FCBDD board member spotlight: Board President Marie Crawford advocates for families

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After more than a decade as a member of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Marie Crawford remains crystal-clear about her mission. “First and foremost,” said Crawford, who is serving as Board President this year, “I am there for the families.” Crawford and her husband are parents to three adult sons, two of whom …

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Advocates work to educate about supported decision-making

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A network of Ohio self-advocates, families and professionals has launched a website and is holding monthly meetings to help raise awareness of supported decision-making. The Supported Decision-Making Network of Ohio says the aim is to empower people with developmental disabilities to direct their own lives to the greatest extent possible by selecting people who, when …

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Advocates invited to join Central Ohio Self Determination Association

The Central Ohio Self Determination Association recently hosted a kickoff gathering and is working to re-activate its regional self-advocacy work. The group, a part of the Ohio Self Determination Association, had paused events during the pandemic. Meetings are now planned for every other month and are open to central Ohio residents with developmental disabilities who …

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Central Ohio self-advocates invited to regional meeting in Franklin County

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The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA) are hosting a regional meeting in August for self-advocates in the central Ohio area. The gathering aims to re-activate the work of the Central Ohio Self Determination Association, a regional group of the OSDA that had paused events during the pandemic. The …

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We Thrive Together programs open to Franklin County residents all year

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The Franklin County board of Developmental Disabilities is again working with We Thrive Together to support a variety of online programs and in-person events throughout 2023. FCBDD is providing a countywide We Thrive Together subscription so that programs are free and available to all Franklin County residents. As last year, online activities can be accessed …

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