Independent Living

Young adults with disabilities participate in interactive Life Skills classes developing aptitudes for independent living, employment, or community-based living. Free classes support goals set on a customized plan. Youth engaged in activities aligned with their interests and talents, including recreation, employment, advocacy, and transition.

Youth & Family Services

An extended service offering encouraging family growth through a network of support.

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Hire Expectations

This program is a free supplemental support initiative for high school teachers to provide students authentic employment experiences in and outside the classroom.


We offer leadership curriculum to enhance core qualities of a leader. The Ability Center is a proud host of OOD’s Regional Youth Leadership Forum.


Employment-focused Life Skills classes touch on various job readiness skills. Includes one-on-one assistance with skill development, resume building, interview preparation, and getting connected to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). Our Next Steps Summer Program provides a unique employment and independent living experience.

Independent Living Skills

Independent living skills training, including cooking and nutrition, financial management, sex education, and more. Hands-on mentorship to secure transportation and housing options, budgeting, time-management, and activities of daily living.


Resources and training appropriate for transition aged youth. One-on-one assistance with exploring post-secondary options, IEP/Transition Plan guidance, and future planning.

Independent Living Plans (ILPs)

ILP’s are a guide to determine a consumer’s goals in the following areas: recreation, post-secondary or future planning, employment or self-advocacy, independent living, and family support—and how The Ability Center will assist in those goals. Consumers and/or parents meet with a staff member to complete the plan and develop appropriate goals.

Rural Opportunities

Located in Bryan, our office serves the four-county area of Defiance, Williams, Henry, and Fulton. Programs and services are available including Youth Transition Services, Life Skills classes, Information & Referral services and Assistive Technology/Medical Equipment drop off.

1425 East High Street, Suite 108 | Bryan, OH 43506

Rec Club

Our Rec Club provides an opportunity for peers to connect and build social skills in a comfortable environment. Participants attend monthly community events including bowling, movies, festivals, and local sporting events. You must be a participant in Life Skills to join Rec Club.