MaxAbilities, also known as the York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.  Our Mission is to maximize abilities for individuals with special needs in York County by Teaching, Empowering, Advocating and Mentoring.


The York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs was created June 24, 1980 by SC Act 1127 of 1974 and the York County Council Ordinance dated February 27, 1978. The goal was to provide services to people in York County with developmental disabilities. In 1993, after governmental restructuring, services expanded to include those with autism, head and spinal cord injury and related disabilities. The board is a private 501(c) 3 organization.


The Board is composed of 11 volunteer members who were appointed by the Governor of South Carolina after being recommended by the York County Council. Each of the seven districts in the county is represented by a Board member and four members are appointed at-large. Board members serve a four-year term with no member serving more than two consecutive terms. The Board’s primary contractual partner is the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.


Funding for services is provided through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Medicaid, York County, York County Disabilities Foundation, Grants and other private donations and fundraising efforts.


Finding meaningful work for the individuals MaxAbilities supports has become very difficult.  Our folks are the last hired and the first ones fired when times get tough. Many of our individuals have little or no experience in the work force and most individuals in our county who require our vocational supports do not have a funding source to pay for those supports. The MaxAbilities Executive Team has been searching for an opportunity to create a revenue stream which would be sustainable over time to address all of these issues.


The Roastery is that opportunity to create a funding source to support individuals who do not have Medicaid or a Medicaid Waiver (funding source) by providing training, building resumes, building self-confidence and integrating into the community in a meaningful and productive way while earning wages.


Our mission at The York Coffee Roastery is provide work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities, autism and head and spinal cord injuries in the York County area by selling quality specialty coffee blends to the general public.

Serving the Families and Children of York County through Early Intervention. Early Intervention is a family focused program providing developmental instruction for parents and their children with developmental delays. The goals on the family directed plan strive to help the children reach their developmental milestones. This individualized family training is done through weekly home visits.


Any child from birth to age five that may have a developmental delay, disability, or condition that affects the child’s development may qualify for this service.  Parents or providers can make a referral.

Whether it is in-house contract work, work crews or individual employment where job coaches are there to train our folks on your job site. At your location or ours, we have people who want to work, know how to do a good job and take great pride in what they do. Partnering with Horizon Industries gives opportunities for personal growth while your work gets done to your exact specifications.


Just some of the work we do:

  • Secure Document Shredding
  • Bulk Mailing
  • Packaging
  • Light Assembly
  • Lawn Maintenance and   Landscaping
  • Janitorial Services
  • Floor Services:  Stripping/Waxing & Carpet Cleaning
  • Silver Polishing
  • Anything you need!