Misconceptions of an ADAI Foster

As we round out Foster Care Month, we asked one of our Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Fosters to share about her experience and clarify some of the misconceptions about what it takes to become an ADAI foster. Tammy Conlan shares how this role has not only changed her life, but also the lives of those with disabilities.

Future Care Planning 101

Whether you are living with a loved one with a disability or providing long-term care for another individual, you may be looking for answers on how to capture the needs and desires of the person to ensure their future is happy, healthy, and thriving.

Action Alert: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor the Disability Integration Act!

Article via National Council on Independent Living

Over the long recess, the Disability Integration Act (DIA) picked up some additional sponsors, and we want to keepup the momentum! The DIA is an important piece of legislation that addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are forced into institutions, losing their basic freedom and civil rights.

How To: File a claim against a business for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What You Need to Know:

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities act protects people with disabilities from discrimination by “places of public accommodation”, like the following places:

Hotels
Restaurants
Movie theaters
Convention halls
Grocery stores
Laundromats
Train stations
Museums
Parks
Schools
Day cares
Gyms

This means that many private businesses must refrain from discriminating against people with disabilities.

Community Partner – Glass City Furniture

Community Partner – Glass City Furniture

Making a House a Home

Here at The Ability Center our mission is simple, to help those with disabilities achieve greater independence. When we find local businesses, who share our same beliefs, we jump at the chance to work with them.

Chris Simons from Glass City Furniture has been a true partner in delivering quality furniture pieces to our Nursing Home Transition consumers for many years.

Summer fun – for everyone!

Summertime is a time to celebrate a break from school, warm weather, and memories with friends. At times, young adults and children with disabilities feel disconnected to their peers because of the lack of inclusion based summer activities. Here is where The Ability Center comes in.

Text Amendment makes Toledo homes more accessible

After a year of collaboration between The Ability Center and the Toledo City Plan Commission, Toledo’s City Council unanimously passed a Text Amendment to the Toledo City zoning code. The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program has encountered people who need a ramp or lift to leave their home, for example, to get to work, school, or medical appointments.

People can now enroll in ABLE accounts in Ohio

ABLE accounts are investment accounts that will not affect eligibility for SSD/ SSI or Medicaid. People who have become blind or disabled before their 26 birthday are eligible for the accounts. Participants can contribute up to $14,000.00 a year to the account with an overall ceiling of $400,000.00. Any amount over $100,000.00 will be counted as an asset for SSI/SSD benefit calculations but will not suspend eligibility for those programs.