Robots ready to lend a hand

Robot with a smiling woman on the display screen
Temi personal robots have built-in smart display and can follow commands.

Starting in November, personal robots will be rolling around two sites in Franklin County as part of a technology pilot through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.The temi robots are about 3 feet tall and look a little like Segways with iPads. One is headed to a community home whose residents receive services from the …

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DSP honored for life-saving care

Romana Mutai holding award next to Bethany Toledo
OADSP Executive Director Bethany Toledo, left, congratulates Romana Mutai, the alliance's DSP of the Year

We’re happy to congratulate Romana Mutai, a Columbus direct-support professional who recently won the first “DSP of the Year” award from the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.Mutai was honored for providing quick, life-saving care when a woman unexpectedly gave birth at a home. Bethany Toledo, OADSP executive director, said Mutai’s actions inspired the creation …

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October board meeting

The October meeting of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021 beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at 2879 Johnstown Rd., where board members will meet in person. The meeting also will be live on Zoom for anyone who would like to attend virtually. …

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DSP champions advocacy, independence for people with disabilities

Alique and Kate enjoy an afternoon at the Park of Roses. Alique recently returned to the disabilities field as a DSP and says the job is a great fit.

As a direct-support professional, Alique Yardley is often approached by people who want to comment on her job, especially when she’s in a public setting with someone she supports.“People come up and say, ‘It takes a special person to do what you do,’” Yardley said, smiling. “I don’t understand that. Because if you’ve had kids, …

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Families celebrate a milestone move

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Rachel Barezinsky gathered with friends and family for her housewarming shower.

Over the years, Amy Kirk and Rachel Barezinsky have happily attended a boatload of showers to celebrate engagements, weddings and new babies. But until recently, neither woman had been the star of the show.“And they deserve to be,” said Rachel’s dad, Greg Barezinsky.So friends and family members decided to host showers for both Amy and …

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