How the Abilities Network Works


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Every parent wants happy, healthy children, but if you have a child with a disability, you need more than just a horde of doctors offering you medical advice. Living with a disability is a day-to-day struggle not just for the child, but also for the parents, siblings, family members and friends. Thanks to organizations like the Abilities Network, parents and families of disabled children can get the help and support they need.

In 1964, the Epilepsy Association of Maryland was founded by doctors and parents of children with epilepsy who recognized the importance of providing more than just medical care to people with epilepsy. As time went on, the organization began to offer services for children with various types of disabilities, and in 2000, the Abilities Network was born [source: Abilities Network]. Today, the Abilities Network is a nonprofit organization that provides customized services for disabled children and adults throughout the state of Maryland. Through its services, the Abilities Network strives to help disabled people reach their goals and maximize their potential while fostering greater community awareness and inclusion through various advocacy, education and training programs [source: Abilities Network].

The Abilities Network has experience helping children with a wide spectrum of disabilities, including:

  • Autism
  • Blindness
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental disorders
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Spina bifida
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurological disorders

[source: Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration].

Keep reading to learn more about how the Abilities Network can help you and your family.