Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have listed many of the questions asked of us most often.
The Ability Center receives its basic charter and funding from the United Sates Department of Education via the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Additional funding comes from United Way of Greater Toledo, the Auxiliary to The Ability Center, various local, county and state grants, donations, fees and an endowment fund.
Our Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program is the only program that requires a consumer fee.
You can contact The Ability Center office by phone at 419-885-5733, live chat function on our website, mail or stop in at 5605 Monroe St. Sylvania, OH 43560
Any individual requesting assistance must complete an intake before accessing services. Grant requirements determine eligibility for some programs.
A disability is a physical, intellectual, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life functions.
The Ability Center provides a variety of vital services to help people with disabilities understand their rights. The Ability Center also works to provide independent living skills needed to live, work, and socialize in the community.
The Ability Center serves people with disabilities and their families living in the Northwest Ohio counties of Lucas, Ottawa, Wood, Fulton, Henry, Defiance or Williams.
The Ability Center’s Mission is to assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community.
As an Independent Living Center, we are one of a network of nearly 550 Independent Living Centers across the country. In accordance with our by-laws, we are consumer focused. At least 51% of our staff and Board of Trustees must be people living with disabilities. This can include family members of people living with disabilities. This affords us the benefit of assisting the community from a perspective built upon wisdom and experience.