About Us

Believe Ability provides assistive technology, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in the home, school, and community. Our staff has expertise in working with individuals with a variety of ages and diagnoses.

Our Mission

We are committed to maximizing the potential of children and adults with disabilities across environments by teaching skills or eliminating barriers to their participation in tasks that are meaningful to them.

  • We are committed to supporting and empowering people by providing education and services to meet their needs as well as facilitating access to other community resources.
  • We view the child or adult as a whole by developing collaborative relationships with each of the members of a client’s team including parents, teachers and school staff, and other professionals.
  • We are committed to educating professionals at the community, school district, state, and national level to increase disability awareness and access to services.
Staff

Director, Assistive Technology Specialist
Russell Dwiggins, BA, ATP has a degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and holds an Assistive Technology Practitioner credential through RESNA. He has over 9 years of Assistive Technology experience working with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. He serves on the advisory board for Asian Rehabilitation Service, Inc.

Service Manager
Therese Hall, MRA has over 32 years' experience in the field of developmental disabilities. She has a B.A. in Social Services from Chapman University and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco. She worked for 27 years at Desert Area Resources and Training (DART) which provides programs and services for persons who are developmentally disabled (an ARC) and was the CEO for 14 years. She was a surveyor/consultant for CARF, an organization that accredits rehabilitation facilities, and when she left her high desert home to return to the coast, the Board of Directors of DART named their children's center, The Therese M. Hall Children's Center, in honor of her. She is active in community organizations and has a passion for providing opportunities for individuals and families to gain the support and services necessary for independence and having the life they desire.

Consultant, Assistive Technology Specialist
Jason Hilkey, ATP has worked in Assistive Technology since 1999 and in computer technology since 1992. In 2003, Jason and Cecilia launched Believe Ability Inc. under the previous name of Pathways Therapy & Assistive Technology. Jason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Colorado College. He is credentialed as an Assistive Technology Practioner (ATP) through Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Jason is a frequent presenter at Assistive Technology conferences and is also a member of the Assistive Technology Consortium of Southern California.

Consultant, Occupational Therapist
Cecilia Hilkey, MA, OTR/L holds a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University. She was a recipient of a grant to foster leadership in pediatric Occupational Therapy from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She has specialized in pediatrics since 1999, working with children from newborn to the early teen years. She has received certification in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) and certification in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), as well as advanced training handwriting. In 2003, Jason and Cecilia launched Believe Ability Inc. under the previous name of Pathways Therapy & Assistive Technology.

Consultant, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist
Heather Bunn, MS, ATP has a diverse background in business operations management, computer technology, ergonomics, and rehabilitation technology. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management Information Systems (OMIS) from the College of Business at Northern Illinois University and a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Technology from the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds an Assistive Technology Practitioner credential through RESNA. Since 2003, she has worked with children and adults with disabilities providing assistive technology. Heather enjoys presenting information in trainings, conference presentations, and other forms of community outreach.