Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

Ability Center of Greater Toledo

5605 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560
Phone: (419) 885-5733 Fax: (419) 882-4813


Assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community.


Believe in and support equitable and inclusive communities for people living with disabilities.

Services Provided

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo is a Center for Independent Living serving northwest Ohio. The Ability Center provides services to people with disabilities living in the Center’s seven county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Williams and Wood.

Programs Overview

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs helps children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with the individual’s daily needs. Assistance Dogs has helped transform the lives of over 150 individuals and their communities.

Community Connections

The purpose of Community Connections is to create and support community options for people living with disabilities. The Center does this by assisting individuals in developing goals, identifying dreams, and defining their vision for their life. The Center also assists individuals in achieving their personal goals by making appropriate connections within the community and providing necessary information, resources, accommodations, and support.

Housing Resource Center

The Housing Resource Center is four distinct, interconnected programs Nursing Home Transition, Home Accessibility, Adaptive Equipment Acquisition and Volunteers, Accessible Housing and Housing Advocacy. By combining these four programs under one umbrella, the Center can provide realistic opportunities for successful independence that addresses all aspects of housing and disability.

Inclusive Communities

Community inclusion is a key goal for The Ability Center in services and supports. Still, most community inclusion activities continue to focus from a medical model. This model is built around an external perception of disability and attempts to “fix” perceived problems. The key to true community success, however, occurs when people initiate, nurture and keep natural relationships.

Information and Outreach

This core service provides access to the wide spectrum of information on disability related issues, everything from where to get a placard for a car to future planning for yourself or a relative. It also provides links to community resources that assist individuals to live independently.