what is a developmental disability?

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

- originated at birth or during childhood,

- is expected to continue indefinitely, and

- substantially restricts the individuals functioning in several major life activities.

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


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 countywide with developmental disabilities that could not be met by the Disabilities Department.  The Foundation received 501(3)(c) status in September of 2004.

100 Clearwater Way

Beaufort, SC  29906


The Disabilities Foundation of 

Beaufort County

If you are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, please contact us by phone at 843-255-6290 or email wlove@bcgov.net.‚Äč

The mission of ABLE, The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County, SC is to foster and support the activities and purposes of organizations serving people with developmental disabilities.

our mission

ABLE - The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort


ABLE's vision is that all individuals with developmental disabilities in Beaufort County receive services that enable them to reach their full potential, integrate as members of the community, and receive the respect and opportunities of all citizens.