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STARability’s Next Chapter

New campus acquisition sets stage for expanded services and growth

STARability, a leading organization dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has announced a significant milestone with the acquisition of a five-acre parcel, with an existing 42,000-square-foot, two-story building located at 2655 Northbrook Drive, Naples, FL 34119. This acquisition follows an invitation from Southwest Florida Music Education Center, Inc. (SWFMEC) to merge with their organization, effective March 28.

The new campus marks a transformative moment for STARability, as it positions the organization for expanded services and growth. The site will serve as STARability’s future permanent new center, providing an ideal setting for a range of wraparound services and support for individuals with IDD in Southwest Florida. Ongoing planning is underway to integrate this new resource into the organization’s long-term vision.

“STARability’s mission is to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through vocational training, continuing education, teamwork, social engagement, and community involvement,” said Karen Govern, CEO of STARability. “SWFMEC was established to provide post-secondary music education classes to neurodivergent young adults who are musically talented. Both organizations have been deeply committed to their respective missions, and we believe that by joining forces, we can create more inclusive and comprehensive programs for our participants.”

The merger will result in the continuation and expansion of STARability’s existing programs, and the development of new programs, including an anticipated music program, under STARability’s leadership, structure, and management.

The new location not only accelerates plans for expanding programs and services but also reflects STARability’s dedication to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.

“This new center underscores STARability’s bold vision for opening a world of possibilities for many more individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by breaking down barriers and providing greater inclusive opportunities for growth, learning and social connections,” added Govern. “This is a historic moment for STARability and the community; we believe our new campus will become a model center, not just locally, but regionally and nationally.”

Property development plans are underway and details on the timeline will be released at a later date.