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Petals for a Purpose

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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 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 2017)

What’s Going On

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

Upcoming Events

  • ADAI Graduation – Spring 2018

    Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI) is a program of The Ability Center that helps individuals with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs. ADAI graduation marks the end of the two year professional training period for the assistance dog and the beginning of a lifetime partnership with their forever partner. We recognize volunteers, furloughs, trainers, staff, and donors who each have a significant role in the success of the dog and the impact of the companionship and support. Graduation events are open to the public and a wonderful experience you won't forget.

    May 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 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: Monday, May 7th, 2018 Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pp.

    May 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Petals for a Purpose

    Petals for a Purpose benefits The Ability Center’s Next Steps Summer Program, a five-week independent living and employment program at the University of Toledo. Students are employed at professional jobs and work on independent living skills such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, and laundry while living on campus.

    May 11 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Noah's Gift

The Ability Center was honored to receive a check from Noah Martinez, former Ability ...

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to create communities where everyone can live, work, and socialize independently