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Community Living Newsletter
June 2021
We believe people should have choice and control over where and how they live their lives. Our Community Living Programs help people achieve their goals for independent community living.
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OSU Extension
Healthy Choices
Back by popular demand! OSU Extension SNAP-Ed educators will provide useful information on making healthy food choices, meal planning and more. As we get older our nutrient needs change.
Eating a variety of nutrient dense foods are important in maintaining good health.

The informational sessions will be in person at The Ability Center starting on July 7 and run for six weeks.

Contact Priscilla at 419.885x174 to register. Space is limited.
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Farmer's Market
The Area Office on Aging improves individuals’ produce intake with the Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program. This program provides $50 worth of coupons to eligible adults 60 years of age or over to purchase produce from local farmers.
The application can be found online here.
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Often the encouragement and support of others can be the building blocks to helping us reach our own goals for independent living. 

Beginning June 21st, The Ability Center will host peer support each Monday from 11:30-12:30 at the Metz Visitor Center at Wildwood Metropark. Relevant topics and resources will be shared. You can empower others by sharing resources, knowledge of living with a disability, or simply enjoying conversation.

We will meet rain or shine; consumers should dress accordingly and bring any necessary supplies. No cost to attend free but space is limited. Consumers should contact Priscilla at 419.885-5733 ext. 174 to register.  

Metz Visitor Center
5100 W Central Avenue
Toledo, OH 43615

Letter was submitted by Raymond Nagy of Defiance, OH

I would like to thank the Home Accessibility Program staff for providing and installing the accessibility ramp at my residence. It will prevent an accidental fall when ascending or descending the front porch steps by myself or others. Having had both hips replaced and other medical hardware implanted in my back, a fall from the steps could have an unpleasant outcome. Having the ramp in place prevents such an occurrence and provides wheelchair accessibility. A City of Defiance Code Enforcement officer stopped by the house one day after completion of the project to inspect and assure its’ safety. His inspection not only confirmed the safety, it affirmed the workmanship quality by your two-man crew. Your continued assistance to those in the community who can benefit from your services goes largely unnoticed and perhaps undervalued simply because unless a disability affects them personally, most people are unconcerned until the need arises. Your services meet that need. In my case, your assistance has made my home safer, as well as making other handicap issues less burdensome. For that, I am very grateful. An additional benefit is that the turnaround platform, which faces west, is a great spot for watching sunsets and using my telescope. Being elevated due to the slope of the landscape, I feel like the captain of a ship at sea. With the wind in my face, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s an underlying and unforeseen long term benefit I will cherish for many years.

Read more of our stories of success here.
The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) is seeking input on how transportation can be improved for Ohioans with disabilities. Share your experience on the online survey here. Paper and telephone version of the survey are available by contacting ann.robinson@osumc.edu.
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City of Toledo residents can sign up for a YMCA Free Friday Pass by verifying residency via photo ID. If your address on the photo ID is no longer accurate, you can provide proof of residency through a utility bill. If you are interested in participating stop by your local YMCA to complete necessary paperwork and explore all summer programs at the YMCA closet to you!

Fridays between June 4 and August 27
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Assistive Technology Corner (AT)
Any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities is considered an assistive technology device. The Ability Center has a robust AT lending and gifting program that includes switch adapted toys, instruments, and leisure items; alternative input and output devices for computers; virtual devices (kindles, iPads, Chromebooks); and durable medical equipment. Equipment donated to our program is refurbished for lending and gifting to folks with disabilities.
Featured AT Item of
the Month: Wireless Mouse
For those with difficulties with fine motor control, the BIGTrack wireless mouse may be helpful. The large 3-in trackball and broad base make it easy to move the mouse cursor using gross motor movements of the hand, arm, or foot. The two oversized left and right click buttons are more easily accessed than a standard computer mouse. The BIGTrack Wireless mouse is available in the AT lending closet for our consumers to trial to reach independent living goals.
Wireless Mouse
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