The Ability Center Partners with Agility Angels

The Ability Center Partners with Agility Angels


The Ability Center's Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence Program (ADAI) has begun a partnership with Agility Angels, a local nonprofit that uses the sport of dog agility to help individuals diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder develop social skills, enhance their physical abilities, and gain self-confidence. The two organizations will use a new multifunction training facility on The Ability Center's campus. This new addition will provide much-needed space for shared programming opportunities. The new standalone building will be located behind the existing ADAI building and will provide convenient access to community assets and socialization opportunities for dogs in training.

The Ability Center is committed to promoting collaboration between nonprofits serving individuals with disabilities. This strategic partnership provides opportunity to expand its programs for youth with autism, increase peer mentoring across the programs, and further the use of the Sylvania campus for the greater good of the disability community.

ADAI looks forward to the opportunity to evaluate Agility Angels youth who are on the ADAI waiting list for a therapy dog. The agility training equipment will provide new exercise and socialization options for ADAI consumers and dogs. The training space includes accordion dividers providing maximum use of the space by both groups. ADAI will work with Agility Angels to identify permanent homes for dogs in training who do not meet certification standards.

As ADAI and Agility Angels work together to serve more consumers, space has become the barrier to success. The building will include multiple training spaces, allowing trainers and volunteers to work simultaneously without distractions. It will have dedicated storage space for supplies utilized by the programs. Dedicated professional office space will greet consumers, community partners, donors, students, and volunteers. The educational classroom will improve the consumer learning experience and retention of material.