PLEASE NOTE: Programming may be adjusted due to COVID-19. Independent living and employment skills
for youth and young adults with disabilities
Services are offered to youth and their families to support independent living goals through best practices and partnerships with schools, service agencies, and community organizations. Staff will engage youth in activities that align with their skills and interests including recreation, employment, self-advocacy, and transition. Youth will create goals within the areas of leisure, employment, self-advocacy, independent living, and future planning.
A plan centered around these goals will be created for each student.Interactive classes are offered to youth and young adults ages 13 to 26 looking to develop skills for independent living, competitive employment, or community-based living. Classes are free of charge and run on a school calendar year.
Master the art of cooking and the basics of food preparation and kitchen safety
Learn how to manage your income, spending, savings so you have lifelong financial security
Learn tips to help you stay safe in any environment, including basic self-defense and how to get help
Educate yourself on practicing safe sex, building a positive body image and protecting yourself from exploitation
Master the art of navigating social situations and making friends
Find your passion for giving back and build you resume with local volunteer opportunities
Students learn resume building skills, participate in mock interviews, and complete interest testing for future career opportunities
Watch this video produced by the Toledo Blade documenting each phase of the Next Steps Summer Program.
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.
Youth are served through independent living skills in the four county area of Defiance, Williams, Henry, and Fulton county.
The Ability Center is part of IL-NET National Learning Collaborative on Youth Transition at Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living. 12 organizations from across collaborate and network with one another and learn about each agency’s experiences and successes in programs and services. Participants complete monthly assignments via a dashboard and Zoom meetings once a month to discuss assignments, progress, and ideas.