Youth Services: Respite and Holiday Programs

Ability Connection is committed to helping families who care for teens with disabilities (ages 10-17 years old) residing in Dallas County.

Respite Program

Ability Connection’s Respite (Parents’ Night/Day Out) Program allows parents and guardians to do something enjoyable on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons while their teens enjoy snacks, games, and enrichment. This time is often used for care givers to do other important tasks. Our goal is to connect parents and guardians to their own self-care while we take care of their children. Tending to emotional and physical well-being helps prevent burnout and exhaustion.

Schedule (as of March 1, 2022):
Every 1st Friday night, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Every 2nd Saturday afternoon, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
 * no sessions on Feb. 4th, Feb. 12th, 5th weeks, or holidays 

8802 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, 75235 (Ability Connection Main Campus)

Fees (sliding scale):
Self-Pay – $25 per session
Half-Pay – $15 per session *
Minimum Pay – $5 per session *
 * Fee assistance is available for those in need. Payment methods include: PayPal, cash, check, or money order.

(ENGLISH VERSION) Click here to register.

(SPANISH VERSION) Click here to register.

If you are already registered, click here to select upcoming respite/care-giver relief dates you want your child to attend.

    Holiday Program

    Ability Connection recognizes the challenges working families with a child with a disability have finding appropriate care on school holidays. Ability Connection hosts a Holiday Program on our Harry Hines main campus. Teens, ages 10-17, can enjoy a day of fun and activities while their families are at work. This program will take place on holidays observed by Dallas County school district calendars. Snacks will be provided, and lunch will be provided if registered two weeks in advance of the desired holiday break.

    Days vary by holiday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    8802 Harry Hines Blvd.

    Thanksgiving – 3 days, Monday – Wednesday
    Christmas – 8 days, Monday – Thursday, both weeks
    Spring Break – 5 days, Monday – Friday

    Fees per day (sliding scale):
    Self-Pay – $95
    Half-Pay – $50
    Minimum Pay – $10 
    * Fee assistance is available for those in need. Payment methods include: PayPal, cash, check, or money order.

    Click here to register!