Where we take the "DIS" out of Disability
Maxwell's House Of Abilities is a Nonprofit 501(c)3. Our mission is to support those on the Autism spectrum and their families by offering and or finding funding for services such as Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Job opportunities and childcare for those with ASD. Our goal is to ultimately alter the perception of those on the Autism spectrum in our community, by helping them shine the light on their abilities, while simultaneously dimming the light on their disabilities. We also offer a classroom environments catered to the individual learning needs of those that come to our center. Along with offering life skills to help them feel fulfilled and have a sense of purpose to thrive in life.
Maxwell's House of Abilities Team
Christina Shelley, Founder and Executive Director of Maxwell's House of Abilities, formed the non profit organization in 2019. Christina's passion for pursuing her mission in life for enriching and bringing fulfillment in the lives of children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder stemmed from her very own personal story as a mother. Christina’s wide knowledge and experience in the field was cultivated through parenting her son, affording Christina a unique perspective on the onset reality of individuals living on the Autism spectrum and life through their eyes. Christina's collective understanding merged with her own personal day to day reality with the inclusion of therapy services and special education for children on the autism spectrum. This has allowed Christina to develop a unique set of compassionate and empathetic communication skills with families whose reality mimics her own.
Over the years Christina witnessed many hardships in finding facilities that would accept her child. Christina discovered many gaps in the education system. The therapy services being provided at these facilities required major improvements. Services for families were not affordable, which caused major delay in the development of many children as they were not easily afforded the therapy or expertise to be able to thrive and excel, improving the outcome of their futures.
As a dedicated mother trying to do her best for her son, Christina experienced an extensive premium of monthly co-payments and driving a radius of 150 miles daily. Being rejected from multiple daycare facilities and struggling to find recreational activities that would help her son with challenges he faced being on the spectrum was exhausting and demoralizing. In relation to the wear and tear of constantly being in the driver's seat and the impact it has on a parent trying to make sure their child receives the adequate services and care, fueled Christina's personal mission to discover and create a place which could provide all that lacked in the facilities she had encountered. Forging the beginning of Maxwell's house of Abilities, whose motto is We take the "Dis" out of disability.
Maxwell's House, a dedicated team of professionals with the inclusion of teachers and therapists, place emphasis on the strengths of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Providing speech therapy, occupational therapy, ABA and Educational services. Christina's dedication to provide affordable services, job opportunities, and customized plans for each family's needs brings forth the best in each individual. Enriching their experience and expanding their horizon and not that which limits them.
At Maxwell's House Christina set the precedent for an environment that supports families and their decision. The implementation of an individual's ideas and feelings are taken into high consideration. As multiple services such as therapy, IEP & 504 support, academic tutoring and vocational training are afforded. The overall mission of Maxwell's house is to take the "Dis" out of disability. Focusing on one's ability and liberating them from the worldly rejection which is often the focus of their disability.
Christina hopes to expand Maxwell's House's motto in facilities across the nation.
Victoria Garcia, M.S., LPC-A
Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
Supervised by Theora Noble, LPC-S, LCDC, AADC
Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Associate, and fellow autism mom. Her personal experiences as a special needs parent provide her with a unique perspective when working with individuals and their families. She’s experienced both the hardships and the joy of parenting a bright, loving, and sassy girl who sees the world through a different lens.
Victoria began working in mental health in 2008, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 2010, and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2020. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association and National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Director of Education
Graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies. General Education EC-6, Special Education K-12 with a minor in ESL (English as a Second Language) Learners.
She was an elementary school teacher with the Tomball independent school district. She worked specifically with children who have cognitive and or neurological disorders i.e. Autism Spectrum, Emotional Disturbance, ADHD, and Asperger just to name a few. She was the teacher in a self-contained classroom grade k-5 &6. She also spearheaded what would be known as the PASS Program (Positive Approach to Student Success) where she was both a behavior coach to students progressing through a self-contained classroom to the “normal” classroom setting, to coaching teachers how to love, handle, accept, teach, and forgive said students in their classroom.
Support Staff Director
Graduated from University of Houston Downtown with a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. She also has a Lifetime Certification as a Paraprofessional in the State of Texas.
She has worked in the educational system for over twenty years in both the Aldine ISD and Houston ISD school districts. Throughout Katherine’s long career in education she has worked as a paraprofessional and substitute teacher in both elementary and secondary education. Some of the schools she worked at are considered second chance for at risk students. Taking into consideration some of the children needs she has sponsored programs like The Houston Can Academy North step team (The Diamonds) that helped uplift and encourage self esteem in each student involved. The Diamonds Assisted at the Houston food bank and helped by spending time with and offering assistance to senior citizens.
Director of HR
Shannon graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Augusta State University Bachelor of science degree in Business Administration: Accounting and Finance from University of South Carolina, and has a Certificate of Local Government Management from University of Georgia, Carl Vincent Institute of Government.
She worked as the controller for 12 year at ANIC ( Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp) a private nonprofit located in Augusta Georgia. Her duties included Oversee long-range financial planning and budget requirements for this $20 million not-for-profit development/ Construction organization. Develop and maintain operational systems for financial functions. Design and implement effective cost controls.
Manage $1.6 million dollar annual operating budget. Closed $40 million dollar Lease-Purchase bond issue for a program rollout in conjunction with Freddie Mac.
Manage all human resource issues. Manage all technical issues and computer processes. Manage investment accounts and secure investments to ensure profitable returns. Financially analyze construction projects and provide budget-actual variance reports for Construction Manager and President/CEO. Financially manage two-hundred unit apartment complex owned and operated by company. Maintain systems, controls, and procedures. Assist in conflict resolutions. Review and manage all third party contracts.
Interested in learning more about Maxwell's House of Abilities? Please feel free to get in touch, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Tours are held on Mondays and Tuesday
Hours of Operation
Wed - Fri: 9am - 6pm
Sat: 10am - 3pm