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The State of Disability Awareness and Support in Toledo

City officials and local organizations have worked together to help Toledo make steps towards improved disability awareness and support.

Certified Autism Centers in Toledo

There are 11 different businesses and organizations in Toledo that have become a Certified Autism Center (CAC). We've losted all of them here!

Sibshops Supports Kids who have Siblings with Disabilities 

Growing up with a sibling who has a disability can be difficult, and it’s not uncommon for brothers and sisters to struggle with feelings...

I am Temple Grandin: Helping Kids Understand Autism

Being different is a good thing, and Autism Spectrum Disorder can produce some of the brightest minds. That’s the overarching theme of I am...

Disability Friendly Toledo: A Resource Guide

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT) set a goal in 2020 to become the most disability-friendly community in the country. Mallory Crooks, Director...

Avenues for Autism Supports Toledo Parents

When Bob and Suzy Tyner’s son was born with autism many years ago, they were at a loss when it came to finding support....

Sidelines to the Field: RallyCap Sports Welcomes all Abilities

RallyCap Sports can be found at both UT and BGSU for kids 7 and older. Learn more about their inclusive programs here!

Woodlands Park Opens New Inclusive Playground 

In late June 2023, Woodlands Park in Perrysburg joined the list of local parks that now offer inclusive equipment to their visitors. The inclusive...

Local Nonprofit Provides Interactive Technology for Autistic Children

Tammy Eisenreich and Brooke Olsen met each other because they each had four-year-old sons at the same preschool for autistic children. Brooke’s son was...

Toledo’s iDance Studio: Dancing is for All Abilities

It was a simple question, really. “Are there dance classes for people with developmental disabilities?” Karen Medina has spent over 40 years in dance....

Sensory Friendly Activities in the Toledo Area

With a child who is sensitive to loud noises and is easily overstimulated, it can be tough to pick which events to attend. It...

New Documentary “Forget Me Not” Brings Diversity and Inclusivity into the Classroom

A new, award-winning documentary, titled Forget Me Not follows parents and filmmakers Olivier and Hilda Bernier as they fight for their son Emilio’s rights...