Kellyann Navarre lives in Monroe, Michigan and attends the University of Toledo. Majoring in Psychology, she is also pursuing a minor in Disability Studies. Kellyann lives with an information processing disorder, hearing loss, and other psychiatric disabilities. These challenges affect her ability to retain information while studying but does not limit her academic and professional goals.
She credits her experience with disability for further igniting her passion for inclusion and accessibility. Her area of study offers Kellyann an opportunity to make a broad impact and positive change for others living with similar conditions. Combining her interest with disability and health care, she aims to break the stigma around mental health.
Eric Rine is an incoming freshman from Bowling Green, Ohio, planning to pursue Automotive High-Performance Racing at The University of Northwestern Ohio. Living with Spina Bifida has never deterred Eric from achieving great things on the field, in the classroom, and in life.
Ashley Lindsay is a 21-year old Junior at the University of Toledo. She is studying to become a Recreational Therapist. Living with anxiety, she often feels overwhelmed and unable to focus.
If you are anything like Tony Schweinhagen, you probably enjoy reading, working with your hands, and playing sports. Recently, Tony added cooking, budgeting, and time management skills to his list of mastered activities thanks to his participation in The Ability Center’s Next Steps Summer Program.
If you were to ask Nick Gulch his favorite activity, you’d likely find him with a camera on his arm or golf club in his hand. This experienced high school grad is shaking up the media industry and shows no signs of stopping. Nick Gulch, Whitmer High School grad and recent Ability Center scholarship recipient, is using his disabilities to serve as a platform to make others aware that anything is possible. Nick is gifted with a unique perspective on disability and leadership traits that many admire.
Cori Fischer will soon be making her mark in the medical field. Her long list of academic and scholastic achievements has landed her a scholarship to Gannon University as well as The Ability Center’s college scholarship in collaboration with the Auxiliary to The Ability Center. A grad of Southview, she took every opportunity to get involved, give back to her community, and inspire others living with disabilities.In her scholarship essay, "This Will Not Define Me" Cori shares, “My disability affects my life in ways that most are unable to truly understand, that is unless they have a disability. I was born with a mild form of spastic diplegia cerebral palsy.
Conor Smenner always encourages his peers to challenge their perspective on disability. A recent grad of St. John’s Jesuit High School, Conor is a student, friend, volunteer, Ability Center scholarship winner, and individual living with cerebral palsy.
Conor explains, “Cerebral palsy (CP) has been a positive in many ways. I am fortune my CP does not affect my learning or thinking. This has allowed me to develop a strong nature for always thinking outside the box when presented with challenges to constantly to have a positive outlook. I am very academically driven and strong willed and want to pursue a college degree.”
The lengthy list of achievements for Uhunoma, known as “Noma” to those who know her best, solidifies her commitment to education and passion for disability rights. Named on both Dean’s and President’s Lists for her academic success, Noma works rigorously to break barriers for individuals living with disabilities.
Noma, 2018 Ability Center Scholarship recipient, had her leg amputated when she was three years old. Living as an above the knee amputee for most of her life, she learned to adapt to different situations. Noma plans to use her experience around the medical profession to help others.