Advocacy Alert: H.R. 620

Published: April 4, 2018


March 29, 2018
Contact: Sean Savett,
Duckworth & Senate Democrats Vow to Defeat House GOP-Led Effort to Curtail Civil Rights of Americans with Disabilities
 Illinois Senator leading coalition of 43 Senators to oppose any Senate effort to pass discriminatory House-passed bill that would gut enforcement of the bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 42 of her colleagues wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today pledging to block a House Republican-led effort to curtail the civil rights of Americans living with disabilities.

Advocacy Alert: EMPOWER Care Act

Advocacy Alert:
Contact Senator Portman and Senator Brown to ask that they include the EMPOWER Care Act as part of the vote on the omnibus bill on March 23, 2018.
The EMPOWER Care Act would re-authorize funding for Money Follows the Person (MFP), a program that transitions people with disabilities out of nursing homes into the community.

Toledo Community Foundation’s Stranahan Supporting Organization Awards Grant To The Ability Center

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The Ability Center


Toledo Community Foundation’s Stranahan

Supporting Organization Awards Grant to The Ability Center

SYLVANIA, OHIO, December 11, 2017 -The Board of Trustees of the Stranahan Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation approved a grant to The Ability Center in the amount of $20,000. These funds were used to support one assistance dog sponsorship through The Ability Center’s Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program (ADAI). Costs covered include veterinary bills, training, food, and equipment expenses.

Ohio’s Operating Budget Update

Ohio’s Operating Budget has been taken up by the Ohio Senate for review. This page focuses on key issues relating to changes in the Medicaid budget.

The Ohio General Assembly passed its final two-year budget last week. At the end of last week, Governor Kasich used his veto to eliminate three budget provisions that would harm Medicaid in Ohio.

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.

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.