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 previous 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!”


Creating Opportunity for individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod is the touchstone that drives the life-changing services and supports offered by Cape Abilities. Since 1968, this agency has provided enriching, high quality services, coupled with diverse community opportunities that empower our participants to achieve meaningful and valued roles in society.

Cape Abilities serves over 420 individuals with a broad range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental and intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, blindness, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, mobility limitations, seizure disorder and mental health issues.

Founded in 1968 as Nauset Workshop, Cape Abilities has a long and distinguished history on Cape Cod. We are very proud that 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to our programs (far exceeding the industry standard).  Our organization is guided by a Board of Directors with exceptional and diverse backgrounds, who are deeply invested in our community. Cape Abilities is, likewise, a strong member of the Cape Cod community, where our program participants live, work and volunteer, and forge meaningful partnerships with individuals and businesses throughout the community.


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 Farm, which grows award-winning tomatoes, annual and perennial flowers and other local and Cape Abilities-grown produce
  • Cape Abilities Farm Store, featuring our farm produce, local products, art, furniture and one-of-a-kind collectible gifts
  • Cape Abilities Thrift Shop, specializing in fine furniture and home décor and unique Cape Cod artwork and collectibles
  • Cape Abilities Vending, which provides vending services for businesses at over 45 locations from Wareham to Eastham

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