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Roberto and Estella's Story

Roberto was 17 months sober when he was the victim of an unimaginable attack—drugged with a substance suspected to contain fentanyl and abandoned in his car. His shoes, wallet, and other belongings were stolen. This life-altering experience left Roberto with a severe brain injury, requiring immediate and intensive medical care, and assistance from ABLE's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

Clementina's Path to Citizenship

On May 21, 2024, in Toledo, Ohio, an incredible milestone was achieved by Clementina Gonzalez Ponce, an 82-year-old woman originally from Guadalajara, México. After a nearly 30-year wait to receive permanent residency, Clementina became a U.S. citizen. Read her story.

ABLE Parent Advocate Discusses SUCCESS Program at National American Bar Association Conference

ABLE Parent Advocate, Christina Brown, speaks about our innovative SUCCESS Program at a national conference in Washington, D.C. Brown participates in a panel with other legal experts and social workers titled, "Different Strokes for Different Folks: Maryland and Ohio Do Multidisciplinary Representation Their Way”.

ABLE’s Eviction Prevention Work Continues with Extension of HUD Grant

Through a $1 Million HUD grant, ABLE launched the Tenant Eviction Relief Program—a much-needed rural-based program—to assist underserved communities in Allen, Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Logan, Mercer, and Miami counties. ABLE recently received an extension from HUD to continue this important work for an additional year. Read about our progress so far.

Education Reform Advocate Erin Gruwell to Keynote the 2024 Access to Justice Awards Dinner on June 20

We are pleased to announce the 2024 keynote speaker and award recipients of this year's Access to Justice Awards Dinner and Ceremony.

Records Shed Light on Border Patrol’s Racial Profiling of Immigrants in Ohio

ABLE and the American Immigration Council share a joint report on racial profiling activities by Border Patrol at the U.S.-Canadian border near Port Clinton, Ohio.

New Nursing Home Quality Navigator Improves Experience for Consumers

Recent funding has been allocated to all 12 Regional Ombudsman programs, including ABLE’s program, to bolster advocacy efforts across Ohio. A significant outcome of the Task Force's work is the introduction of the Nursing Home Quality Navigator. 

ABLE Appoints New Executive Director Makiedah Messam

The Board of Trustees for ABLE is pleased to announce that it has named Makiedah Messam its new Executive Director.

ABLE Fights for Students and Families by Opposing Bad Indefinite Expulsion Bill

Reintroduced earlier this summer in the Ohio legislature, House Bill 206 proposes to change the rules about expelling students from school, allowing long – potentially unending – deprivations of learning. ABLE has joined other advocacy and civil rights groups opposing HB 206.