Vision realized: Ability Consultants comes to Pagosa Springs

In the small southwestern town of Cortez, Colo. lives a remarkable woman who had a remarkable vision. Her vision was an agency to assist people with disabilities.

That agency is Ability Consultants and the woman’s name is Barbara J. Howe.

Howe, a person with disabilities, is the founder of Ability Consultants and has been the executive director for the past seven years. Ability Consultants is a state and federally recognized non-profit corporation that brings resources to people with disabilities and their families.

“We have resources for people who are homeless, needing food, as well as assistance in acquiring durable medical equipment, i.e. wheelchairs, scooter, canes, etc. We help our clients navigate the disabled world on their road to self-sufficiency. We are a One-Stop-Disability-Resource-Center and work hands-on with our clients,” writes Howe.

Ability Consultants has now expanded to the Pagosa Springs area. Two longtime residents, Tom and Lynne Mitchell, are now on board as volunteers trying to raise community awareness and bring resources to the disabled residents of this area.

“This is a very difficult time for everyone,” stated Tom Mitchell. “We all feel the crunch because of our failing economy, jobs and money are scarce, especially in our area. This hits the disabled community even harder. There are members of our community who are overwhelmed and scared. We at Ability Consultants, act as advocates to help this segment of our society find resources and teach them how to advocate for themselves.”

Ability consultants has, in the past, received small tax-deductible donations from business and private sources. Ability Consultants is now an established entity and is seeking major funding for capacity building throughout the Four Corners Area.

For further local information about Ability Consultants, contact Tom and Lynne Mitchell at 731-3909 or visit the Web site at to see who we are and what we do.