Summer Youth Programs

Program details submit to change due to COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage those
interested in sign up for more information.

Summer Programming Information Night (Professionals)
January 6, 2021
5:00 p.m.
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Youth Leadership Forum (Parents)

January 11, 2021

5:00 p.m.
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Next Steps Summer Program


Our summer initiative prepares high school students with disabilities for the next phase of life.

Participants are paired with local job sites to master employability skills through paid work opportunities.

Students reside in a college dorm throughout the six- week program and gain valuable independent living skills including cooking, laundry, and time management.


  • Build an impressive resume and sharpen interview skills
  • Learn to perform in a professional work environment
  • Manage everyday tasks independently

Youth Leadership Forum


Four-day training program includes meeting with government officials, tour of the Toledo City Council Chambers, and innovative programs with community leaders with disabilities. Twenty high school juniors and seniors with disabilities will be selected to attend.

There is no fee to the program.

Student applicants must mail, email, fax, or drop off the completed application packet no later than June 1st, 2020. Please include an email contact if you have one. Applicants will receive an email confirming that their application materials were received.

Semi-finalists will be selected and contacted by telephone to arrange a personal interview. The interviews will be conducted by a selection committee. Interviews will take place in June 2020 at The Ability Center or online.

All applicants will be notified by letter whether they are selected to attend the forum. Letters will be mailed by July 1st, 2020.

After being selected, students will be asked to fill out a confirmation form and provide additional information in order to attend the forum.

All appropriate expenses will be paid by the Youth Leadership Forum, including such expenses as food, interpreters for students with hearing impairments, and personal care attendants for Form - students with physical disabilities.

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