Self-Advocates attend Awareness Day at the Statehouse
Self-advocates Cassandra Wilson and Jerelle Rollins are with State Senator Edna Brown at DD Awareness Day activities at the State House. The event is designed to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities, their families, and community members. The morning program featured speeches from prominent advocates, state policymakers, and community leaders. During the afternoon advocates were able to visit their legislators to talk about issues that are important to them and their community.
Spirit Award presented to Lori Stanfa
Lori Stanfa began her career in the developmental disabilities field by working at NODC when it first opened as a direct care staff member! With efforts increasing toward Supported Living, Lori became a fierce advocate and took on the “not in my backyard” crowd with conviction and certainty. Always up for a challenge, Lori became the first Executive Director for Community Living Options in Lucas County and eventually the Clearwater COG.
An incredible advocate, an attorney and a brilliant analyst, it made perfect sense that Lori would eventually work with the Ohio Association of County Boards. She has served on every important work group addressing the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 37 years. No direction, no statute, no rule, no public policy takes place in Ohio without Lori’s involvement and much respected input.
Lori Mariucci promoted to Assistant Superintendent
Fix the List effort underway
Recognizing that Ohio's Medicaid Waiver waiting list is overly complex and in need of simplification an effort has started to Fix the List. A coalition of groups is working on this effort that includes the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, People First of Ohio, The Arc of Ohio, the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, OPRA, and APSI, You can read more about Fix the List at this link.
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