Doing Good: Ability Tree

Published 08/27 2013 11:23AM

Updated 08/27 2013 11:46AM

SILOAM SPRINGS, AR-- Helping others and raising awareness. That's only part of the mission for Ability Tree.

We reach out to families impacted by disability," Founder, Joe Butler says.

Founded back in 2010, Butler started the nonprofit after his own families experience. His 12-year-old son Micah was diagnosed with multiple disabilities at 9 months old. Through his families journey, they started Ability Tree because of a passion to reach out and support other families like their own.

"Everything we do revolves around recreation education support and training or rest," Butler explains.

The nonprofit offers after-school and recreational programs along with plenty to do, including an art studio complete with paint and projects. Their laid back sensory room is decked out with lights and colors specially designed for the children they help.

"We're not fighting to find a cure for disabilities. We are fighting to raise awareness and include families impacted by disabilities and their communities," Butler says.

Butler says through Ability Tree, they help nearly 40 families on a regular basis. While they work to build support networks for them, they also want others to do their part.

"Help people to notice people." Butler challenges. "When you see a family with a disability, stop and take the time to get to know them."

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