What advice would you give to others considering participating in the program?
Biggest misconception about disability?
I think that people think I can’t do jobs like this, but I also think they’re wrong.
This summer, we are excited to offer an interactive program with employability training, life skills training, and recreation. In lieu of our traditional Next Steps Summer Program we are offering the following services:
Participants will be matched with a professional who works or is well-versed in an industry that is of interest to the individual. All mentors will have participated in a training with ACT prior to the mentorship beginning. ACT staff will help facilitate an initial meeting with the individual and their mentor; after which the initiation, frequency, and format of communication will be up to the participant and mentor. Mentorships may include any of the following: informational interviews, job shadows, site visits, and/or topical discussions based on work-readiness curriculums.
Hands-on IL workshops will be held once weekly in the late afternoon/evenings and focus on a different topic each week. Topics may include: budgeting, personal care, personal safety, cooking + nutrition, emotional health, laundry + housekeeping. Events may be held at ACT or in the community. Recreation and leisure activities will be planned based on participant interest with the intent of exploring new activities in the Toledo area and having fun with peers. Outing examples include: Toledo Metroparks, Mud Hens, bowling, Toledo Museum of Art, arcades, etc.
Those interested and able to participate in both the career mentorship and the IL/rec sessions may choose this option. Participants will be expected to make an attendance commitment to attend all six weeks of programming.
This program is designed for juniors and seniors in high school or, recent graduates. Participants may choose the option that works best for them based on schedules and other summer activities. We do ask that participants commit to attending all six weeks of programming. Applications can be found here. Applicants will be contacted by a member of the Youth & Transition Services staff to discuss programming in more detail and to complete all necessary information. Please contact Lisa Broseke, Youth Services Manager/Employment Coordinator at (419) 885-5733 x145 or with questions.
Partnering with The Ability Center in their Next Steps Summer Program was a wonderful opportunity to work with and extremely intelligent and motivated young professional. I believe my staff and I were able to learn just as much working with Chris as he was able to learn from us.
We loved working with Jordan grace here at the Manor house. The experience with the job coach and Ability Center staff was very smooth and professional. We would definitely work with the Ability Center again on this program.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with grace and her coach, Leah. Grace always came in with a positive attitude and ready to work. Leah was very professional and showed excellent teaching skills to Grace.