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Community Living Newsletter
September 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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Creating Healthy Communities at the Toledo Lucas County Health Department is hosting a series of neighborhood Farmers’ Markets. Be sure to check out the one in your neighborhood and say hello to The Ability Center staff member as well as other community organizations in attendance.

These markets will accept: SNAP, WIC Farmers’ Market Coupons, Senior Nutrition Coupons, Produce Perks, and Cash payments.

Each event is from 11am – 2pm. 

September 21: Eleanor Kahle Senior Center
(1315 Hillcrest Ave., Toledo, OH 43612)

October 19: Toledo Lucas County Health Department
(635 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604)


Saturday, September 18: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(Blue Creek Metropark Nona France Quarry Area
7035 Providence Street, Whitehouse, OH 43571
FREE and open to the public

Try Metroparks newest feature – a mobile rock wall – plus tree climbing, archery, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, mounting biking techniques, Kidz Zone, hammocking, mindfulness and more. Metroparks outdoor skills experts will be on hand to help you discover your next outdoor passion. Accommodations and modification can be made to suite the needs of all abilities. Food trucks and live music will be on site.

Stay connected to our Facebook page for Metroparks Monthly highlight of inclusive events.
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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. 

Join us to discuss relevant topics, empower others by sharing resources, knowledge of living with a disability, or simply enjoying conversation. There are two meeting options, in person or virtual. Feel free to register for one or both!

Thursdays from 11:00 – 12:00

Zoom link will be provided to those registered. If you need a virtual device or internet to participate, please let us know.

Do you need assistance utilizing technology to socialize with friends, attend medical appointments or, achieve your independent living goals? We can help! Please schedule a 1:1 session with a Consumer Engagement Specialist to learn how to navigate common platforms such as Google Drive and Zoom.  
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YOU! Our consumers are this month's spotlight - Ability Center programs support people with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choosing. Please complete this survey so that we can best serve you as we plan and develop future programming

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AT Ohio's mission is to help Ohioans with disabilities learn about or acquire assistive technology. Assistive Technology refers to devices, equipment or services that assist individuals with disabilities to function independently in the areas of work, home, or school. They offer several programs including computer refurbishing program, device lending library, and informational webinars. They also keep up with current legislative activity that affects persons with disabilities and educate legislators about the needs and concerns of citizens with disabilities.

AT Ohio is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio.

Our Equipment Loam Program receives financial and educational support from the organization. We are known for having most robust library in northwest Ohio.
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Join our team!

We are actively recruiting these positions to help us reach the goal of becoming the most disability-friendly community in the country.
  • Director of Youth and Transition Services
  • Assistive Tech/Medical Equipment Coordinator
  • Assistance Dogs Trainer
  • Disability Rights Advocate, Healthcare and Public Access

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A screen reader is a form of assistive technology that renders text and image content as speech or braille output. While screen readers have historically been used for folks with visual impairments, they can also be helpful for those that are illiterate, have a learning disability or, learn best by hearing. Almost all electronic devices (phones, tablets, computers) have built in screen readers. There are both free and paid versions of screen readers. Common ones include Job Access With Speech (JAWS), VoiceOver for Apple products, TalkBack for Android products, and NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA).
This group is designed for sharing information, resources, action alerts, and relevant information throughout the northwest Ohio disability community. Membership is comprised of local individuals looking to advocate for people living with disabilities.

Do you know someone who might be interested in receiving these services? Share this email and information with anyone who may be interested.