Registration for Ohio’s annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse, is now online at www.ddc.ohio.gov. The event is free, and registration is required. Due to space limitations at the Ohio Statehouse, event participation will be limited to the first 450 registrants. Each year in March, people with disabilities and their families, providers, and other advocates for Ohio’s developmental disabilities community gather at the Statehouse to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. Event participants also will receive updates on the state budget and other legislative issues, before meeting with legislators to share their viewpoints.
The program will include People First of Ohio President Paul Day, Best Buddies Ambassador Jody Mann, DODD Director John Martin, and legislative advocate John Munnis. In addition, the event will feature the story of Jack Wolf, a young man with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and a presentation by Michael Richards, a man with developmental disabilities who owns his own business in Highland County. (See Michael’s story in Pipeline Quarterly, Spring 2013, page 2.)
The 2015 theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is, Can Do, Like You. Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director Carolyn Knight observed, “The theme shares the message that people with disabilities are capable of working, living independently, and exercising self-determination — like anyone else.”
This year’s event is cosponsored by DODD, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB), Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, The Arc of Ohio, People First of Ohio, the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), Disability Rights Ohio, the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University, Ohio Public Images, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Download the free 2015 DD Awareness Month theme artwork at www.publicimagesnetwork.org