Success Stories


We help people with disabilities succeed in the work they do and in the relationships they build.


Check out Sharla doing her thing at SHARC! Sharla is sanitizing the kickboards for the pool!

Sharla, SHARC

Ashley, Petco

Please join AAW in congratulating Ashley on 2 years of employment at Petco! And, fun fact, Ashley is now the longest-serving employee of Petco Clackamas!

Ashley, Petco

Hieb, UniFirst
Hiep is ready to celebrate founders day with his employer, Unifirst. He just can’t let go of those hangers!

Hiep, UniFirst


Greg volunteers with the American Red Cross! Greg helps put together these boxes for plasma. Thanks, Greg for all your hard work!

Greg, American Red Cross


Eric is so excited to return to his job at The Kaiser Warehouse!! 21 years is an amazing accomplishment!! We are so very proud of you!

Eric, Kaiser Warehouse


Anne has volunteered at Teen Challenge resale and donation center. Anne goes through donations, hangs clothes, matches shoes and more! “Anne is a hard worker, always has a smile on her face, and sets a great example for others.”

Anne, Teen Challenge Resale & Donation Center


Mark has worked at Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care Community for 14 YEARS. Even during a pandemic, he's a dependable employee. 

Mark, Powell Valley Assisted Living & Memory Care


Eddie has been working at Aloha Intel for almost 2 years and recently received his food handlers card and was promoted! Eddie is admired for his hard work and gets along great with his coworkers!

Eddie, Aloha Intel


Steve is a standout, dedicated worker in our programs. He volunteers at the American Red Cross and he does great work at Intel and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

Steve, American Red Cross / Kaiser / Intel


Anthony recently started a new job with Vibrant Table Catering & Events as an Event Hand. Check out his food-plating skills!

Anthony, Vibrant Table Catering & Events


Shout-out to Conall, who has been doing great work at TJ Maxx. We are so proud to be working with him!

Conall, TJ Maxx


Heather has been working at Intel for almost a year. Here she is pictured on the right, next to one of her favorite coworkers.

Heather, Intel


Jennifer is showing off her skills in the dining area setting up for the next meal at Courtyard Fountains.

Jennifer, Courtyard Fountains Retirement


Kevin - Abilities at Work Success Story

Meet Kevin, an all-star maintenance staff at Courtyard Fountains in Gresham, Oregon. Kevin is one of many adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities Abilities at Work helps maintain independent employment.

Our calling and commitment remains the same.

While much has changed since the organization was first founded, our overall calling has not. We remain deeply committed to identifying, creating and supporting positive wage-based work opportunities between local companies and individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities who have traditionally been excluded from employment in community settings. Since the organization was founded, we have served more than 200 individuals and partnered with more than 75 local businesses.