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| Ability First
1300 Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91106
The needs of children with physical disabilities in California were first recognized by the Rotary Clubs at their International Convention at Los Angeles in 1926. Resolutions were adopted to form and support a California Crippled Children's Society and legislation, known as the Crippled Children's Act was introduced into the State Legislature to protect the interest of children with disabilities. In 1931, a small office at 4th and Hill Street in Los Angeles was the first home of Crippled Children's Society of Los Angeles (CCS). Lawrence L. Frank and Paul Dietrich, both Rotarians, were two of the original founders of the organization and they continued their loyal support throughout their lives. The name of Lawrence L. Frank still stands on the Pasadena Center and on the first adult vocational training center of the Society located in downtown Los Angeles.
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An independent agency, AbilityFirst relies on its direct mail campaigns, program fees, support from United Way, fund raising efforts of its many support groups, and the generosity of many individuals. Costs of buildings and renovation of existing facilities are provided by wills and bequests. Persons with physical/developmental disabilities receive services offered by AbilityFirst regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex or handicapping condition.
AbilityFirst carries the endorsement of the Social Service Department of the City of Los Angeles. All centers are licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Vocational Services programs are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF) and the Resident Camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).
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