Q&A: The Ability Center of Greater Toledo ‘s Director Tim Harrington

Born with cerebral palsy, Tim defied expectations. When he reached high school age, he insisted on being mainstreamed into public school. There, he surprised the “experts,” not only graduating from high school but going on to the University of Toledo, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Tim combines a hard-edged business sense with a keen sensitivity for the rights of people with disabilities. Tim was the first director of Ohio’s Statewide Independent Living Council and serves as Executive Director of The Ability Center of Greater Toledo.

Where do you call home? For the past 30 years I have lived in Sylvania.

What was your first job? I mowed grass on a horse farm is Swanton.

What health or lifestyle tips do you support? ‘Family first’ is my mantra for everyone.

Your biggest self-indulgence? A beautiful weekend on Bird Lake in the Hillsdale, Michigan area.

Favorite Book? Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson. I have always wanted to… Have a rewarding career and a family that cares for others.

What trait do you admire in others? Honesty and a good sense of humor.

Something most people don’t know about you? Before joining The Ability Center I traveled throughout the country as a professional public speaker.

Words you live by? “Make the world you live in, don’t just make it in the world.”

Your proudest accomplishment? Working for one of the finest disability service agencies in the country

Person you most respect? The late Chuck Oswald, former owner of Appliance Center, was a role model for philanthropy in action.

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