About Us

About Us


Background and History

First Chance Center was established in 1969 through the efforts of grassroots supporters composed of parents and advocates. Nationwide, people with disabilities were truly beginning the journey to mainstream America. The advent of new special education legislation along with a change in attitudes fueled the development of the First Chance Center.

Area Served

The agency is located in Paoli, Indiana, which is the county seat of Orange County. This rural area of southern Indiana is characterized by chronic high unemployment, ranking near the bottom statewide in per capita income. In spite of the social and economic barriers, First Chance Center has become a multi-faceted service provider. Other counties served include Washington, Martin, Lawrence, Dubois and Crawford.

Commitment to Consumer Choice

We are committed to person-centered planning and advocate for consumer choice. Every effort is made to find employment in the community if the consumer expresses this desire. Those who choose to participate in Day Services are given the opportunity to apply for community employment whenever they express this desire.

Funding Sources

First Chance Center is a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization. Services are funded through our subcontract income; federal, state and local contracts; local government support; grants; and donations.

Source America/AbilityOne is a national governmental agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal set-aside contracts and assisting providers in maintaining those contracts