History, Vision, and Goals

Our History

Headquartered in Concord, 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 a resource, convener, and educator working collaboratively to ensure that people who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent can communicate and access information.

Our Vision

A world where all people have equitable access to communication, empowering them to realize their fundamental right and ability to receive information and express themselves.

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Our Values 


We demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, and kindness for all.


We show consideration for all, celebrating diversity and the ideas of others. 


We expand our knowledge of programs, services, and technologies by learning from our disability community.


We push ourselves to do things right, responding with action and leading by example.

Our Principles

We put our vision and values into action by: 


We explore needs, publicize resources, and promote opportunities for people with communication disabilities. 


We bring together individuals and organizations committed to communication access to identify needs, share opportunities, and empower one another’s goals. 


We work with partners to amplify our voice, leverage our work, and multiply our impact.