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Empowering Independence,
Enhancing Quality of Life.

Ability1st stands as North Florida's beacon for individuals with disabilities, offering tailored services to foster self-reliance and elevate every aspect of their daily lives.

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Who Is Ability1st?

Relationships & Collaboration

Ability1st stands as a community-based organization, dedicated to offering support services, advocacy, and vital information. Our mission: empower individuals with disabilities to live with autonomy and confidence.

We take pride in being an institution operated and governed by people with disabilities. Whether you seek our services or wish to contribute to our mission, we’re delighted to welcome you.

Our ambition aligns with the core goal of all Centers for Independent Living: to empower individuals with disabilities to dictate their life’s direction. Serving Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties, we’re a nonprofit, community-based beacon of support and services for those with diverse disabilities.

Programs Elevating Independence and Life Quality

At Ability1st, we passionately curate programs designed to champion the aspirations of individuals with disabilities. Our holistic approach ensures that every participant experiences enhanced autonomy, support, and a deepened sense of community involvement.

Love From Our Community

Alex B.

What a pleasure! I am so grateful this nonprofit organization exists. We were able to donate our medical equipment and we know that someone else will reap the benefits of the equipment. Savannah M. was wonderful and very helpful. Thank you!

Margaret Shields

These wonderful people built a beautiful ramp for my friend who recently became a amputee.

Thanks 👍

Patrick Halks

We had to move our Dad into a new ALF on short notice, and his bed wasn’t his. We needed a hospital style bed, or at least one with rails. Ability 1st provided us with a bed, free of charge, at basically a moments notice.

Latest News and Events

Ability1st Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE: Our next Board of Directors meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 22, 2024 at 6:00 pm.

Brandie McCabe

Brandie McCabe Joins Ability1st Team

Brandie McCabe, an FSU graduate with more than 18 years of social services experience, recently joined the Ability1st team as our Human Services Program Manager. 

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Get Involved

By supporting our non-profit organization, you can help us make a lasting impact in the lives of those in need. Your donation can provide essential resources, such as equipment, transportation and guidance, to those facing challenges in our community. Partnering with us allows you to be a part of something bigger, as we work together to create a brighter future for all.  Together, we can change lives by empowering individuals to reach their full potential.


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Our Mission

Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Our mission is to empower people with disabilities to live independently and enhance their quality of life.

Contact Us

1823 Buford Court
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Phone: (850) 575-9621
Fax: (850) 575-5740
E-mail: contact@ability1st.info

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