Partnering to build communities that work for everyone.

ADA Zoo Day

July 23, 2018


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

  • ADA Zoo Day

    ADA Zoo Day - Disability-Focused Vendor Fair Monday, July 23, 2018 Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609 Vendor Fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. *Please note the event will take place rain or shine! ADA Zoo Day is a community event for all to celebrate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) along with over 60 local disability-focused vendors.

    July 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

  • Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

    Registration is now open for the 2018 Candidate Forum on Disability Issues The Ohio Candidate Forum on Disability Issues will provide a format for the candidates for Ohio Governor and U.S. Senate to inform the disability community about their positions on disability-related issues/policy.

    July 26 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

  • ADAI Graduation – Summer 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 companion. We recognize volunteers, trainers, staff, sponsors, 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.

    August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Blog Posts

ACT Celebrates 800 Transitions

In early 2000, shortly after the Supreme Court’s “Olmstead” decision, The Ability Center ...

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