Best Buddies Citizens seeking Franklin County friendship matches

Two young women standing on front steps of a museum in front of a Best Buddies sign

Would you like get involved in the community and help make central Ohio more inclusive? Best Buddies is accepting applications for Best Buddies Citizens in Franklin County, a program that pairs an adult with an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) in a one-to-one friendship with an adult without IDD from their local community. The Franklin …

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OSU students host painting program for teens, adults with disabilities

purple poster with contact information about Palette Pals

Palette Pals, a new student organization at the Ohio State University, is inviting teens and adults with developmental disabilities to take part in a free, recreational art program. Organizer Kaitlin Herman said the aim is to create interaction among OSU students, people with developmental disabilities and their families, while empowering the creativity of the disabilities …

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

Woman standing in atrium of Ohio Statehouse during an advocacy event.

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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For roommates, new hobby creates purls of happiness

Knitting teacher watches her adult student knitting with pink yarn.
Knitting instructor Kristen McKenna and Destiny Hawkins start a new project.

Even before they picked up their first knitting needles or tugged at a skein of yarn, Destiny Hawkins and Peggy Bergados already were on track for success at their new hobby. “They have such motivation,” said Kristen McKenna, their knitting instructor. “These two are amazing.” McKenna, who regularly teaches through a craft-classes enterprise in Westerville …

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ARC, Honeywell grow opportunities for workers with disabilities

Group of workers standing and smiling inside Honeywell warehouse

For nearly a decade, Honeywell has partnered with ARC Industries to employ people with developmental disabilities. The crew started with six people, has grown to 24 and now makes up the largest on-site crew in ARC’s group employment program. Paula Daugherty heads up value-added services at Honeywell’s PPE distribution center in Groveport, where the ARC …

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