ACT Celebrates 800 Transitions

In early 2000, shortly after the Supreme Court’s “Olmstead” decision, The Ability Center (ACT), utilizing its own resources, established the first Community Living Program in the State of Ohio. The Ability Center’s vision was to empower individuals residing in institutional settings with the choice of where they live and how they receive care in their own community.

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.

Noah’s Gift – Life Skills

The Ability Center was honored to receive a check from Noah Martinez, former Ability Center consumer. The gift of $1,000 was raised by Noah to donate in memory of late Ability Center staff member, Dennis Mussery. Dennis and Noah began working on independent living skills in November 2012. Building on employment capabilities and gaining valuable experience, Noah soon landed his first job after connecting with Dennis.

Misconceptions of an ADAI Foster

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.

HOW TO: File a claim against a business for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities act protects people with disabilities from discrimination by places of public accommodation, like the following places:

Hotels
Restaurants
Movie theaters
Convention halls
Grocery stores
Laundromats
Train stations
Museums
Parks
Schools
Day cares
Gyms

This means that many private businesses must refrain from discriminating against people with disabilities.