The Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT) is a non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving northwest Ohio. With a main campus located in Sylvania, Ohio, and two satellite offices in Bryan and Port Clinton, Ohio, ACT serves seven counties: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood.
Our mission is to assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community. We accomplish this mission through our Strategic Plan by providing a variety of services, including Five Core Services: Information and Referral, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, Peer Support and Community Living.
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 Kickoff the Annual Campaign!
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, we need to reach out and raise support for our programs. The Ability Center is having a campaign to raise $90,000 to support our varied efforts. A successful campaign will enable the Center to:
- Train and graduate a larger number of dogs and recipients.
- Increase the number of individuals that who receive ramps and minor home modifications.
- Expand our Nursing Home Transition program.
- Help more people to learn valuable life skills.
- Engage people in community recreational activities.
If you are able to help, please download the Pledge Form, fill in the information and return it to The Ability Center at 5605 Monroe Street, Sylvania, OH 43560. Or contact Kelly Repka at (419) 885-5733. You can also make a gift to support The Ability Center and it’s programs by clicking on the PayPal button on the top right portion of the navigation sidebar.
Disability Awareness Training is a 3-hour hands-on training that encourages awareness and respect of all forms of disability. It’s also a fun way to learn how to work with and in diverse communities.
June 7, 2013 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
September 6, 2013 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Participants learn how to maneuver using various disability-related assistive devices, as well as recognize some of the obstacles people with disabilities face in the community.
“The Ability Center has taken what could be just another training session and made into something special. Our staff gained valuable insights as they bonded as a team… and actually had fun!”
–Dr. Anne Baker, Former Executive Director, The Toledo Zoo