Family Advisory Council Meeting, October 8

Family Advocate Peggy Martin to Retire in November

On October 8, the DODD Family Advisory Council (FAC) will welcome several exciting speakers — including families themselves — discussing topics of interest to the statewide developmental disabilities community.  This meeting also marks the last one with DODD Family Advocate Peggy Martin at the helm.  She will retire in November, following approximately 20 years in the DD field, 12 of which have been with the Department.

Presenters at this meeting will include longtime advocate and sibling Dean Fadel, with his brother Jeff, who each will offer their versions of “My sib is my greatest fan.” Dean and Jeff have spoken widely on the subject of being themselves, and they tell it like it is.  In addition, a group of extended family members and support staff will present, “Everyone working together for Marsha.”  Marsha Mace’s story has been featured in Pipeline Quarterly, Summer 2014, and helps to illustrate the concept of family host-homes (shared living) as a strong residential option.

Also on the agenda are DODD Assistant Deputy Director Scott Phillips, who will provide updated information for families on Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs), and self advocate Christine Brown, who will share her knowledge and experiences about self advocacy, and what self advocates can do to be better informed about things that matter to them.

Family Advisory Council is open to anyone with an interest in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community.  The meetings are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the training room at Columbus Developmental Center, 1601 W. Broad Street in Columbus.  If you plan to attend this meeting please RSVP to Michele Kanode at Michele.kanode@dodd.ohio.gov.

Peggy Martin (left), with daughter Jennifer. Peggy has been the DODD Family Advocate for 12 years and will be retiring in November.

Peggy Martin (left), with daughter Jennifer. Peggy has been the DODD Family Advocate for 12 years and will be retiring in November.

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