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First of all, we would like to thank you for visiting our website.  We consider it a privilege to come alongside parents and caregivers who need support caring for a child with special needs.

Now we would like to share with you who we are and why we created  this site...
Abilitybridge.com is a labor love that began in 2013 from the heart of a social worker. Michelle is the co-founder and visionary behind abilitybridge.com. She has over 25 years of experience working with children & families in social services, including Child Protective Services, non-profit foster care and adoption agencies, vocational rehabilitation for adults with disabilities, and home health. These experiences all involved working with caregivers of children, teens and adults with a vast range of mental health diagnoses, physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, Autism, chronic medical conditions and their accompanying challenges and triumphs. Having been raised in a military family, she has a passion for helping families in the U.S. Armed Forces. Michelle also grew up with a sibling who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at a very early age, and can personally relate to the needs of parents, siblings, and children with medical challenges. 

As a therapist and social worker, Michelle is often asked for referrals from families seeking services for their children.  Years of trying to keep provider lists updated with current contact information and collecting a pile of brochures and business cards from networking events and resource fairs led Michelle and her husband to create abilitybridge.com.

It is our hope that parents and caregivers of children with special needs, as well as social workers and other professionals seeking providers, products and information for their clients, find abilitybridge.com as a valuable resource.  

We are also excited to announce the development of our online community.This is a place for parents and caregivers of children with special needs to receive support and encouragement.  So, whether your children have come to you by birth, through adoption, foster care, or kinship care, this community is for you.  It's a place for you to share your successes...your concerns...your questions...your struggles, and give and receive advice from others. 

Please click on the "Contact Us" at the top of the page if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions for us.

Warmly,

---abilitybridge.com team

This website is dedicated to Michelle's sister, Marissa V. (1971-2017), who lived out her journey with juvenile diabetes with courage, a sense of humor, and an unwavering faith in God. You are loved and missed beyond words. Forever in our hearts until we meet again...and to Michelle's parents, who showed fierce, unconditional love advocating and caring for her... Phil 4:13

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