Michael Tuller, Executive Director created Abilities Movement (f/n/a Adapted Recreation Services) in May 2010 as a sole-proprietorship and offered a mix of individual adapted recreational therapy and group activities. Mr. Tuller holds a MS Ed degree in Adapted Physical Education and Health, and has over 20 years of experience in managing recreational programs for people with disabilities with some of Rochester’s leading not-for-profit agencies.
Abilities Movement’s collaboration to provide mutually beneficial programs with local not-for-profit agencies serving participants, presented the need for Abilities Movement to become a not-for-profit agency. Achieving this goal helped reduce the cost of programs, allowed more collaborative program opportunities, offered scholarships to those in need, and allowed Abilities Movement to continue its mission of service to the community. In September 2012, Abilities Movement was granted 503c Not-For-Profit agency status in February 2015. In March of 2019, Adapted Recreation Services changed its name to Abilities Movement, Inc.
Mr. Tuller, who now serves as the Executive Director of Abilities Movement, also develops the programming and fosters relationships with other not-for-profits and community organizations—all dedicated to promoting adapted recreational opportunities for people with differing needs. Mr. Tuller has built a team of nine dedicated professionals with specialization in fitness and sports differentiation for each individual. Several board members—all parents of people with disabilities—provide Abilities Movement’s oversight and provide guidance and support in the areas of business strategy, finance, marketing, and fundraising.