Youth Programs & Services

For more information:
James Udell, VP of Youth Services
Phone (510) 485-4646

“Camp Connections provided a lot of fun over the summer with a great structured experience which has really helped my son. He worked with instructors that really enjoyed him and made wonderful new friends.”
– Mrs. J. Underwood

“Mr. James, it’s been so difficult. Thank you so much for taking care of Eduardo.”
– Mrs. C. Franco

“My daughter loved every minute! The counselors worked with her on her social behavior issues. Calmer days, less meltdowns, less whining. We can’t wait for the camp next year!”
– Mrs. I. Barachina

“Man, what you guys are doing is amazing! You just don’t know how helpful this is.”
– Mr. C. Jones

“What you guys are doing is working. Alex went from saying ‘Okay’ and leave when we asked him how his day went. Now, we have conversations, and he is telling us 3 or 4 sentences!”
– Mr. F. Robledo

“Thank you, Mr. James. This is great!”
– Mr. V. Akula

Our Programs & Services

Ability Connection has been helping Adults with disabilities since 1953 with programs and services to support families of anyone 18+ with physical or intellectual disabilities. But mid-2021, noticing a need in Dallas County among children in North, West and East Dallas, Ability Connection extended their quality, affordable, and accessible care to 10–17-year-olds with disabilities in the Dallas ISD and Coppell ISD. Today, these programs and services offer the following benefits to more than 150 children with disabilities, along with their parents/guardians:

  • Prevents regression of social skills for tweens and teens during the summer months.
  • Provides a safe and fun environment for tweens and teens with disabilities during holiday breaks.
  • Provides a break for parents and guardians on weekends.
  • Provides in-home assistance when parents/guardians need it.

Contact Us and experience firsthand how Ability Connection’s quality, affordable, and accessible care will transform the life of your 10–17-year-old while giving parents/guardians much needed time to relax, refresh, or catch up on tasks that seem to keep falling off your to-do list.

Summer Camps 

For children ages 10-17 with intellectual or other developmental disabilities who live in Dallas County. Financial assistance and discounts may be available to those who qualify, made possible by a generous grant from The Crystal Charity Ball.

Parents Day Off/Night Out Programs & Holiday Programs

Whether parents/guardians of 10–17-year-olds with disabilities need time to do something fun on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons or  during Holidays, on-site and in-home programs like these allow the time to recharge.

EPIC After-School Programs

Provides academic support and enrichment to students aged 10-17 receiving special education services in DISD and other surrounding school districts.

Skills Camp

Communication, Organization, Responsibility, Empathy Dimensions Skills Camps provide academics and skill support to students aged 10-17 in Dallas County receiving special education services.