AbilityFirst camper practicing archery


Formed in 1926 by members of the Los Angeles Rotary Club to help children with polio, AbilityFirst pioneered some of the first community services in California for children with disabilities. Programs expanded to include services for adults and persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. In 1947 they opened Camp Paivika located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest. This fully accredited American Camp Association camp offers overnight summer programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities.

AbilityFirst continues to innovate with meaningful interest-based programming that promotes choice, autonomy, and community participation for children, adults, and seniors.

AbilityFirst camper on a horseback ride.

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