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Our Mission

At ScentsAbility, our company’s mission is to provide job training, employment, and supported housing for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We help our artisans realize their full potential and create beautifully crafted artisan scented candles.
All Our Best,
Bonnie Schmidt & Denise Anderson, Co-Founders

Our Story

We founded ScentsAbility in 2009, based on a mutual love for our daughters with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). When individuals with I/DD finish high school, they are faced with distinctive issues such as loss of federal funding, an increase in isolation, and limited choices for a purposeful day. 

ScentsAbility is an innovative social enterprise that serves as a source of sustainable income and life skills for our employees and participants. Started as an alternative to institutionalized and mindless tasks, ScentsAbility provides adaptive strategies to ensure adults with I/DD achieve success, offering solutions that help them thrive.

In 2013, ScentsAbility transitioned to a non-profit organization to advance our mission of providing work opportunities for adults with I/DD.

In 2015, ScentsAbility was presented with a Congressional Proclamation in recognition of our Organization’s groundbreaking work with young adults with I/DD. 

In 2017, ScentsAbility was honored at the annual National Candle Association (NCA) Expo for the products and possibilities we have produced. In addition, ScentsAbility was asked to be the Key Note Speakers, spreading our message of inclusion and purpose to several hundred top executives in the candle industry.

Today, ScentsAbility is the longest-running micro-enterprise in the state of Florida. Our artisan-crafted candles are produced with the finest fragrances, a proprietary soy wax blend, and 100% cotton wicks that are non-GMO, non-toxic, and eco-friendly.  Learning adaptive strategies to manufacture, market, and sell these candles has provided adults with I/DD a strong pathway to independence. 

Growing from ScentsAbility, the IDDeal Foundation focuses on the larger mission of promoting whole-person solutions for adults with I/DD, so that they can lead productive and fulfilling lives.  Structured as WORK, LIVE, and PLAY, IDDeal addresses pressing issues facing adults with I/DD, such as health and wellness, independent living, and inclusivity. ScentsAbility represents the WORK pillar of the IDDeal Foundation. 

We are so excited to expand our work and improve the quality of life for more adults with I/DD, and reduce the risks of poverty, obesity, and depression that are so prevalent among individuals with disabilities. We hope to work together towards this mission, and look forward to answering any questions or provide any additional information you may like — just let us know!

Every week, we receive inquiries from more families of adults with I/DD asking how they can get involved in our program. We are actively working to build community partnerships that will allow us to expand our program. If you are interested in learning more and getting involved, please let us know! Reach out any time via (954) 234-4405 or info@scentsability.org.

Making a Difference in South Florida

If you would like to help ScentsAbility, you can donate directly to our Paypal Account.
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