History, Vision, and Goals

Our History

Headquartered in Oakland, California, Ability Central is the philanthropic division of the California Communication Access Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003. Ability Central is committed to improving communications and information access for individuals who are D/deaf or disabled and their families and caregivers.

Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

To serve as an educator, convener, and resource that works collaboratively to ensure communications and information access in service of individuals who are D/deaf or disabled.

Our Vision

Transforming the field of communications and information access so that all individuals can realize their right and ability to access information and express themselves.

Our Goals

  • To promote the expansion of quality communication access programs and services to individuals with disabilities
  • To strengthen the entire sector providing communication access for people with disabilities
  • To educate other grantmakers about the communication access needs of people with disabilities
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