We are NOT activists ... 




Chelsy Hernandez - Director


The goal of The WOW is to provide quality programs and support to individuals with developmental disabilities for them to lead meaningful and productive lives, explore their potential, develop a sense of community, and pursue independence and jobs if able. To accomplish this goal, The WOW focuses on improving the individuals’ adaptive skills that are required to live independently, work, and play in the community. These include communications, self-care, home living, social skills, health and safety, self-direction, functional academics, employment, and leisure. 


The WOW’s map to achieve its vision is offering support, guidance, and encouragement to adults with developmental disabilities regarding their personal choices, abilities, growth, and independence. The WOW offers the following work and education programs: Life and Work Skills, Technology Lab, Art, Sports and Fitness, Music Therapy, Cooking Skills, Community Based Education, Supported Employment, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Services, and Special Olympics.



Dignity and Worth

We treat each person in a caring and respectful fashion, mindful of individual differences and cultural and ethnic diversity. The WOW understands the individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities all have their own interests, preferences, and goals; they also have a valuable perspective to offer the world. We promote consumers’ socially responsible self-determination and seek to enhance their capacity and opportunity to address their own needs.


The WOW values ethical and transparent behavior. We believes in honest and open communication that fosters trust and ensures we are accountable to each other and the people we support.


Our primary goal is to help individuals with disabilities. The WOW’s staff draws on their knowledge, values, and skills that elevate service to others above self-interest. 


We continually strives to increase its staff’s professional knowledge and skills and to apply them in the provision of services to the consumers. The WOW’s staff is expected and encouraged to conduct personal study and research, to attend webinars and conferences, and to pursue additional certification or degrees.

Social Justice

At The WOW, we pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families. The WOW’s social change efforts are focused primarily on issues of disparity, abuse, segregation, isolation, unemployment, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice against individuals with developmental disabilities. These activities seek to promote sensitivity to and knowledge about uniqueness and diversity.