Michael Tuller created Abilities Movement (f/n/a Adapted Recreation Services) in May 2010 as a sole-proprietorship and offered a mix of individual recreational therapy and group activities. Mr. Tuller holds a MSEd degree in adapted physical education and health, and has 20 years experience in managing recreational programs for people with disabilities with some of Rochester’s leading not-for-profit agencies.
Given that the majority of AM’s clients are receiving varied services provided by other local not-for-profit agencies, and that AM was also collaborating with several of these agencies to provide mutually beneficial programs, it made good business sense to have AM become a not-for-profit agency itself.
Achieving this goal would help reduce the cost of programs, allow more collaborative program opportunities, and offer scholarships to those who need it. In September 2012, AM began the lengthy process and finally was granted 503c not-for-profit agency status in February 2015. In March of 2019, Adapted Recreation Services changed its name to Abilities Movement.
Mr. Tuller, who now serves as the Executive Director of AM, also develops the programming, and fosters relationships with other not-for-profits and community organizations—all dedicated to promoting recreational opportunities for people with disabilities. Several board members provide AM’s oversight—all parents of people with disabilities—that provide guidance and support in the areas of business strategy, finance, marketing, and fundraising.