Sequential analysis and review of all data
Analyze information and link to appropriate service providers
Training on disabiliy awareness
Advocate on behalf
of individuals and their families in order to secured needed services and entitlements
For all systems and services
Secure services and entitlements for individuals with disabilities and their families
Develop an action plan
Plan, monitor, and adjust coordinated services
• Ability Matters was founded by Sheryl Arno to leverage her years of experience in working with families, individuals and private/government agencies in the developmental disabilities community.
• Sheryl Arno was the Executive Director of the Dekalb Developmental Disabilities Council. In this role she consulted with various agencies and individuals providing informational and referral services, as well as directing them on how to navigate through “systems”. She also has provided “Disability Awareness” training to schools, corporations, non-profit organizations all over the state and internationally in Cairo,Egypt.
• She began her career in 1991 as the first manager of Specialcare. This cutting edge center was offering an inclusion program for preschoolers with developmental disabilities. She went on to gain her vast experience with children and adults with development disabilites working in the areas of social, recreational, camping, educational and vocational services. At The Marcus Jewish Community Center, The Frazer Center, The Amit Community School Program, Jewish Family Career Services, and the Dekalb Developmental Disabilities Council she has dealt with a broad range of developmental disability issues and government agencies.
• She is the founder of the Academy for Inclusive Adult Education at Kennesaw State University, and continues to sit on their Advisory board.
• Community involvement includes: The Amit Advisory Board, The Inner Harbor IRB, and Board of Directors for AADD (All About Developmental Disabilities), Advisory Board for MJCCA, Developmental Disabilities department.
• Sheryl Arno is a Georgia native, a loving mother of 3, and has enjoyed the past 25 years helping people with developmental disabilities and wants to continue for many more years.