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

Rachel sitting at table
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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Workers with disabilities find sweet success at waffle company

Brandon fills a box with Lopaus Point waffles
Brandon loves working at Lopaus Point waffles. He recommends chocolate chip and pumpkin spice.

When Stacie Skinner decided to launch a gluten-free waffle company, she knew the product had to taste good. But she didn’t think money should be the only other measure of success.“I knew that I wanted a purpose for my business,” Skinner said. “I just didn’t know what it was.”She discovered the answer at the same …

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Columbus athlete, advocate takes on new role at Special Olympics Ohio

Liz Beu

Elizabeth (Liz) Beu, a six-sport athlete and longtime self-advocate, has joined Special Olympics Ohio as the organization’s first Athlete Leader in the new Unified Champion Schools program in Columbus. Beu, a Columbus native, said she’s excited about the opportunity and considers it her “dream job” in every way. She’s happy that her love and knowledge …

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Down syndrome biobank aids research

Researcher looks at samples in cold-storage biobank.

People with Down syndrome and their families can help support research into the genetic condition through DownSyndrome Achieves, a Dublin-based nonprofit organization that sponsors a centralized biobank.The biobank, now based at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, stores blood, saliva and tissue samples for use in research projects, said Lito Ramirez, CEO of DownSyndrome Achieves and …

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