The Ability Center of Greater Toledo was recently honored in Milwaukee by the Midwest Archival Conference (MAC) for their efforts with archiving and preserving the history of disability in Toledo and northwest Ohio.
The Midwest Archives Conference honored the Center with their MAC Presidents’ Award, an award established in 1986 as a means for MAC to recognize significant contributions to the archival profession by individuals, institutions, and organizations not directly involved in archival work but knowledgeable about its purpose and value. Recipients are chosen by a committee comprising the three most recent past presidents of MAC from nominations submitted by committees in each of the 13 states in the MAC region.
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo has been instrumental in the development of the disability archives collection at the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, University of Toledo. In 2001, the Ability Center helped UT create and develop a new academic program in Disability Studies. As part of that new program, the Ability Center began work to help the Ward M. Canaday Center collect historical records documenting disability in northwest Ohio including the Ability Center, the Assistance Dogs of America, the Sight Center of Toledo, the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center, and the photographs of nationally-recognized photographer of the disability rights movement, Tom Olin, among others.
MAC is one of the nation’s largest regional professional associations for archivists, with more than 800 individual members, and serves 13 heartland states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.