Every year, The Ability Center of Greater Toledo sponsors a disability-related information fair for the Northwest Ohio community. The event takes place at Toledo Zoo, one of the best zoos in the country! One of the fun duties of my job with The Ability Center is to organize and coordinate the event.
Community participation in the event has grown from 25 organizations at the beginning to 100 organizations this year, with a waiting list of organizations interested in being part of the day. Even in this tight economy, The Ability Center covers the cost of this great community event.
It’s generally a busy day for me and all of The Ability Center’s staff and I rarely get to see any zoo animals. However, this year I saw two cheetahs.
For many, the Annual ADA Zoo Day is an opportunity to connect with other members of the disability community and to find out about interesting new disability products. (Last year, I found a nifty sling that was perfect for my grandmother). Others view the event as an opportunity to educate the public about the rights of individuals with disabilities.