Disability Friendly Guide

Any parent of a child with disabilities knows that it isn’t always easy to find the resources you need. The Toledo area has an abundance of programming, resources and businesses that help children of all abilities. We’ve listed some of the inclusive, welcoming organizations that truly shine bright in our community.

Ability Center of Greater Toledo

5605 Monroe St., Sylvania

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT) has a multitude of programs to promote independent living to families, youth and young adults. Thir new Youth and Family service line helps connect families of young children (ages 0-12) with other families through community activities and parent groups. Community-based Independent Living Skills Classes are focused on supporting teens and young adults on their journey to independence. Youth explore new recreation activities in the community and at ACT.

These activities are not only unique experiences for the young participants, but they also provide a chance to develop crucial social skills. Past activities have included trips to Cedar Point, bowling,the movies, sporting events, game nights, and exploration of local festivals, just to name a few.

Visit abilitycenter.org to discover all the organization has to offer
youth with any type of disability.

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

20 branches | 419-259-5200

TLCPL has partnered with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT) with programs like the DREAM Project, a program that ensures a wide variety of children’s books about and written by people with disabilities.

The Library also offers ASL classes for teens, disability etiquette training sessions, sensory and mindfulness activities, and Rhythm & Rhyme Storytime for children of all abilities. Not only does the Library continue to add inclusive programming, but they have been steadily making their facilities more accessible. For instance, they have upgraded check-out stations, restrooms and print stations to be ADA compliant. And they have created useful tools for people with visual impairments and those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. There are further plans to expand accessibility throughout TLCPL’s branches in the near future.

To learn more about what inclusive programs your local branch offers,
visit the library’s website today.

Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts

311 Conant St., Maumee

Also an offshoot of Sunshine Communities, Georgette’s Grounds and Gifts is passionate about employing people of all abilities in their kitchen, with customer service, and within the unique gift shop (it is connected to the coffee shop, but it also has its own entry in
back). Georgette’s serves up coffee house favorites and delectable sweets, which you can enjoy as you take in the amazing selection of gift items created by both local and nationally recognized artists.

Their offerings range from artisanal soaps and candles to jewelry and home decor a little something for everyone.

Learn more about the organization’s history in our Exceptional Families story on page 8
in this issue!

Sunshine Studios

305 Conant St., Maumee

An art studio that welcomes people of all abilities, incomes and artistic skill levels, Sunshine Studios is an integral part of the community. Their affordable public art classes led by Art Studio Manager, Larry Knight, are highly recommended by all who attend, and the wares created by Sunshine’s artists in the studio are always a unique choice for the holidays and beyond.

From mugs and plates to a variety of textiles, the home decor options are both eye-catching and practical. You can even commission a custom-made piece! Whether you take a class, rent the space, or purchase a gift, you’ll be supporting a wonderful mission of inclusivity with Sunshine Studios.

Help Me Grow Ohio

419-665-3322 | 800-755-GROW
800-EARLYON | 1800earlyon.org

Early Intervention works with families with children from birth to age three who have developmental delays or disabilities so that they have the best possible start in life. Early Intervention professionals work with you and your child to identify strengths and needs, addressing concerns as early as possible with services right where you live, play and spend your day. Making a referral is the first step for parents and caregivers who have questions or concerns about their child under the age of three. One referral opens the door to many programs and resources that support families.

Contact Help Me Grow to make a referral today!


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