Since 1999 hundreds of adults have come to Ability Specialists and learned how to live, work and feel more independently. They have learned how to build deeper connections to their communities, peers and most importantly, to themselves. We do this by teaching life, vocational, social, and emotional skills. This combination helps to produce kind, confident, empathetic, and independent adults.
We all aspire to discover what it means to live our lives in our own way, but to pursue this in a meaningful way, we need to develop trusting relationships and connections with those around us.

Ultimately, our passion is to effect social change for people that are treated differently by society at large. We do this through connection, love, and belonging in our community. We help our individuals evolve personally and professionally. A value that we hold ourselves to as well.


Ability Specialists is committed to helping every individual we work with reach his or her potential. We understand that no two people are alike, therefore it is our goal to ensure that we help every individual create their own specific success story. We encourage them to take prudent risks that will teach new skills and build confidence.

We do not provide a “caretaker program” where participants are simply supervised while doing standard activities. Our proven mentor-based approach is designed to individualize programs for every person and has helped us clearly stand apart from other programs. True to our name, we specialize in helping every individual achieve his or her full set of unique abilities. Our dedicated and highly trained mentors deliver experiential learning programs that build better support networks, deeper friendships and stronger ties with communities. By creating these kinds of constructive learning frameworks, we support and teach useful and practical skills that lead toward greater confidence and independence.

At Ability Specialists, expectations are always high. We motivate people daily, never supporting the use of their disabilities as excuses for overdependence on others. We have found, time and again, that our mentor-based supportive learning environment results in participants becoming well-adjusted adults with the freedom to pursue more self-sufficient lives.

Our person-centered programs meet our participants’ individual needs through:

  • Team-oriented systems that include parents, mentors, case managers and the community.

  • A highly trained, compassionate staff that focuses on each participant’s unique needs.

  • A fun supportive atmosphere that creates a sense of community.

  • Skills-based experiential learning programs that promote productivity in daily life.

  • Exceptional customer service to participants, their families, and our community partners.


"My son Nick has attended Ability Specialists since 2017. The staff exhibit commitment, patience and creativity everyday in helping Nick and every participant reach their personal goals and potential. While always using creative ways to moving each individual person forward, despite the individual’s disabilities. Kind loving people, each and every employee; they truly enjoy their clients. As a parent of a disabled/special needs adult, to have an organization meet and exceed my expectations is such a blessing. It’s truly like having extended family watch over your love ones, in your absence. Great team."
Roger and Sheila (Parents)

"Ability Specialists's staff and programs have made a huge difference in the quality of my son's life. They have provided so many opportunities to grow individually and socially. He is leading a much more full and complete life filled with developing  friendships and relationships with others. The learning activities have increased his interaction with his community and world. I can't thank Ability Specialists enough for the work they have done to improve and enhance my son's day to day life."
Joan Hayes (Parent)

"A Precious Child has truly enjoyed having Ability Specialist come and volunteer with us! They are such a fun group and they put a smile on our faces every time they walk through the door. They are hard workers, always pushing and striving for the best. We admire this partnership and we hope it last a lifetime!"
Yvette Redwwood (Volunteer Coordinator)

"Through many years of work with Ability Specialists, I have been impressed repeatedly by the commitment they make to each individual and each family. I have seen Rick and TJ help families reach important goals and develop amazing, dedicated, therapeutic relationships with clients, helping them accomplish things that others didn't think possible. Having worked in this field for more than 15 years, I have seen very few organizations that stand out as truly positive forces in improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Ability Specialists leads the pack."
Scott Quicke, M.A., LPC (Independent Therapist)

"The Ability Specialists are more than a helping hand for our organization. They bring a positive attitude and upbeat approach to the many tasks that they work on while at our warehouse. We're always happy to see their smiling faces every week!"
Barona DiNapoli (Volunteer Coordinator)

"Our son, Ahron, has been with Ability Specialists since 2017. They offer a large array of different programs both online and in-person. These programs have helped Ahron during the pandemic continue to grow both socially and individually. The Mentorship program they offer has helped Ahron grow at work and have the confidence that he needs in life. We are so grateful for the Mentors and for Ability Specialists, thank you all."
Dena Jo (Parent)


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Rick and TJ Sison, founders of Ability Specialists, know a thing or two about overcoming Challenges. TJ experienced a range of learning disabilities during her developmental years, including dyslexia, comprehension difficulties, behavioral issues and later diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Rick was born with Attention Deficit Disorder accompanied by other learning disabilities. During his primary education, Rick’s educational challenges led him into Special Education classes.

Instead of allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by their setbacks, Rick and TJ both found ways to overcome their obstacles. Over the years, they learned how to achieve their personal goals and to develop healthy, balanced lives. Conquering their challenges inspired Rick and TJ to want to mentor and teach others. In 1999, the couple started Ability Specialists to share their insights with a population in need. Since its founding, the company has grown into one of Colorado’s most successful service agencies for improving the lives of adults with developmental disabilities while still maintaining the feel of a family business.

Jeff is a native of Pittsburgh, PA who moved to Colorado in 2012. Jeff has worked in the developmental disability field since 2005 ranging from leadership roles in day programs, residential support, managing group homes and employment services. Jeff has faced his own challenges along the way that he has had to find positive ways to cope with and manage. For most of his life, Jeff has dealt with ADD, Anxiety, and some OCD tendencies. His dedication to his own personal growth is inspiring and what makes him one of the best mentors in the business. He uses his own experiences to relate to and have compassion for the individuals we serve, offering love, guidance, empathy and support. Ability Specialists is incredibly fortunate to have Jeff as part of the team. In 2018 Jeff purchased a percentage of the company solidifying his commitment to the organization as well as the clients we serve. His organizational, management, and leadership skills support our team and allow them to achieve their potential as well.
Program Manager

Santo Ruiz III

Employment Specialists


Dave Tell

Administrative Assistant
Tiffany Sanders

Lead Team Manager


Mike Allard

Team Manager


Adam Mason

Team Manager

Kirstin Stockton

Team Manager

Amelia Cooper

Team Manager


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Ability Specialists Inc
7055 E Evans Avenue,
Suite 300 Denver, CO 80224

OFFICE: 303.690.5203
FAX: 970.829.0054

Jeffry Kingston
Director/Equity Owner

TJ Roper Sison
President and CEO

Rick Sison
VP and Cofounder