Advocacy Program

Our advocacy staff works at local, state, and federal levels to promote positive change for people with disabilities

What is the Advocacy Program?

Our efforts in policy analysis, community organizing, and legal representation are focused on the housing, transportation, public access and health care sectors.

What is Systems Advocacy Program?

Weighing in on public policies

Through Policy Advocacy and Analysis

We conduct policy analysis on issues that ensure the rights of people with disabilities to live in an inclusive community of their choosing.


What is Systems Advocacy Program?

Working with other advocacy groups

Through Community Organizing

We engage with state and local disability communities at the grassroots level to improve public policy and influence social change. Our staff­ works with area coalitions to advocate for affordable and accessible housing, expand transportation options, and ensure access to health care.


What is Systems Advocacy Program?

Disability advocates from local groups including The Ability Center welcomed the addition of a new TARTA bus stop located at the Franklin Park Mall. This achievement was a culmination of several years of grassroots advocacy efforts to improve accessibility for people living with disabilities.


Disability Rights Education & Enforcement:

We monitor and assist private and public partners in their e­fforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights legislation..

Some examples of ADA agency compliance projects include:

  • Working with the City of Toledo to appoint an ADA coordinator, posting ADA grievance procedures and notices, and conducting ADA compliance reviews. We also work in this manner with other local and county municipalities.
  • Monitoring the performance of ADA-regulated public transportation systems in the Greater Toledo Area.
  • Publishing white papers evaluating Ohio state-level compliance with the ADA and with the Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead v. LC decision.
  • Filing a Department of Justice complaint against Montpelier Exempted Village school regarding access to its renovated football stadium.