March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and nationally, DD Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. As an Employment and Training Center for more than 100 years, Ohio Valley Goodwill’s long-time mission is to help people with disabilities to find jobs and to become fully included in their community. The organization works in partnership with local County Boards of Developmental Disabilities including Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren, to provide programs and services which help individuals to become engaged in the larger community both in terms of social and recreational opportunities as well as through employment.
The most compelling way we have found to help bring awareness to this important month, is to share the stories of individuals we serve and support. People like Elizabeth who is part of our CARE (Center for Advocacy, Recreation and Education program) and enjoys volunteering and sharing her wonderful personality with her fellow volunteers https://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/elizabeth%e2%80%a8-a-path-to-a-purposeful-life%e2%80%a8-through-community-engagement/ And Rachel who enjoys her job at a local McDonald’s https://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/rachel-rickard/ and Andrew who work’s at Sam’s Club and is proud of his determination to find the job that he really wanted https://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/andrew-clark-shares-personal-success-story/ We love to share our stories of personal success and community inclusion for all of the individuals we proudly serve. To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. We will be continuing to share stories of personal success during the month of March as well as throughout the year.
Ohio Valley Goodwill is also proud to support our longtime partner, Hamilton County DD Services, on their 2019 Levy campaign which will be on the ballot in November. Please join Ohio Valley Goodwill in helping to bring awareness to Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To find out more about HCDDS, visit http://www.hamiltondds.org
Ohio Valley Goodwill appreciates the community support which makes our mission of service possible during DD Awareness Month and throughout the year.