As a service organization for people with disabilities, we understand our population is one
of the at-risk groups for contracting this virus. We remain committed to the community and all departments will be on hand to accept phone calls to assist our consumers. For assistance, please call 419.885.5733.
Whether you live with a disability or not, and no matter your age, what we are now all going through together is unprecedented in our lifetimes. Never have we, as a country and planet, been called to drop everything, to shutter our communities and homes – to separate from our friends, families and neighbors, our workplaces, churches and schools – to save ourselves and our fellow citizens from an invisible, spreading danger “out there.”
We’re aware of the projections. We’ve learned about the curve. We are listening to our leaders and their medical advisors, and we are adapting our lives as best we can to mitigate and minimize the final outcome. We, here at The Ability Center, are fully aware that people living with disabilities and people over 60 – a vast majority of the people we serve – are two overlapping populations deemed “at risk” from potential complications of COVID-19. Like many of you, most of us here are compromised in one way or another. We, too, feel your concern; your fear.
We understand for many whom we serve, the isolation we are all feeling these days by choice and by necessity is something they know all too well – maybe for a lifetime. At the same time, some we serve, who depend on attendant support – for help with independence – are unable to isolate, by necessity. Their risk of exposure is exponentially greater, especially if their Personal Care Attendant attends to others as well. It’s another “no win” situation for an already compromised population.
Add to these all of the other issues we are facing as a community: the
“aloneness” of social distancing and self-quarantining, travel, need for
food, health care, homeschooling, rent, bills … and folks are carrying pretty heavy loads.
Stay safe. Be well.
Director of Special Projects
On June 4, The Ability Center and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce teamed up to discuss the reopen fact sheet during a short informational webinar. Katherine Hunt Thomas, attorney-at-law and Sam Melden, director of strategic engagement for The Ability Center joined Jeff Schaaf, director of talent strategy for the Toledo Chamber, and walked attendees through ADA guidelines and the information provided in the fact sheet.
This session with Al Condeluci will take a deep-dive into understanding social isolation. Not only will we look at the research and data related to this concept, but we will explore strategies, and actions that can be employed in addressing loneliness by having social capital principles work for the people in your community.
Learn about convenient and easy-to-use telehealth services available by phone, computer, tablet, or another electronic device. This webinar will serve as a "How To" guide to access the service. Telehealth is growing in popularity among people with disabilities due to convenience, testing capabilities, and reliability.
Uncover routines and fresh ideas to create your Self-Care plan with Jen Wakefield with Lucas County Suicide Prevention & Jenn McCullough with Integration Yoga With Jenn.
We thank our area park system for sharing about inclusive programming and accessibility of parks. As we strive to become the most disability-friendly community in the country, we are proud of our region's park system and grateful to be a close partner in supporting people of all abilities to experience outdoor activities.
Tune in to a virtual HR Roundtable: Disability Awareness: How to Improve HR Practices for nearly 25% of our Population. Discussion lead by Ability Center employees.
Thank you to our panelists who did a great job sharing information and answering questions that matter to the disability community.
Hear Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) leader Kim Dunham share current TARTA services, processes in place to keep riders and drivers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the future direction of the organization.
As businesses and community organizations begin reopening, it is important to keep physical and programmatic spaces safe and socially distanced opportunities accessible for all. Consider us a resource for reopening guidelines. Contact us or download our fact sheet.
Youth and young adults with and without disabilities are needing connection like never before. Discover online-based resources along with tutorials designed for people to watch, engage, and experience together.
For people in wheelchairs who push with their hands, the floors of stores are more than likely contaminated by those coughing and sneezing. Rolling wheels on a contaminated floor leads to a high potential for transfering to wheels, hands, sleeves, vehicles and could eventually containment your home. When possible, ask a family member or friend to purchase groceries and leave them at your doorstep.
Homeschooling during a pandemic can be difficult - for parents trying to navigate homeschooling and access to special education services for their children, it's even more difficult. View this FAQ created by Disability Rights Ohio on school resources for students with disabilities.
The outbreak of COVID-19 prompted many employers to shift to a remote work model to limit the spread of the disease to employees and clients. Video conferences are the new platform to meet with co-workers or connect with outside agencies. While these applications keep us productive – consider accessibility for all employees when landing on an agency-wide system. View accessibility best practices for work from home platforms here.
If you have to go out in public – it is strongly suggested to wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth to prevent disabilities. Shown here is the Surgeon General showing easy steps to make a homemade mask.
You may see some people aren’t practicing social distancing at grocery stores, but some people do not have family or friends to shop for them. View strategies here for buying healthy food in the time of COVID-19.
It is important to clean cloth face masks regularly. By following these guidelines, you can continue to use your cloth mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
AAHD Executive Director Roberta Carlin explains the people with disabilities WHO are most at risk for severe complications from COVID-19.
AAHD Director of Public Health Programs Karl Cooper explains what social distancing is and what people with disabilities should do if their caregivers are unable to social distance.
In our latest COVID-19 video, AAHD's Anthony Oberg discusses the precautions that wheelchair users need to consider to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
In our latest COVID-19 video, AAHD’s Anthony Oberg discusses what wheelchair users need to do to keep their wheelchair clean to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Hear from our Executive Director Roberta Carlin about being a Self Advocate during COVID-19!
Ohioans can apply for unemployment online 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
at unemployment.ohio.gov. It also is possible to file by phone at (877) OHIO-JOB (1-877-644-6562) or TTY at (888) 642-8203, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m