CALL TO ACTION
The Ability Center is assisting one of its community partners as it seeks information to benefit all of Toledo’s citizens, including those living with disabilities. Please take a moment to help the City of Toledo’s Department of Neighborhoods as it invites the community to complete a survey and assist in identifying needs that could be addressed with federal dollars. Please click the button to participate. Thank you.
It was a busy first half for the Center and its consumers. Give the newsletter a read to catch up on past happenings and upcoming events. Learn about our programs and help us celebrate some of our successes as we highlight this Spring’s ADAI Graduates. We also share the names of our donors who supported us between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
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The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is a non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving northwest Ohio. The Center is located in Sylvania, Ohio, and has two satellite offices in Bryan and Port Clinton, Ohio. The Ability Center serves the seven counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood.
The mission of the Center is to assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community. The Ability Center provides a variety of services, including Information and Referral, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support and Community Living to achieve this mission.
This Year’s Accomplishments
The Ability Center works diligently to meet the needs of the individuals and communities within our services area. Each year, we touch thousands of lives. For an overview of our accomplishments this past Fiscal Year, please take a moment to review our 2013-AnnualReport.
In keeping with the Center’s goal of creating communities that are accessible and inviting for everyone, the Strategic Plan of 2014 highlights agency and department goals geared towards moving the Center forward into the next phase of its history.
UT Senior Design Students looking for Disability-Related Projects
For over ten years, The Ability Center has been collaborating with the University of Toledo and its Senior Design program to help area citizens with disabilities solve independent living problems through technology and innovation. These are typically projects that develop products unique to the needs of an individual, perhaps creating something that does not currently exist in the marketplace, like a dog treat dispenser for someone with limited use of the hands, or a device for lifting a walker into a car trunk.
If you think you have a need or an idea that could benefit from the talented young minds at UT, please contact Angie Hiser here at ACT. 419-885-5733 or email@example.com. Project ideas must be submitted by December 1.
In June 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision on the Affordable Care Act giving states the option to expand Medicaid eligibility for nearly all residents with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
In February 2013, Gov. John Kasich included an expansion of Medicaid in his proposed biennium budget. This is one of the most hotly debated issues in the Governor’s proposed budget. If passed, it will benefit thousands of people, including people with disabilities and their poorly paid providers.
The Ability Center, along with a coalition of advocacy and health care agencies, supports the Expansion. If you or someone you know would benefit from the Expansion, we strongly encourage you to read the Advertorial, which appeared in the Toledo Blade, and the talking points, both linked below. Then, please contact your State Representative and Senator and ask them to support the Expansion. (Note: it is not your U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator you should contact but rather your Ohio Representative and Senator). If you need assistance in identifying these individuals, please contact Sue Hetrick, Director of Public Policy here at The Ability Center.
Of course, meeting with your legislator or sending a personal note is the most effective, but if you feel more comfortable with making a call you need only tell the person answering the phone that you support Medicaid Expansion.
Northwest Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition Brief (pdf)
Northwest Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition Talking Points (pdf)
Please Help Us Make the Annual Campaign Successful!
For over 90 years, The Ability Center has been evolving to support people with disabilities, helping them to live active, successful, independent lives.
For the Center to continue to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our communities, it needs to reach out and raise funds to support its programs. The Ability Center’s Annual Campaign is working to raise $90,000 in support. A successful campaign will enable the Center to:
- Train and graduate a larger number of assistance dogs and their recipients.
- Increase the number of individuals who receive ramps to make their homes accessible.
- Expand our Nursing Home Transition program that permits individuals with disabilities to return to community living.
- Help more people to learn valuable life skills.
- Engage people with disabilities in community recreation activities.
If you can help, there are several ways you can provide support:
- Click on the PayPal button at the top of the right sidebar
- Use the Pledge Form
- Contact The Ability Center at (419) 885-5733 and speak with her directly regarding your donation