Ability Training Services is an Oregon and Minnesota based company that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attain their goals of independence. Ability Training Services (ATS) works with individuals to use their unique abilities to the benefit of their communities, families, and themselves.
Turning disabilities into abilities one step at a time.
The ATS mission is to help individuals work toward a healthy independent lifestyle, specifically individuals with developmental disabilities. ATS supports that mission by offering encouragement, motivation, and the tools necessary for success to everyone who wants to grow .
ATS provides interesting, fun and educational experiences in both large and small groups every month. You choose which days you want to attend based on your interests, abilities, goals and schedule. If you meet someone you really like in the ATS group, we can help you build that friendship in a smaller group setting. If there is a goal you want to work on individually, we can create a schedule to work one on one with you whenever it works best for both of you.
ATS has its roots in the education system and integrated community settings. Originally from Minnesota, ATS founder Danya Ochoa started working in Special Education with elementary aged students in 2007. Her co-worker, Becky, initially introduced her to the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and soon Danya saw the huge need for support in this field. Shortly thereafter after, Danya became an Independent Contractor for the State of Oregon DHS and worked with adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities in their homes and communities. Danya had a lifetime of experience with developmental disabilities (I/DD) and understood the importance of learning and living in integrated community settings so she built Ability Training Services to help get more Oregonians experiencing I/DD get out into their communities to learn, work, and contribute.
Since 2014 ATS has succeeded in helping many individuals with I/DD to maintain and improve their health and wellness, communication skills, independence, safety, and employment skills. ATS understands the effectiveness of semi-structured social learning and so incorporates social learning into all of its programs: Mad Moves Health and Wellness class, Communication Clique, money handling class, Friendship Retreat, Mad Moves Health and Wellness Retreat, Safety Retreat, Explore Minnesota, Explore Oregon, and the Experience series. Positive behavior supports, person-centered thinking, and self-determination are core principles that ATS is guided by when serving individuals during all respite/relief care, one-on-one, small group, and large group appointments.
In 2016 ATS saw the need to support Oregonians who experience I/DD in finding stable and competitive jobs. To that end, ATS began working with Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Department of Developmental Disabilities to help individuals find fulfilling, completely integrated work in their communities at competitive wages. ATS is eager to be able to help ones through the Discovery Process into VR and into paid employment. And, for those who need the extra support, ATS is happy to continue assisting individuals at their newly acquired jobs through job coaching.
ATS is a collaborative group of coaches, teachers, and mentors who want to see individuals succeed and reach the greatest independence possible.
From our Twitter and Instagram to our Facebook page, ATS is all about making connections in the community and developing a network with which to learn and grow. You can follow us on all three social media platforms by clicking on the links at the bottom of our site.
ATS can provide assistance when and where you need it! (Not all services are available in each state - see "Services" for detailed descriptions of services in your area.)
Employment supports before, during, and after the job hunt:
24 hour relief care
Community inclusion and social learning:
In-home support with activities of daily living