Ramping Up for DD Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3

It’s just around the corner! This year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day event, March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse, will showcase many self-advocates’ stories of personal growth and achievement. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with check-in and refreshments, the one-hour program in the Statehouse Atrium begins at 10:00 a.m., and legislative meetings immediately follow the program. Speakers will discuss achievements in advocacy, education, self-determination, and employment.

Enthusiasm for the annual gathering is evidenced by a sell-out crowd registering for the event, capped at 450 attendees due to space limitations. The theme for the event is Can Do, Like You!, emphasizing that people with disabilities have many abilities that can benefit and enrich their communities. DODD Director John Martin will be among the program speakers, along with many self-advocates from around the state — including keynote speaker Jack Wolf, a young man whose personal story underscores the Can do! spirit. Meet Jack Wolf in this video.

Michael and April Richards at M & A Small Engine Repair Shop.  Michael is one of the dynamic speakers on the agenda at the March 3 event. He and his wife own and operate the repair shop in downtown Hillsboro (Highland County).

Michael and April Richards at M & A Small Engine Repair Shop.
Michael is one of the dynamic speakers on the agenda at the March 3 event. He and his wife own and operate the repair shop in downtown Hillsboro (Highland County).

Event sponsors include many partners in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community: DODD; Ohio DD Council; Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB); Ohio Special Initiatives for Brothers and Sisters (SIBS); The Arc of Ohio; Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD); Ohio Public Images; Disability Rights Ohio; Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA); Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA); People First of Ohio; the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University; and, the University of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Information tables will be hosted by many of these sponsors, as well as other organizations that serve people with disabilities.

Check the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council website for updates; ‘Like’ the event’s Facebook page;

Can Do, Like You! Free logo artwork and more on the Ohio Public Images website.

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