Life Skills


Independent living and employment skills for youth and young adults with disabilities

Independent Living Skills Training

The Ability Center’s Life Skills Program assists young adults with disabilities to develop skills for independent living and competitive employment. Our program provides interactive classes and programming for individuals ages 13-26 seeking post-secondary education or competitive employment. This program also offers recreational activities, and parent education. Classes run on a school year calendar.


Youth transition classes include:

Cooking

Cooking

Master the art of cooking and the basics of food preparation and kitchen safety

Financial Management

Financial Management

Learn how to manage your income, spending, savings so you have lifelong financial security

Personal Safety Skills

Personal Safety Skills

Learn tips to help you stay safe in any environment, including basic self-defense and how to get help

Sex Education

Sex Education

Educate yourself on practicing safe sex, building a positive body image and protecting yourself from exploitation

Social Skills

Social Skills

Master the art of navigating social situations and making friends

Volunteering

Volunteering

Find your passion for giving back and build you resume with local volunteer opportunities

Next Steps Summer Program

Preparing youth with disabilities for life after high school

June 30 – August 6, 2020


Our six-week summer program will boost independence and develop leadership skills needed to succeed. This unique program offers students the opportunity to stay on the campus of the University of Toledo where they master everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry in a dorm setting. Students are employed at local businesses and organizations where they build on professional skills. Participants also get paid for their work in the program. Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:

  • Build an impressive resume and sharpen interview skills
  • Master how to dress, what to say, and how to conduct in a professional work setting
  • Manage everyday tasks, such as cooking and doing laundry
Employment Skills Training

Watch this video produced by the blade documentation each phase of the Next Steps Summer Program.

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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.

  • “Branden was professional with everyone at the agency. He interacted well with staff and was a great part of helping staff with tasks such as scanning, copying and filing. He was willing to take on any project and did each project well! The staff at the Epilepsy Center enjoyed the time Branden spent here and look forward to seeing more success for Branden as he moves on to the next step in his future.”

  • “Our organization takes great pride in fostering the intern’s skill set so that they can reach the “Next Step” in their journey to independence and adulthood.”