The various funding sources have different age, income and residency requirements. Depending upon funding availability, we can assist individuals who cannot afford to pay for a ramp or other minor home accessibility modification. For an application, please download one below, or contact The Ability Center’s Customer Service Department at (419) 885.5733 or Toll-Free at (866) 885.5733.
Completing a ramp is a great team building exercise for any corporation or organization. Although sponsorship levels are available, they are not required to participate in a ramp build. We appreciate any volunteers, monetary or material donations given to help us, help our community.
How Does It Work?
After application completion and income verification, an Ability Center staff member or approved contractor will make a home visit to determine feasibility. Upon approval of the requested project, the Lead Carpenter will design a ramp, or other project that meets the appropriate building codes and individual needs.
The homeowner and the local building inspection department must also approve the project design before construction can begin. For individuals who meet income guidelines established by our state and local funding sources, The Ability Center provides all materials and labor at no charge.
Looking For Accessible Housing?
Our Accessible Housing Advocacy Page – there are links to accessible housing search sites near the bottom of this page.
Funding And Program Partners
The Ability Center currently receives funding and support for this program from the following:
Auxiliary to The Ability Center
ProMedica – Air and Mobile Unit
United Way of Greater Toledo Day of Caring
Catholic Heart Work Camp
Occupational Therapy Department – University of Toledo
Legal Aid of Western Ohio
Toledo Women’s Bar Association
Toledo Boxing Club
Directions Credit Union Ability Loan Program
Working in partnership with The Ability Center, the Directions Credit Union developed the Ability Loan Program, which allows persons living with disabilities to obtain loans at lower-than-market rates and at longer terms for home accessibility projects, assistive technology, modified vehicles and other adapted equipment. For more information on this program, please visit Directions Credit Union or call (888) 508-2228.
What People Are Saying About the Program
“Everyone I dealt with on this project was very personable and professional – which I appreciate. With my disabilities, the ramp affords me much more freedom and ease of mobility getting to my van. Without it, my activities would be much more limited and I would be literally house-bound.” – Robert W. Neeley
Making Residential Housing Accessible
For many households, finding decent, affordable housing that also supports their activities is extremely difficult. A family living in a typical home often faces expensive modifications they cannot afford such as adding ramps, widening doorways, or creating usable bathrooms. Universal Design incorporates many accessibility code requirements and stresses innovative solutions to facilitate daily living and independence, especially for people who have, are, or will be experiencing changes in their mobility and/or sight and hearing. When housing can be safer and more usable by current and future residents allowing them to “age in place”, countless dollars in costly nursing home and Medicaid expenses can be saved. Close family and community relations can be maintained, contributing to an individual’s sense of place and helping to maintain community cohesiveness, neighborhood permanence, as well as individual mental and physical health. Residential Rehabilitation, Remodeling and Universal Design (PDF) introduces key universal features to include when modifying or rehabilitating a single or multifamily dwelling.
Home Modifications for Disability – Independent Living: Resources and Funding Strategies for Making Homes Accessible