The reality for many individuals living with a disability is limited opportunities for work and purposeful activities to fill each day. Work may mean only a few hours per week, leaving several hours per day where individuals desire support and meaningful engagement. In 2017 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported only18.7 percent of persons with a disability were employed and 30% of those that are employed work part time or significantly less, often times only a few hours per week.
Co-founders Tammy Pebley and Paula Schiedler desired a local program that meets the needs of young adults living with developmental disabilities when their girls Hannah and Megan, who have Down Syndrome, graduated from high school in 2017 and began the journey into adulthood. They wanted opportunities for their girls and friends to be fully integrated into their own community with meaningful work and social engagement. Localized programs are integral to communities and the well being of individuals living with a disability to live full meaningful lives just like everyone else.
In January 2018 their vision became reality and the nonprofit WAG-Able was formed. WAG stands for Where Ability Grows and is a nonprofit 501C3 organization that focuses on training individuals with transferable job skills, life skill development, and social integration in order to address the needs of the whole person within the local community in which they live. Where Ability Grows provides opportunities for individuals to experience whole, meaningful lives within their own community by providing structure, support, and opportunity.
Where Ability Grows Programs:
Out And About is our community integrated social outing group that includes persons with and without disabilities.
WAG-Able Dog Treat company hand crafted, human grade, tail wagging dog treats! Individuals with developmental disabilities are involved in all aspects of the business such as planning, baking hand crafted all natural treats, packaging, marketing, and selling at farmers markets and to retail stores.
WhimsAbility Boutique (coming soon) will feature original art and pottery hand crafted.