Serving the Ohio, Indiana and Michigan tri-state area.
As we grow and expand, our foster program needs to grow with us! Our goal is to add 5 warm, loving and dedicated foster families a month through the end of 2012. When you give one of our dogs a home, you learn how to train, groom and socialize a dog that will one day give the emotional and physical help to individuals with mobility complications. The dog you train might also go to a child with autism, become a therapy dog in a school system or support facility, or give companionship and love to an adult with a cognitive disability. The possibilities are endless, but you won't be able to give this support unless you apply to become one of our treasured foster volunteer families.
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New Partnership Between The Ability Center and Assistance Dogs Creates Better Services for Disability Community
Two of the region’s highest profile service providers for people with disabilities announced a strategic partnership that brings The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. (ADAI) into a single organization.
Under a new collaboration, Assistance Dogs will become a program of The Ability Center and move its headquarters to a renovated building on The Ability Center’s campus on Monroe Street in Sylvania in 2012.
“Our organizations share a strong common mission that focuses on helping people of all ages to live and work independently and in fully accessible communities,” said Pam Howell-Beach, board chair of The Ability Center. “Combining resources also creates greater operational efficiency, eliminates duplication of functions, and makes an even stronger community impact!”
The Ability Center of Greater Toledo provides a variety of programs to assist people with disabilities to live, work and socialize within a fully accessible community. Established in 1920 as The Society for Crippled Children, it served as a hospital/rehabilitation facility for children (and later adults) with Polio until the advent of the Salk vaccine in the mid-1950s. It evolved to provide comprehensive services to people of all ages living with disabilities – with an emphasis on independent living. Today, The Ability Center serves seven Northwest Ohio counties and has regional offices in Bryan and Port Clinton.
Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. has helped children and adults with disabilities achieve greater independence by training and placing service and therapy dogs to assist with an individual’s daily needs. It has served more than 250 people in more than 25 years of operation. Assistance Dogs relies greatly on a large group of volunteers and dogs in the program live with volunteer foster trainers. Assistance Dogs also launched the PUPPS program at the Toledo Correctional Institute in 1997 where inmates have been taught to raise, train and care for the dogs in the curriculum. In many cases, the inmates have been able to give back to the community which gives them a sense of accomplishment in the midst of failure.
As both of these organizations come together, a greater community awareness will be seen from their outreach efforts resulting in superior service to those with disabilities seeking greater independence.
Graduation Spring 2012- Video
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