Our Mission

Ability1st, the Center for Independent Living of North Florida, is a community-based non profit organization that provides services to persons with varying disabilities. Ability1st serves Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Gadsden, and Wakulla counties. Ability1st is part of a nation-wide network, founded by Ed Roberts and other disability advocates in the 70’s. Robert’s spearheaded the Independent Living Movement based on independence, integration, and removal of architectural & attitudinal barriers for all.

The Independent Living Philosophy is one in which consumers (not “clients or patients”) participate in developing their goals and determine what actions are needed in order to reach their desired level of independence. Staff provides support and assistance while working with consumers in achieving these goals. The services Ability1st provides are free and consumers make the ultimate decision as to what is needed to make their lives more independent.