"The ABILITY House will... remove the barriers that keep people with disabilities from owning their own homes," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "This build will send a powerful message: People with disabilities can make a house into a home." The partnership between ABILITY Awareness and Habitat for Humanity International was established in 1999 to help low-income people living with disabilities become homeowners. The Program The hallmark program of ABILITY Awareness, a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is the ABILITY House. Created by ABILITY Awareness, in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity International, the ABILITY House is an affordable, accessible home built for a low-income family where one or more members has a disability. The unique aspect of the ABILITY House program is in the utilization of volunteers with disabilities during all phases of construction emphasizing their abilities and talents.

The Purpose:
The purpose of the ABILITY House program is to provide affordable,accessible housing for low-income families where one or more members have a disability; make decent shelter that is accessible and visitable a matter of public conscience and highlight the skills, volunteering potential and mentoring capabilities of people with disabilities.

The Partners:
The partners of the ABILITY House program are: ABILITY Awareness as a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities through housing, education, employment, media and volunteer opportunities; Habitat for Humanity International as an ecumenical Christian non-profit organization dedicated to building houses for people in disabilities through celebrity interviews and in-depth articles.

The Aims of Participation:
The specific aims of participation are: promote that anyone can volunteer and work to make a difference in the community; raise the level of awareness of Habitat for Humanity?s commitment to serving everyone; encourage businesses, organizations, college students and local community residents to become aware of the specific needs for decent shelter for low income families with disabilities.

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