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 achieves this by providing interactive classes and programming for individuals ages 13-26 seeking post-secondary education or competitive employment. This program also off­ers peer support, recreational activities, and parent education. Youth transition classes include:


Benefits Counseling

Benefits Counseling

Overcome life challenges with guidance and support from our professional counselors

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

Future Care Planning

Future Care Planning

Solidify long-term arrangements such as housing, health insurance, caregivers, and more

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

Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy

Become a confident, independent, self-determined individual with our training

Social Skills

Social Skills

Master the art of navigating social situations and making friends

Next Steps Summer Program

Preparing youth with disabilities for life after high school

June 18 - July 25, 2019


Our five-week summer program will boost independence and develop leadership skills needed to succeed. Upon completing the program, participants will be able to:

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

The program will take place at the University of Toledo, with partnerships from the University of Toledo and the Toledo Rotary’s Disability Service Committee.

Employment Skills Training

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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.”