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: 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 /

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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


Access Center and Breaking Silence Peer Group

If you are a part of the LGBTQIA and Disability communities, or an ally, we welcome you. If you want to talk and share your story and life experiences, we encourage you. Come together to mingle, share your knowledge and views, have fun, and make friends.

Where: Ellis Human Development Institute  

9 Edwin C Moses Blvd. / Dayton, Ohio 45402 /

(937) 341-5202 ext. 1007 voice / 711 Ohio Relay

When: Contact Maria Matzik: for details and to receive monthly announcements  

Refreshments will be available!

Sign Language Interpreters and materials in alternative format: Available upon request. Please request interpreter service and alternative format at least 1 week prior to the date listed above. Please request either by calling: (937) 341-5202 voice or 711 Ohio Relay / or email:

 The Peer Groups are fragrance-free events.  We ask that you refrain from wearing cologne and scented products out of consideration for people with chemical sensitivities and breathing problems.  We do our best to provide an environment that everyone can feel comfortable in.