Our Story

who we are

AdaptAbilities is an Edmonton-based, not-for-profit organization that helps individuals with special needs develop essential life skills they need to grow, succeed and belong.
We are creating success for life.

Our human rights approach not only focuses on our participants but also on their families who have altered their work-life balance to become caregivers.

Caregiving requires strength, compassion and patience. We recognize that families often put their own well-being aside while caring for their children, which can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting.

The specialized services at AdaptAbilities give parents the opportunity to pause, take a break, and focus on their own well-being while fostering relationships with their loved ones.

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



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.


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.