Partnering to build communities that work for everyone.

Empowering individuals with disabilities

To assist people with disabilities to live, work, and socialize within a fully accessible community.

Our Programs

Life Skills

Provides independent living skills training for youth with disabilities to prepare them for the adulthood.

Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI)

Helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs.

Home Accessibility

Builds ramps and constructs home modifications necessary for maintaining independent living.

Equipment Loan

A platform for individuals seeking to buy or sell disability equipment, including used wheelchairs, wheelchair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and accessible vehicles.

Information & Referral

Dedicated Ability Center staff who inform, educate, and share important information on disability-related topics.

The Ability Center

Who we are

The Ability Center is a non-profit organization that helps individuals with disabilities gain and maintain independence in everyday living, and encourages them to become active members of their communities. We offer a variety of programs, services, as well as promote understanding of disabilities. We serve 7 counties in northwestern Ohio, including Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Defiance, and Williams.

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Building communities

that support Everyone


Home modification projects completed by our Home Accessibility Program.


Individuals who received durable medical equipment through our Equipment Loan Program.


Phone calls answered by our Information and Referral staff for those who wanted information about disabilities-related topics.

(Statistic from 2016)

What’s Going On

Keep up to date with our events, news, and the latest blog posts

Upcoming Events

  • Dealin’ for Dogs

    Combat cabin fever by joining us for a night filled with live music and casino-style gambling at our annual Dealin’ for Dogs event. All proceeds from the event will benefit Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of The Ability Center.

    January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

  • CATR Meeting

    Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR) CATR's mission is to increase awareness of public transit opportunities & recruit involvement of communities to ensure transportation needs are met for all. When: February 6th, 2018 Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm Where: St. Vincent’s Hospital 2213 Cherry St.

    February 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Blog Posts

MLK Day 2018 - Harriet Ross Tubman

Born into slavery in 1820, Araminta “Minty” Ross, known to us as Harriet Ross Tubman, ...

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