Dear Friends,

While our philosophy of “love before learning” will never change, a lot HAS changed at Arts & Services for Disabled since the organization was founded 35 years ago.  And, consistent with our original belief and vision that people with disabilities should not be isolated or hidden, I’m happy to say our society and its attitude towards people with disabilities is catching up with us and “inclusion” is now an expectation. 

In order to keep up with these changes and to better communicate the work we do, Arts & Services for Disabled has embarked on a rebranding effort.  With almost 35 years of ASD history, we did not take this effort lightly.  We gathered input from all of our stakeholders including our staff, government agencies, board members, major funders, volunteers and students’ families.  

Through an extensive analysis of this data, ensuring that we stayed true to our founding philosophy and mission, we have decided to rename our organization “Able Arts Work.” Our new name and brand better communicates the broad reach and impact of our programs and, importantly, the inclusion we have always been committed to. 

Though our name and look have changed, our heart and soul have not.  The work we do and our commitment to people with disabilities is not changing – in fact, it’s stronger than ever.  Inclusion has always been part of what we do because it greatly benefits our students and the community.  We will continue to provide the same quality programming we always have, and are always looking for new ways to serve our students to help them meet their personal goals.

We are very excited about our new brand, and think it will go a long way in helping us grow and sustain the organization for the next 35 years and beyond.  If you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime.  We are always happy to hear from our valued friends!

In our Love Before Learning Spirit,

 Helen G. Dolas


Helen Dolas Featured Guest on KPFK’s Access Unlimited Show

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, Founder and CEO of Able ARTS Work (formerly known as Arts & Services for Disabled, Inc.) Helen Dolas appeared on the KPFK radio show, Access Unlimited, which is available on demand in the KPFK archives.  Helen is a repeat guest and the entire hour was dedicated to discussing Able ARTS Work programs in the community, as well as the relationship with Remo Drums and the organization’s Ami and Remo Belli Humanitarian Award.  This year’s award was given to Bill Shumard and Special Olympics Southern California at this year’s Artbeat for Humanity Gala, COUNT ME IN! on June 18, 2016.