Youth and Transition Services

We’ve returned to in-person programming with virtual options available.

  • Young adults with disabilities participate in interactive Life Skills classes developing skills for independent living, employment, or community-based living.
  • Free classes support goals developed on a customized plan.
  • Youth engaged in activities aligned with their interests and skills, including recreation, employment, advocacy, and transition.

Click here to schedule an intake.


Hire Expectations

This program is a free supplemental support initiative for high school teachers to provide authentic employment experiences in and outside the classroom.


Next Steps Summer Program

The Next Steps Summer Program is a unique experience designed to prepare youth for high school and beyond. Students stay on the campus of The University of Toledo and are also paired with job sites in the community.



Employment-focused Life Skills classes touch on various job readiness skills. One-on-one assistance with skill development, resume building, interview preparation, and getting connected to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). Our Next Steps Summer Program provides a unique employment and independent living experience



Leadership curriculum is offered to enhance core qualities of a leader. The Ability Center is a proud host of OOD’s Regional Youth Leadership Forum.



Resources and training appropriate for transition aged youth. One-on-one assistance with exploring post-secondary options, IEP/Transition Plan guidance, and future planning.


Independent Living/Life Skills

Independent living skills training including cooking and nutrition, financial management, sex education and more. Hands-on mentorship to secure transportation and housing options, budgeting, time-management, and activities of daily living.


Rural Opportunities

Located in Bryan, our office serves the four-county area of Defiance, Williams, Henry, and Fulton county. Programs and services are available including Youth Transition Services, Life Skills classes, Information & Referral services and. Assistive Technology/Medical Equipment drop off.

1425 East High Street Suite 108 Bryan, OH 43506


Independent Living Plans (ILPs)

ILP’s are a guide to determine a consumer’s goals in the following areas: recreation, post-secondary or future planning, employment or self-advocacy, independent living, and family support, and how The Ability Center will assist in those goals. Consumers and/or parents meet with a staff member to complete the plan and develop appropriate goals.


Rec Club

Our Rec Club provides an opportunity for peers to connect and build social skills in a comfortable environment. Participants attend monthly community events including bowling, movies, Cedar Point trip, festivals, and local sporting events. You must be a participant in Life Skills to join Rec Club.


Girl Scouts
of Western Ohio

Engage your troop in learning about disabilities. This program is designed for grades K-12. Gain access to the Disability Awareness Patch by requesting more information below.

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Disability Awareness Patch