Who We Are

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. 


About Cape Abilities

Creating Opportunity for individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod is the touchstone that drives the life-changing services and supports offered by Cape Abilities. For 50 years, Cape Abilities has provided enriching, high quality services, coupled with diverse community opportunities that empower our participants to achieve meaningful and valued roles in society.

In 1968, Cape Abilities was founded as Nauset Workshop in Orleans, and began its first programs out of the old Orleans Fire Station, serving just a handful of individuals. Mrs. Rose Kennedy (right) visited the center in its first months, and shared our mission with many in her effort to support those with disabilities on Cape Cod.

After 50 years of providing exceptional services to thousands of individuals with disabilities across Cape Cod, Cape Abilities continues to grow, and currently serves, at any one time, more than 400 individuals with a broad range of developmental and intellectual disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, blindness, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, mobility limitations, seizure disorder and mental health issues. The agency has program centers in Hyannis, Eastham and Falmouth and has over 285 talented staff members.

Cape Abilities is a valued influential member of the Cape Cod community, where program participants live, work and volunteer, and forge meaningful partnerships with individuals and businesses. We also seek to create or promote partnerships with various local civic, social, business and educational groups in order to maximize secular and social opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

We are grateful for the support of the entire Cape Cod community that allows our participants to improve their life goals, support their desire for self-advocacy, and help them to become valuable contributors in their community.


Cape Abilities Programs

Cape Abilities is licensed and certified by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and is approved to provide services for clients of MassHealth and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), as well as AbilityOne/SourceAmerica.

The agency has been awarded a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, and has received commendations for developing and maintaining many and varied successful relationships in the community and reporting very high levels of satisfaction with services from all key stakeholders.  

The Day Habilitation Program provides therapeutic-based activities to enhance wellness and independence for individuals who need more structure in order to succeed. As a community-committed program, it offers a variety of volunteer and social activities as well as physical exercise, arts and cultural events that are planned to meet each individual’s service plan goals. Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language supports are integrated into the daily program offerings.

Cape Abilities’ Community Based Day Supports Program (CBDS) provides a range of supports and training in order to provide a springboard to successful employment and meaningful community involvement through assessment of participants’ skills, needs and interests and exploration of a range of community opportunities including volunteerism, internships, job training placements and community classes that match participants’ areas of specific interest.

Community Employment Services is a comprehensive program to assist individuals in applying for jobs at businesses throughout the community and then, once they are placed in positions, provides the necessary transportation and supports so that they can keep their jobs and be valued employees. As part of this program, individuals may be placed in one of the agency’s four innovative Social Enterprises or they may have the opportunity to participate in its educational/vocational program operated in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Pre-Employment Training Services Program (below) is focused on increasing the organization’s collaboration with all local high schools to provide selected transition-age youth with vocational assessment supports and community job experience through paid internships before they leave high school.

Cape Abilities’ Residential Services include DDS and ABI/MFP Adult Long Term Residential Services, MRC Statewide Head Injury Program Residential Supports, Community Living/Individual Supports, Adult Family Care (AFC), Adult Shared Living and Agency with Choice.

The Transportation Program operates through contracts with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority. Participants in day and employment programs are provided with transportation to and from their daily program, employment, and community resources and activities.



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.
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 Harbor Walk  , 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
Cape Abilities Farm Market in Chatham 
• 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