The March 18 issue of Pipeline will include a potpourri of DD Awareness Month activities and events around the state. To submit a short paragraph and/or captioned photo for consideration in this issue, please send it to Sherry Steinman at firstname.lastname@example.org
A capacity crowd attended the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day event yesterday at the Ohio Statehouse, showcasing many self-advocates’ stories of personal growth and achievement. Speakers discussed achievements in advocacy, education, self-determination, and community employment. DODD Director John Martin was among the program speakers, along with many self-advocates from around the state — including keynote speaker Jack Wolf, a young man whose personal story definitely underscores the Can do! spirit.
Following the speakers, many participants met with their state legislators to discuss key advocacy topics, including accessible parking, visitability, legislation to increase the Medicaid asset limit for people with developmental disabilities, and other issues important to them.
Here are a few glimpses and words of wisdom from the day of Awareness and Advocacy:
The theme for DD Awareness Month 2015, Can Do, Like You!, emphasizes that people with disabilities have many abilities that benefit and enrich their communities. Free logo artwork is at the Ohio Public Images website.
DODD thanks our partnering event planners and sponsors, including: 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.