Home Accessibility


Harleigh Poorman

The Ability Center (ACT) believes that consumer choice leads to a path of independence. That principle is supported through all of our programming, including our Home Accessibility Program. Our program builds home modifications including ramps, stairlifts, and grab bars for those living with physical disabilities to live safer in their homes.



Ken and Lisa

Ken and Lisa are well aware of the importance of giving back to the community. The pair have spent their life serving families affected by cancer through a free pantry called Nightingales Harvest. The mission of the organization is to lessen the financial burden of cancer patients and their families, by providing nutritious foods, cleaning products, and education on infection control. Lisa shares, "Giving and service is why we are here."




Gabby is on the go Getting ready for school each morning for any mother is stressful, but imagine having to brave cold, rainy, or snowy conditions with one hand gripping a backpack and one holding your daughter while transporting her to a wheelchair housed in a shed due to lack of accessibility in the home.This was a reality for Gabby Valdez and her mother, Christina. Racing to get her daughter secured in her chair before the school bus left her was an added barrier Christina faced.




Life as Richard knew it has changed forever. Before being connected to The Ability Center (ACT), Richard had no direct access to his home because of steps at
every entrance.

Now, he is able to maneuver in and out of his home on his own thanks to an
aluminum ramp.




Mark was born and raised in Bronson, Michigan but has called Bryan, Ohio home for the past six years.

It was the summer of 2016 when Mark suffered an injury due to a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed. He wasn’t familiar with Ability Center programming but soon discovered all that our organization has to offer those with all types of disabilities.



Don Schaldach

With one simple phrase, an instant bond was sparked. Don and his wife, Fran, have called the waterfront town of Port Clinton, OH, home for the past 20 years. First discovering The Ability Center (ACT) services through their family doctor, the pair sought handrails to keep them safe entering and exiting their home. After learning they were over income for ACT’s grant requirements, they moved to plan B. Don and Fran hired a private contractor to assemble stairs on their home but soon learned it wasn’t a perfect solution.



Harry Reichow

Before receiving assistance from The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program, the Reichows found getting out of their home taxing and dangerous to their health. Because of the Johnson’s desire to help local veterans, this is no longer the case. An AlumiRamp was built on the couple’s trailer, making each step, a step toward independence. Having a ramp will keep Harry and his wife, Diane, active and engaged in their community. Diane volunteers at rummage sales at their church, Little Flower, while Harry is involved with veterans’ groups such as Veterans of Foreign Wars and Argon Post. Participation in the annual Memorial Day service is a yearly staple in the couple’s calendar.



Richard Pilgrim

When Richard Pilgrim became connected to The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program, our staff was able to do what we do best: make people’s homes safer. Richard’s house has been in his family since his parents purchased it in 1958. Progressive arthritis and a bout with prostate cancer left Richard looking for assistance with mobility around the house. “I can only stand for a short period of time. Big steps are my worst enemy,” Richard confesses. His nurse at Mercy Health suggested researching local resources to help and soon discovered the wide array of services ACT provides. While his application was determined ineligible, the Johnsons stepped in to cover the cost. The ramp has changed Richard’s life in more ways than one.