Every family and caregiver with a member who has special needs has access to Special Abilities of North Texas as the regionally recognized state-of-the-art day habilitation, day activity and health services organization. Many of this population of society are often the most neglected or under-served in the community, and are on 10 year waiting lists for government support. The state of Texas ranks 49th in providing services for persons with special needs.
Every person with special needs/developmental disabilities has the ability to succeed in life, family and the community. With proper training and support, these individuals can achieve without limitation. All persons with special needs deserve the opportunity to become better accepted and included in the community. We believe that persons with disabilities should enjoy the same rights and opportunities pursuing happiness in life; and that we must be relentless in our advocacy for this often silent population as one of the most underserved populations in society.
In 1993, a group of concerned parents worked together to form a small organization in Denton County to provide support and care to adults with special needs. One of the primary outcomes was to provide much needed respite care for families of individuals with special needs so that they could continue on with their daily lives while maintaining the family unit. The organization began as “Adult Day Care of North Texas”, located in Denton, and later became “Day Stay for Adults.” The organization began and continues that status today, as a registered 501 (c) 3 charitable nonprofit. In 2010 the organization continued its growth and opened a second campus in Lewisville. In 2011 we established a new and expanded mission, and introduced a new logo. In 2012 the organization officially changed its name to “Special Abilities of North Texas” to better reflect the population we serve and our mission. 2018 will mark our 25th Anniversary serving persons with special needs, their family/caregivers, and the communities of Denton County and North Texas!
After growing so rapidly due to such a high demand and great need in the community, we were near capacity at our Lewisville campus, daily receiving students and clients from Denton, Dallas and Tarrant Counties. We have more than doubled our numbers of clients served annually this past year. In March we proudly opened our second campus, in Flower Mound, Texas. We will continue to seek additional locations to reach this vastly underserved population of persons with developmental disabilities.
SUPPORT: We have received support/grants in the past year from the following agencies and foundations:
- United Way of Denton County
- Denton Benefit League
- Rotary Club Lewisville Noon
- City of Highland Village
- Communities Foundation
- Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Council
- Town of Flower Mound
- CoServ Foundation
- Rotary Club of Flower Mound
- City of Lewisville
- Medical Center of Lewisville
- Tech Foundation
- Highland Village Womens Club
- Sam Pack Five Star Ford
We have built COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS with: University of North Texas, Texas Womans University, Special Olympics, The ARC, Best Buddies, Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Keep Grapevine Beautiful, Lewisville ISD, Denton Chamber of Commerce, Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, Coppell Chamber of Commerce, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce, Highland Village Business Association, Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, The ARC of Northeast Tarrant County, Texas Department of Aging and Disability, Denton Co. MH/MR