Programs & Services
This is an overview of the programs and services The Ability Center of Greater Toledo provides to people with disabilities living in the seven-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood.
Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence
Assistance Dogs for Independence helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs. Assistance Dogs has helped transform the lives of over 250 individuals and their communities.
The purpose of Community Connections is to create and support community options for people living with disabilities. The Center does this by assisting individuals in developing goals, identifying dreams, and defining their vision for their life. The Center also assists individuals in achieving their personal goals by making appropriate connections within the community and providing necessary information, resources, accommodations, and support.
Customer Services and Information/Referral
This core service provides access to a wide spectrum of information on disability-related issues, everything from where to get a disability placard for a car to future planning for yourself or a relative. It also provides links to community resources that assist individuals to live independently. In addition, staff oversees a disability-related equipment loan and gift closet that permits individuals with disabilities to access durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and bath benches.
Housing Resource Center
The Housing Resource Center (HRC) houses several interconnected programs: Public Policy, Nursing Home Transition, Home Modifications, Accessible Housing Advocacy and Long Term Care Advocacy. By combining these programs under one umbrella, HRC can provide realistic opportunities for successful independence that addresses the many aspects of housing and disability.
Outreach and Education
The Outreach and Education department works to educate individuals with disabilities and the community on the benefits of independent living. Staff members achieve this through providing resources and personnel for area information fairs and other special events, including disability awareness trainings.
Options for Tomorrow
Options for Tomorrow is a care plan that helps families avoid having to react in a crisis by planning early and making informed decisions amongst themselves with the assistance of a program coordinator. The goal of Options for Tomorrow is to facilitate the development of future care plans for adults with disabilities by providing resources and services that empower families and care partners.
The Ability Center @HOME
As a partnering organization of the Ability Center, @HOME provides reliable non-medical home health services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. With services from @HOME, consumers are able attend work and school, socialize within the community, and keep their medical and personal appointments. @HOME’s personal assistants will also help with personal care needs, meals, light housekeeping, and provide caring companionship.