Our programs are designed to help individuals with disabilities gain their independence
and engage with their communities.
The Ability Center is a non-profit Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving northwest Ohio. As a CIL, we provide six core services that including advocacy, information and referral, independent living skills, peer support and mentoring, transition, and diversion to support those in our community thrive independently.
51% of staff and Board of Directors must be individuals living with disabilities.
The Ability Center serves northwest Ohioans living with disabilities through a number of programs developed to support independent living. Our programs are often funded by grants and/or philanthropic donations with very specific eligibility guidelines. Therefore, your eligibility is often dependent upon meeting the guidelines set forth by our funders. Where you reside, your disability, income, age, living arrangement, etc., are all demographics used by funders to establish eligibility.
One of the first ramps I built for this program was for a gentleman named Earl, and just as I was finishing up, he came rolling down the ramp with a smile on his face and a tear in the corner of his eyes. He looked at me, shook my hand and said, “Thank you, friend. This is the first time in four years I have been able to get out of my house by myself.
One of our Home Accessibility volunteer
It’s difficult to explain exactly all the ways my first service dog Cody impacted myself and my family’s lives. Cody and I become partners in the spring class in 2007 and he was with me through both difficult and amazing times. With him, I became much more independent at home and in public. My stress and anxiety greatly decreased and I became more social.
Susan talked about her assistance dog