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Community Organizing

Community Organizing at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo

The Ability Center systems advocacy team works with other people with disabilities on a grassroots level to make our voices heard. The Ability Center engages in state and local councils of people with disabilities including the Ohio Olmstead Task Force, Community Advocates for Transportation Rights, and the Home Choice Community Advisory Council.

The Ohio Olmstead Task Force is a grassroots coalition of people with disabilities of all ages, family members and organizations advocating together for the right to live, work and participate in their communities. While it meets in Columbus, the Task Force is comprised of representatives from all over the state. The Ohio Olmstead Task Force speaks with state level officers, offers comments, and organizes testimony on behalf of people with disabilities for policy issues that affect them.

Community Advocates for Transportation Rights (CATR) is a small group of concerned individuals with disabilities working to ensure access to transportation in Toledo and the surrounding communities. CATR is a Toledo-based group that welcomes the participation of anyone interested in advocating to strengthen our transportation network in northwest Ohio.

If you are interested in being part of CATR (Community Advocates for Transportation Rights) or would like to learn more about the other grassroots work that the Ability Center participates in, contact Tiffany Tierney

HOME Choice assists older adults and people with disabilities to move from long-term care facilities to home and community-based settings. The Ability Center participates in the advisory council for the program.

If you would like to be part of our advocacy listserv and receive disability policy updates and alerts, contact Katie Hunt Thomas