The Sandusky County Board of Developmental Disabilities promotes self-advocacy and self determination activities that empower people to speak up for the things that they want, need and get them the life they want to live. Currently, our self-advocacy program work in different ways and many self-advocates have varied roles.
Sandusky County’s self-advocacy chapter is affiliated with People First of Ohio. This means individuals run formal People First Chapter meetings, hold officer positions locally and at a state level. Local and statewide involvement keep self-advocates informed of changes that affect their lives and the Developmental Disabilities system. Being a chapter member includes attending self-advocacy trainings and conferences that give each person an opportunity to learn more about connecting with their communities to bring about change. We work on local and statewide issues facing people with developmental disabilities. We recognize self-advocacy achievements with annual and monthly awards.
Self-Advocacy and self-determination efforts are guided through our organizational membership with Ohio Self Determination Association. Our membership supports participating self-advocates and opportunity to become local and statewide leaders. This occurs through training program like Project STIR, Rights training, Voting training and Bully prevention. Self-advocates plan activities which include people throughout the state to learn more about speaking up, being self-determined and include public policy making. These self-advocacy roles encourage people to become more involved in creating a system that include their input, participation and gives them responsibilities within this process.
Lastly, self-advocacy is FUN. We get together often, teach and learn from each other, share our personal stories and success, and work on ways to get the life we want. This is self-advocacy in Action!