Your Bridge to Independence
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Our core services

Information and Referral

Valuable community resources and guidance are provided by our helpful training team members

Peer Mentoring Services

Focused on the attainment of the highest level of independent living


Educational workshops, Divergence (ramp program), Nursing Home move to community-base

Independent Living Skills Training

Goal oriented, one on one training geared toward skills that promote independent living

Advocacy Training

Individual and Systems

Be a part of our community

Task Conference 2018

North Charleston Community Collaboration

Wonka Art in the Dark

Bridge Awards 2018

Advocacy Day 2018

Additional Services

Building Me Workshop Series

Training programs with disabilities to fully develop skills and disabilities that will maximize their individual level of independence

ADA Assessment

Retail, hospitality and business spaces

Charlie at Charis

North Charleston, SC — Join us this Friday for Charlie at Charis, a live performance and rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The play was created by the students of Charis Academy in partnership with Art Pot and AccessAbility. The public is invited to join for a sweet story and talented youth performances. The event is free of charge. Charlie at Charis is the culmination of a year-long production and joined efforts of three participating organizations. With inspiration from…

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Stories of Success: Mr. Connell

We are pleased to share the story of one of our many kind and generous donors, Mr. James Connell. Mr. Connell had recently lost his wife when he got in touch with us. He remembered that when she was alive, she often visited with AccessAbility for help with assistive technology. In her memory, he wanted to return the favor and give back “to the place that helped her.” We appreciate Mr. Connell’s selflessness and loyalty during a tough time.

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Stories of Success: Mr. Bellamy

Mr. Bellamy felt like he hit a brick wall. He was having trouble keeping his balance and practicing self-care; everyday tasks that we often take for granted. Luckily his friend Kelly came across our website and put him in touch with our Independent Living team. With our staff member John Bryant, Mr. Bellamy created an independent living plan which included a cane and a rollator. For those of you who are less familiar with durable medical equipment, a rollator is…

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Meet our team

Julia Barrett-Martinelli

Number of Years: 4 years
Title: Advocate / Executive Director

Kelly Torres

Number of Years: 1 years
Title: Advocate / Database Management

Elizabeth Blume

Number of Years:  6 months
Title: Advocate / Independent Living Specialist Supervisor

John Bryant

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Independent Living Specialist

Kurtis Whitehead

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Assistant Director

Brentney Simon

Number of Years: 1 year
Title: Advocate / Information & Referral Specialist & Youth Leadership Coordinator

Jason Torres

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Lead Facilitator

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