According to the Development  Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, a developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability which:

  1. - originated at birth or during childhood,
  2. - is expected to continue indefinitely, and
  3. - substantially restricts the individuals functioning  in several major life activities.

The most common developmental disabilities are Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Mental Retardation.

The ABLE Foundation touches the lives of these children and adults in Beaufort County by:

  1. Providing advocacy and public awareness of the needs and challenges of children and adults.
  2. Working with other community organizations to meet the needs of consumer's and families.
  3. Conducting fundraising events to meet service needs.

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The ABLE Foundation

The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County

100 Clearwater Way

Beaufort, SC  29906


ABLE - The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort

If you are interested in serving on our Board, please contact us by phone at 843-255-6300


The ABLE Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, created to provide support and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Beaufort County, which is not provided with Federal, State or County funds.


In 2003, a group of individuals, including two members of the Beaufort County Department of Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board, met to form this organization. It was established to meet the needs of individuals 'county-wide' with developmental disabilities that could not be met by BCDSN. The Foundation received 501 (3) (c) status in September 2004.