Legislative Day Draws More Than 400 Advocates With Developmental Disabilities to Ohio Statehouse

May 10, 2011

Website Link  http://nisonger.osu.edu/features/advocacy-2011

More than 400 advocates from throughout Ohio attended the Legislative Advocacy Day at the Statehouse in Columbus April 14, 2011, entitled "Moving Forward: The Horizon for the Disability Community."

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and The Ohio State University Nisonger Center (OH-UCEDD/LEND) co-sponsored the event. The focus of the event was to educate policymakers and advocates with disabilities and their family members about current issues related to necessary supports for community access and inclusion. After the program, advocates met with their legislators to tell their stories about what living in the community means to them and how cuts in services would affect their lives.

The event is a collaborative activity of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Network, which is composed of Ohio's two University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD): The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center / University of Cincinnati; the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council; and the Ohio Legal Rights Service.

LEND trainees from both the Nisonger and Cincinnatti Centers participated in the event as part of their training programs.

Read full news release at the link above.

Ohio Advocacy Day 2011