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Ohio Valley Goodwill was pleased to be an exhibitor for the 2017 Autism Expo and All Special Needs Expo which took place on Saturday, April 1st at Sharonville Convention Center. This year’s event welcomed more than 100 different exhibitors including Goodwill as well as a host of different activities for the families, individuals and other interested people attending the Expo.
Goodwill has been an exhibitor and sponsor for the annual Autism Expo since it’s beginnings eleven years ago. “Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to be part of this important community outreach event which offers critical information to families and individuals with Autism as to relevant programs and services. For more than a century, Goodwill has been providing employment and training services and each year serves more than 3500 people with barriers to employment,” explained Hannon. Goodwill’s mission is to help people become fully involved in their home community as well as to obtain employment as desired and to achieve personal success. As such, the organization has a number of award-winning programs and services that are designed to support individuals in their vocational and life enrichment goals.
Ohio Valley Goodwill offers a variety of programs that support relationship building opportunities as well as community involvement and inclusion. These services range from the organization’s award-winning Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education (CARE) program to its Community Access and Community Living Supports programs. The CARE program offered through its main headquarters in the village of Woodlawn as well as at its Westwood location offers community outings and volunteering, home life skills, functional academics as well as advocacy and self-determination opportunities. All activities are designed with the input of the individual participants and reflect the interests of the group.
The Community Access program offers individualized support to participate in activities of choice throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Examples include: concerts, horseback riding, festivals, King’s Island, movies, shopping, park visits, Zoo, museums, Newport Aquarium and other destinations of interest.
The Community Living Supports program offers personalized assistance with activities of daily living in home environments. Supports include: assistance with banking and budgeting, laundry, housekeeping, meal planning and grocery shopping, scheduling and day planning and other needed supports as desired.
For more information about Goodwill’s programs and services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. Our thanks to Julia Ann Smith and Families with ASD for their sponsorship of the 2017 Autism and Special Needs Expo. For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s award-winning programs and services, contact Sharon Hannon, Marketing Manager at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6364.