LaunchAbility: The new name for Special Care & Career Services
by Sharon Adams
Mon, Jun 14, 2010, 04:10 PM
Special Care & Career Services changed its name to LaunchAbility, but the mission is the same:
To help children and adults with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potential and lead fulfilling lives within our community.
Why the name change?
- more than a name, it embodies our mission to focus on programs that expand and develop the abilities of our clients, helping them to reach their maximum potential.
We are focused on continuing our tradition of innovative and pioneering programs that provide more opportunities for adults and children to be truly independent. Achieving this goal allows us to inspire hope and confidence in our clients and their families.
We are launching innovative programs that will serve the community in unprecedented ways. Record-breaking growth of our programs gives us the opportunity to branch out and service more clients.
Continuing our nearly 50-year history of breaking down barriers, we have launched several new programs including Child Care Champions™ and post secondary job skills training for our adult clients.
LaunchAbility is leading collaborative efforts with organizations serving individuals with disabilities, their families to better share resources. We tip our hats to creative and passionate state leaders who are working with us to build a stronger community.
LaunchAbility, our name is new, but we have served the community for nearly 50 years enabling clients to become more self-sufficient. We invite you to join us as we launch into a new era of inspiring hope, confidence and independence for adults and children with disabilities.
Message from our CEO
Thank you for your interest in LaunchAbility, formerly Special Care & Career Services. Our new name is designed to reinforce our agency focus on the unique abilities of our clients and our commitment to helping each of them reach their maximum potential to lead independent, fulfilling and TRULY self-sufficient lives.
I’d like to update you on what our Board and Staff are planning for the future…
We’ve proven that we can make an impact as an independent nonprofit. We cherish the fact that we have the flexibility to be innovative and strive always to look for new ways to improve the options for successful lives for our uniquely able clients. We also look for opportunities to collaborate with sister agencies, the government and business because it’s the best way to maximize resources and build a stronger community. Examples of our innovation and collaborative spirit are:
Our new Child Care Champions(TM) program that we developed in partnership with Texas Association of Infant Mental Health, Brookhaven College, and ChildCareGroup, and
Our Work Readiness Training for adults with disabilities that was designed at the request of the Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and Walgreens.
Both of these new programs are self–funding meaning we don’t need to raise community dollars to run them. This underscores our belief that in order to continue to expand and offer best of breed programs we must strive to reduce our dependence on fundraising. Watch for our newest venture for 2010, The Academy, providing job skills training to adults with cognitive disabilities hosted at a large hospital.
As our Board Member Steve Stodghill says, “LaunchAbility is a taxpayer’s dream. For every $1 invested in the agency, up to $16 is returned to the community in reduced need for social services and increased ability of their clients to be productive, taxpaying members of society.”