2030!

Our History

Our founder, Michelle Hordal, was an Adaptive Physical Education teacher who heard stories from parents and children about gaps in the disability and family support system. In response, she started AdaptAbilities in 2004.

  • Our first program was our Hearts in Action summer camps, which are still our most popular program
  • We have since expanded our services to include year-round after-school care, weekend respite, social nights, community connect and in-home respite
  • In 2019 we launched our Online Programs in response to Covid-19
  • While we currently serve the Edmonton region in multiple locations, we look forward to expanding across Alberta

CORE VALUES

WHAT WE DO

At AdaptAbilities, we offer programs and services that focus on building trust, creating hope, and establishing meaningful relationships. Our inclusive environment is essential to our participants’ and their families’ well-being, meeting them wherever they may be on their inclusion journey.

year-round programs

Our respite programs integrate Essential Life Skills, Expressive Arts and Recreation, and Motor Development into each day.

in-home services

Our Relief Care and Community Specialists are trained to provide in-home respite services for families to suit their unique needs.

summer camps

Our Hearts in Action summer camps are thoughtfully planned to provide a fun and meaningful experience for children, youth, and young adults with special needs.

Online Programs

Our online programs offer meaningful and fun activities that connect participants with their peers.

Introductory Video

We recently created this video for the Virtual Autism Expo 2020, hosted by CBG Autism Support Association. While we serve individuals with all types of special needs (not just autism), this is a great introduction to our services and our organization.

WHY RESPITE CARE

Respite care is the root of all programs and services at AdaptAbilities. We are actively filling gaps in the system, providing purposeful support for our participants, while building capacity for their families.

benefits of respite

Participants socialize with new people, developing long-lasting friendships, while learning essential life skills and increasing their independence.

Families get a well-earned break from caregiving to handle everyday tasks, work outside the house and enjoy more time with loved ones.

Respite alleviates stress, improves quality of life and preserves relationships.