We’re making the world more accessible for people with communication disabilities.

Headquartered in Oakland, California, Ability Central is the philanthropic division of the California Communication Access Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003. 

Ability Central is on a mission to serve as a resource, convener, and educator working collaboratively to ensure that people who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent can communicate and access information. 

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White text on a dark green background reads, “2023 Impact Report: A Year in Review from Ability Central.” A braille-inspired pattern of green and blue circles separates the text from an image of a Black woman in a black shirt and an Asian woman in a gray cardigan, who take a break from creating braille materials to smile for the camera.

Our 2023 Year in Review

Across our three programs, Ability Central hit new milestones and laid the foundation for continued growth and achievement in 2023 and beyond.

Read all about the work we do in Ability Central’s 2023 Impact Report, available now online.

Our Programs

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The Ability Central Portal is a comprehensive digital resource that offers disability information across a variety of functions, including mobile device accessibility data, disability service organizations, and events for the disability community.

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Since 2010, our Philanthropy program has been awarding funding to community-based nonprofit or educational organizations in California that establish projects and programs designed to benefit the communication needs of Californians of all ages with disabilities.

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Our Cloud Consulting program helps nonprofits identify, implement, and learn to use cloud-based CRM solutions (like Salesforce) to achieve their missions more effectively and efficiently.

Our Vision

A world where all people have equitable access to communication, empowering them to realize their fundamental right and ability to receive information and express themselves.

Our Mission

To serve as a resource, convener, and educator working collaboratively to ensure that people who are Deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent can communicate and access information.

Our Values 


We demonstrate empathy, sensitivity, and kindness for all.


We show consideration for all, celebrating diversity and the ideas of others. 


We expand our knowledge of programs, services, and technologies by learning from our disability community.


We push ourselves to do things right, responding with action and leading by example.

Our Principles

We put our vision and values into action by: 


We explore needs, publicize resources, and promote opportunities for people with communication disabilities. 


We bring together individuals and organizations committed to communication access to identify needs, share opportunities, and empower one another’s goals. 


We work with partners to amplify our voice, leverage our work, and multiply our impact.

Help us help others with a direct donation today.

For questions about Ability Central or any of our programs and services please contact us.