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The Ability Experience

How We Help

How We Help

Every program of The Ability Experience has the goal of giving back to the community through a number of different grants. Materials used in construction programs are purchased through grants. On stops for cycling events, grants are given to local organizations that serves people with disabilities in order to provide new equipment or upgrades to their facilities.

In addition to event grants, chapters of Pi Kappa Phi are able to get involved in grant-giving. Each chapter that has taken the initiative to have a volunteer relationship in their local community is also rewarded with a Circle of Giving grant. Circle of Giving grants are 25% of a chapter’s fundraising for a year and given in that chapter’s name to their local volunteer relationship.

Each year, The Ability Experience averages about 15% administrative costs, which means that 85% of all the money raised goes directly back into serving people with disabilities.

For a full list of grants and applications for grants, please click here.

Just as important as grants is the service experience that The Ability Experience offers through all of the organization’s programs. Over the last 30-plus years, those who have participated in some aspect of The Ability Experience have been so affected that it has shaped the rest of their lives. Although not always in the disability community, these lives lived with service at the forefront will ultimately lead to a better society.

Who We Help 

Simply put, The Ability Experience serves people with disabilities. There is no specific age or disability with which The Ability Experience is aligned. The Ability Experience was founded on the premise that people with disabilities are no different than people without disabilities, and it is the organization’s vision to raise the level of awareness people have about people with disabilities.

First and foremost is educating those around us about the abilities of people with disabilities and treating them with the respect that should be given to everyone. People first language is the easiest way we can all show understanding and respect and a way of putting the person before the disability. Instead of calling someone “disabled,” they should be referred to as a “person with a disability.” Likewise, rather than saying someone “is autistic,” say that someone “has autism,” making it clear that a disability is not all that a person is.

For more extensive reading on people first language, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People-first_language or http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/.