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AbilityFirst- Claremont Center

After-School / Community Activities
  • Location Address: 480 S. Indian Hill | Claremont, CA 91711
  • reviews Rating: 4.50 (45 reviews)
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About AbilityFirst- Claremont Center

Offers an after-school program and a recreation and leisure program for children and adults with physical disabilities and developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and epilepsy. The center features an activity room, computer lab, an indoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor play area and a specialized learning lab that is ideal for students with autism and other communicative disorders.


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  • person icon Lori Gangemi, President and Chief Executive Officer

Founding Story

As a college student on summer break, I needed to make money, yet I had very little skills. I lived in Tacoma, Washington and one of the major employers was Nalleys Pickles. So, I went to work on the factory floor packing cucumbers in jars and enduring the strongest vinegar smell imaginable. The pay was a few dollars per hour over what I could make other pla
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  • Education badge BA Communicaions - Washington State University


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480 S. Indian Hill, CA, 91711

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My daughter loves it here. She looks forward to coming. Im so grateful there is a place like this for our kids.

12 May 2024
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I have aqua therapy 2 times weekly. Supervised exercise in a semi heated pool.

Dianne Romero
12 May 2024
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Nice courteous staff willing to help recommend this school for especial need kids

Juan h
21 April 2024
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My son really enjoys being here especially for swimming. Julie and Bonita are truly amazing as well as the rest of the staff.

Rocio Barros
12 February 2024
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My child didnt really like this place...They said that this place is mid

Aether Cand
12 October 2023
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Just let me say thank you to Ability first the staff is great since my daughter and my son attend the program theres been phenomenal change in their attitude the way they carry themselves with their peers and other children. Thank you Miss Julie Miss Bonita and Miss lisa the whole staff .

Cindy H
12 May 2022
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This program is really helping my arthritis problems. The staff is very professional and the class members are friendly and fun to be with.

Chiquita Stonecipher
12 May 2020
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Great staff fun loving for our kids nd completely trust the management. They great planned days full of activities including inside pool.

Gerry Johnston
12 May 2019
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Ability First has been a great help to Elias A. They had a lot of great programs. From therapy to crafts arts. The staff you can never say THANK YOU enough. Finding folks with compassion love is a rare breed. When you do find it My Heart goes out to you all... You are the best of the best.. Hope you all are doing fantastic..

JCynOne “jcyn”
12 May 2017
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Well first off the At A Glance for this organization needs to be re-written. Its not welfare services or social welfare. They help people with disabilities and they do an amazing job. I love them to death.

Nicole Oritz
12 May 2013

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