We continue to deploy consumer-driven programming, all designed to enhance independence. Building on core services, we serve as a consultant for community organizations to align their programs with best practices and opportunities for growth. We plan to expand youth programs to include children with disabilities under 13 years old.
The Ability Center aims to implement a detailed vision across 7 opportunity areas for a disability-friendly community. Working collaboratively with new and seasoned partners will produce transformational solutions in our region and beyond. A nationwide disability-friendly measuring tool will be developed and utilized to determine success.
Education around disability is deep-rooted in our history and mission. We will foster relationships with educational institutions by providing curriculum and programming support and access to a disability-friendly toolkit and database. A disability-friendly model will be presented at academic and disability conferences both regionally and nationally.
When we work with our partners, we are laser focused on creating and implementing transformational solutions designed to eliminate barriers across 7 key areas – a plan resulting in:
A disability-friendly community is one that values and welcomes the potential and participation of each of its citizens and visitors – including those who live differently. It is a community of people living independently.
Our movement to become the most disability-friendly community in the country starts with each one of us changing our perspective and becoming a more welcoming community for all.
We strive to be a city that collaborates with regional partners to stress the importance of accessibility and the impact it has on its citizens. A city that pushes boundaries in inclusive technology and considers accessibility in the planning stage of every capital improvement project.
The Ability Center, Goodwill Industries, Lott Industries, and the Epilepsy Center have come together in a partnership to support a job exploration and employment project that would actively promote individuals with disabilities as employment candidates to Toledo Rotary membership. Together these four organizations would prioritize clients for work in the community and streamline communications by selecting one person representing all four organizations to coordinate the supports and resources needed for a successful placement.
The University of Toledo launched a first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in disability studies that expands the understanding of disability in practical application. They have introduced a Disability Studies Certificate Program now enrolling students in the field of policy, education, advocacy, compliance, medical and allied health, engineering and design, humanities and social sciences.