A joint lawsuit filed by The Fair Housing Center, The Ability Center, and Brooklynn Park resident Jenny Tillman alleges that Brooklynn Park Villas, a 55+ housing community in Toledo, Ohio, was falsely marketed as accessible but exhibits glaring violations of The Fair Housing Act.
The Fair Housing Center and The Ability Center Accuses Moline Builders and JLJ Development of Blatant Design and Construction Violations
Centers for Independent Living Work with Partners to Pass New Legislation that Opens the Market for Accessible Cabs in Ohio
The Center for Independent Living Options, Ohio Association of Centers for Independent Living, and the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities worked diligently with Representatives Bill Seitz and Catherine Ingram and Senators Frank LaRose and Charleta Tavares to pass legislation that opens the market for accessible cabs, including Uber and Lyft, in Ohio.
After a successful Star Wars themed jersey auction with the Toledo Walleye, A-Gas Americas, located in Bowling Green, donated $5,000 to support our Next Steps Summer Program. Our organization could not be more thankful for this partnership and support of our mission.
“The Rights of People with Disabilities in Inclusive Neighborhoods”
The Ability Center’s Advocacy Program recently published a booklet entitled, “The Rights of People with Disabilities in Inclusive Neighborhoods” with the sponsorship of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and Ohio Department of Medicaid.
As we round out Foster Care Month, we asked one of our Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence fosters to share about her experience and clarify some of the misconceptions about what it takes to become an ADAI foster. Tammy Conlan shares how this role has not only changed her life, but also the lives of those with disabilities.
Congratulations to Toledo City Council for adopting an update to the City of Toledo ADA Transition Plan for the first time in 22 years. The plan was the result of a full year review of Toledo’s programs, services, activities, and facilities to ensure ADA compliance.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities act protects people with disabilities from discrimination by places of public accommodation, like the following places:
This means that many private businesses must refrain from discriminating against people with disabilities.
After a year of collaboration between The Ability Center and the Toledo City Plan Commission, Toledo’s City Council unanimously passed a Text Amendment to the Toledo City zoning code. The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program has encountered people who need a ramp or lift to leave their home, for example, to get to work, school, or medical appointments.
What is Community Inclusion?
Inclusion is the act of welcoming and engaging people in all community activities. It involves: Recognizing and assuring every citizen’s right to access. Providing inclusive programming with adaptations and accommodations that allow individuals to participate and benefit from services.