May 17, 2024

AbilityPath Receives $100,000 Grant from Palo Alto Community Fund to Provide Innovative Programs and Services for Children and Adults with Disabilities

PALO ALTO, CA – AbilityPath is awarded a $100,000 grant from the Palo Alto Community Fund (PACF) to support innovative inclusive programs and services for children, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities and their families. The grant is part of PACF’s Dave Mitchell 2024 Impact Grant funding to provide general operating support that amplifies the ability of local nonprofits to improve and transform the lives of those living in Palo Alto and surrounding areas.

For more than a century, AbilityPath has been a leading provider of educational, therapeutic, vocational, and family support services for thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

“Access to quality, enriching programs and services that help an individual with disabilities thrive at all stages of life is an important focus of the AbilityPath team. This incredibly generous grant will allow us to expand and offer new programs that meet the growing needs of this underserved population in our community,” said Bryan Neider, CEO of AbilityPath.

AbilityPath was one of only three nonprofits selected to receive the $100,000 Dave Mitchell Impact Grant. The other two Impact Grant receipts are Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and My Digital TAT2. In total, PACF awarded 71 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling an investment of $1.725 million in 2024, which was made possible by community donors.

“PACF looks for organizations that deliver transformative solutions addressing critical issues in our community in a way that works toward both immediate impact and longer-term systems change. AbilityPath’s bold investment in their model Palo Alto campus serving people with disabilities in our local and broader community does both,” said Lisa Van Dusen, Executive Director, Palo Alto Community Fund. “PACF’s Dave Mitchell Impact Grant of general operating support funds was inspired by AbilityPath’s creativity, commitment, and collaboration in creating a campus that integrates classrooms, community event spaces, a commercial kitchen, and a trailblazing art studio and gallery space at Mitchell Park Place in Palo Alto. AbilityPath’s belief in the power of community, the efficacy of the arts and their commitment to putting their clients at the center of their work, all inspired PACF’s choice.”

As part of the Mitchell Park Place affordable housing development project at 525 East Charleston Road in Palo Alto, AbilityPath will construct program space on the ground floor, which will include a computer lab, art studio, and flexible multipurpose space to offer programs and services for residents and members of the broader community. Around the corner, at its Middlefield Road location, AbilityPath currently operates an inclusive preschool Learning Links, an Adult Day Program, and a community events space. In addition, their REACH Program therapeutic services for individuals who have had a stroke and traumatic brain injury are provided at Cubberley Community Center.

“We are grateful to everyone at PACF and the community donors who believe in our vision for equality and opportunity for people of ALL abilities,” Neider said. ”This is a living example of how community collaboration and innovation can tackle critical issues in our community.”

To learn more about AbilityPath’s lifespan of opportunities for children, adults, and seniors with disabilities, visit


About AbilityPath

AbilityPath has been a cornerstone of our community for over 100 years, providing a lifespan of support services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the greater Bay Area. Our mission is celebrating neurodiversity and empowering individuals with developmental disabilities through innovative, inclusive programs and community partnerships. With educational, therapeutic, vocational, and family support services, we are distinctive in providing support to an individual throughout their lifetime. To learn more, visit

About Palo Alto Community Fund

The Palo Alto Community Fund focuses on the unique needs of our community and channels charitable giving of local donors to effective organizations that improve the quality of life for everyone in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. To learn more, visit

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