MLK Day 2018 – Harriet Ross Tubman

Born into slavery in 1820, Araminta “Minty” Ross, known to us as Harriet Ross Tubman, began to be “hired out” at the early age of five. Often beaten for being “headstrong,” at 13, while trying to protect a fellow farm worker, she was hit in the head by a metal weight thrown by an overseer. The severity of the injury would cause her to have seizures and headaches for the rest of her life. The injury would also cause her to have premonitions and vivid dreams. She would refer to these as “God communicating with her.”

A Bond Between Veterans Never Ends

Local U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, Paul Johnson, a double Purple Heart recipient, has a caring heart for other veterans. Along with his wife, Stephany, the Johnsons are helping three local veterans with disabilities become more independent by funding three separate ramp projects through The Ability Center’s (ACT) Home Accessibility Program.

Path to Empowerment Grant

Path to Empowerment
Grant funded by the National Council on Independent Living
Support from the ones who see disability differently

Outreach to rehabilitation facilities connecting individuals with independent living resources has always been a high priority of The Ability Center (ACT). Through The Ability Center’s Path to Empowerment grant, funded by the National Council on Independent Living, we are improving quality of life for countless people in our community who have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI).


ACT as an agency has a deep understanding on how to execute a smoother, quicker, and more manageable transition from rehab to independent living.

ACT Year in Review 2016

Before the calendar flips to 2017, The Ability Center (ACT) wanted to share what we’ve accomplished in this past year. New initiatives, improved programing, and successful fundraising events were just a few of the highlights of 2016.

The Allie Project:

This year, Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI), a program of The Ability Center in partnership with O-I Charities and The Scaife Family Foundation, launched a website to be used as a tool for our school therapy program.

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.