Portage County’s Self-Advocacy Group - Stepping Out: Leading with Abilities


Like Nike says, “Just Do It”

Posted: 1/30/2014
That’s exactly what Nena White did
November 4th – November 7th, 2013 in Mt Sterling, Ohio.
Nena White
A journey to self-awareness started with a four-hour road trip marked with laughs, road construction, singing oldies and passing our destination. Finally we arrived at Ohio Self-determination Association or OSDA’s Project STIR training. About 30 people of varying ability from all over Ohio and their support person came together to receive intensive training to become advocates.
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Board Hosts August NE Region Advocacy Meeting

Posted: 7/26/2013
OSDA LogoThe Board is pleased to be the host County for the August NE Region Advocacy Meeting sponsored by the Ohio Self Determination Association (http://www.ohiosda.org/). The Ohio Self Determination Association strongly supports self-advocacy and promotes regional opportunities for self advocates and advocates from different counties getting together to share what they are already doing to create an awareness of disability issues and to learn from what is happening in other counties.
The August meeting will be held on August 21, 2013 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Kent American Legion – Underwood Hall, 1945 Mogadore Road, Kent, Ohio (Google Maps). Nine individuals from Portage County's self-advocacy group, Stepping Out: Leading with Abilities, will be attending. (Click here to view Stepping Out's Facebook page.) The August meeting will focus on how to live where and how you want to and housing options.
Debra and Nicole helping with self-advocacy.The Board and Superintendent Macke extend sincere appreciation and thanks to Service and Support Administrators (SSAs), Debra Gordon and Nicole Nadasky, for making the local arrangements to host this meeting. Ms. Gordon and Nadasky have been very involved with Stepping Out and will also be attending the meeting.

Self-Advocacy Group Attends OSDA Meeting

Posted: 6/24/2013
Here is Portage County's self-advocacy group standing in front of a van.
Here is Stepping Out: Leading with Abilities, Portage County’s self-advocacy group, leaving to attend their first Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA) meeting.
OSDA strongly supports self-advocacy through monthly meetings that provide regional opportunities for self-advocacy and advocates from different counties to get together and share what they are already doing to create awareness of disability issues and to learn from what is happening in other counties.
June’s meeting focused on how to build and maintain healthy friendships and relationships.
(left-to-right): Carly, Nena, Debbie (PCBDD-SSA), Darlene, and Nikki (PCBDD-SSA)

Down Syndrome by Megan Rothermel

Posted: 6/7/2013
Hi my name is Megan Rothermel. And I have down syndrome. My disorder has a heart defect which was repaired with surgery. I was at the age of five months. When I was born the doctors did not tell my mom, they took my dad out in the hall and told him. My dad took my grandma Rothermel out in the hall she was upset. My grandma Faye did not care how I looked all she wanted to do was hold me.
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Self-advocacy Council Chooses a Name

Posted: 4/25/2013
Self Advocates of Portage County have selected a name for their group: Stepping Out: Leading with Abilities.