Community Organizing at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo
The Ability Center Advocacy Program team works with people with disabilities on grassroots level to influence social change. The Ability Center engages with other disability groups to improve public policy.
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.
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
Besides having the goal of building an inclusive team, what I hope to leave behind during my time with the Toledo Crash is to change the societal perspective of what it means to be a disabled athlete.
a quarterback of our indoor football team
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