Additional Services

The Access Center’s Think This is Easy? Training Program

This is a hands on training that allows the individuals to experience various disabilities and improve their abilities to work with individuals in the community.

This is a great opportunity for service providers to have their staff trained that will be working with individuals in the community with a disability. If you would like more information on the program, call the center today.

For information regarding details of this program and how you can request to schedule this training please contact:

Melody Burba, Independent Living Skills Specialist[email protected] or (937) 341-5202 ext. 1006


Pre-Employment Youth Transition Services

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is making available Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities beginning at age 14. These services are introductory services and are intended to help students with disabilities get an early start in identifying career interests.  Pre-Employment Transition Services are for students with disabilities who need these services and have been determined eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services or are potentially eligible but have not applied for VR services.


In conjunction with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Access Center for Independent Living offers instruction in Self-Advocacy:

Instruction in Self-advocacy

Learn skills needed for greater independence
Students will have an increased awareness of their rights and responsibilities.  They will learn leadership skills to support success in the workplace, explore and connect with leadership or peer mentoring groups in their communities to expand networks.  In addition, students will complete a form identifying their own personal self-advocacy interests and activities needed to build independence and self-advocacy skills.


For questions regarding the Access Center’s Youth Services contact:
Barbara Butler, Independent Living Specialist/Youth Transition Coordinator
Access Center for Independent Living
(New Location: on the first floor of the Miami Valley Housing Opportunities)
907 W. 5th Street / Suite 100 / Dayton, Ohio 45402

(937) 341-5202 ext. 1002 voice / 711 Ohio Relay / [email protected]


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Access Center Peer Support Group

Come join others with a disability, make friends and get support for your goals in life!

Where: Access Center for Independent Living / 907 W. 5th St. Suite 100 Dayton Ohio 45402

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month (except Dec) from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

For information regarding details of this group or how you can participate please contact:

Melody Burba, Independent Living Specialist  (937) 341-5202 ext. 1006 or [email protected]


Access Center and Breaking Silence Peer Group

Please join our weekly virtual space: Breaking Silences Peer Group

Hosted by: Dr. Julie Williams from Wright State University and Maria Matzik of Access Center for Independent Living

This virtual discussion group is held every Thursday evening from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The group’s intent is to offer community connectiveness to individuals who are isolated by the impact of COVID-19. The group welcomes participation from professionals, family members, allies of the disability community, etc. as well.

The group is working on ways to develop emergency resources and to develop an awareness regarding individuals with significant disabilities. Our goal is to initiate social connections and to offer support within the community.

There is no cost associated with participation and / or involvement in this group. If you are interested in being a part of this virtual community please send us an email and you will be added to the invite list each week for WebEx participation: Maria Matzik [email protected]

You can join, or leave, the discussion at any time.

A Sign Language Interpreter and C-Print captionist attends every meeting.

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