Who We Are

Rosalie A. Edes, President and Executive Director, Cape Abilities

The mission of Cape Abilities is to serve individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod by educating, counseling and providing residential, therapeutic, social and employment supports that empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in the community. 

In November of 2014, Cape Abilities welcomed Rosalie A. Edes as its new President and Executive Director.

As a parent of a young adult son who was born with Down Syndrome, Ms. Edes has a passion for enhancing disability services for all people.  In her role as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Policy and Programs in the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (MA), she oversaw the work of four disability agencies in the state,  and demonstrated a strong focus on ensuring high quality, community-based services for children and adults with disabilities.

“This dynamic, innovative organization is all about opportunity and partnership. We have committed ourselves to providing an array of community opportunities so that individuals with disabilities can build and maintain friendships, explore their personal interests, and be valued members of their community through work and other meaningful contributions.  And as we focus on quality community-based services, we are simultaneously building our expertise so that we can ensure appropriate clinical, therapeutic, educational and support services for the diverse array of individuals we serve.

“But none of this happens without the collaborative efforts of all of our professional and compassionate staff, and the steadfast support of our community partners, donors, volunteers, local businesses and dedicated friends like you who share our values and who are willing to assist and sustain us so that we can transform ordinary services into extraordinary services!  Thank you so much for supporting our life-changing work!”


Cape Abilities has a long history of providing services to people with disabilities on Cape Cod. Founded in 1968 as Nauset Workshop, Cape Abilities has consistently grown and expanded over the years. Cape Abilities provides jobs, homes, transportation, a therapeutic day skills program and support services for people with disabilities across Cape Cod.

At Cape Abilities, we believe everyone has abilities, and we strive to help our program participants reach their full potential every day.

A nonprofit organization, Cape Abilities supports people with disabilities across Cape Cod, from Bourne to Provincetown.  Headquartered in Hyannis, we also have centers in Eastham and Falmouth.

Cape Abilities offers a range of programs, including:

• Job placement and training services
• Residential programs
• Day Habilitation/Life Skills
• Transportation

With a creative approach to sustainability, we have developed several social enterprises that provide jobs for people with disabilities:

Cape Abilities welcomes involvement by individuals and businesses. Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Hire a Cape Abilities employee for your business. We provide training, placement and support.
Contract with Cape Abilities Vending for your business vending needs.
Donate and shop at Cape Abilities Thrift Shop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth.
Shop at Cape Abilities Farm on Route 6A in Dennis.
Participate in Cape Abilities Annual HarborWalk Fun Run, held every spring at Hyannis Village Green. Businesses, families and individuals form teams to raise funds and enjoy a scenic, harbor-view course.
Join or participate in the Cape Abilities Annual Golf Tournament.
Volunteer – individually or as a group of students, employees, organization or club members.
Become a corporate sponsor or donor.

Cape Abilities has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities across Cape Cod. Volunteers can help at:

• Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis
• Cape Abilities Thrift Shop in West Yarmouth
• Our Annual events
• Our residences, with seasonal yard work and painting
• Music, art and exercise programs

This website is designed to help you learn about our programs and services. If you need additional information, please call us 508-778-5040 or email at info@CapeAbilities.org