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.
This program is a free supplemental support initiative for high school teachers to provide students authentic employment experiences in and outside the classroom.
Next Steps Summer Program
The Next Steps Summer Program is a unique experience designed to prepare youth for high school and beyond.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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, Cedar Point trips, festivals, and local sporting events. You must be a participant in Life Skills to join Rec Club.