How you can help
Within the heart of each community, everyone belongs. Help us help the members of communities of northwest Ohio strive for and reach their fullest potential. You can give, volunteer, or help in many other ways to make a difference and contribute to disability awareness.
Other Ways You Can Help
1. Help Build Inclusive Communities
If your organization wants to become more skilled in how it works with people with disabilities, please visit the Disability Awareness Training page.
2. Support our Community Partners
Community Partners are organizations that share in the work of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo to make our community one that everyone can live, work and play in with freedom. Please join the Center in supporting these great companies!
3. Help Support Medicaid Expansion in Ohio
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)