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.
The Ability Center’s Home Accessibility Program was honored to connect donors, Paul and Stephany Johnson, to three deserving veterans, changing their lives forever.
When asked why they choose to help veterans through our programs, the Johnsons state, “The more you give, the more you get.
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.
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.
Whether you are living with a loved one with a disability or providing long-term care for another individual, you may be looking for answers on how to capture the needs and desires of the person to ensure their future is happy, healthy, and thriving.
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.