Award amount: $85,000 per year
Duration: 2022 - 2026
Grantee: The Ohio State University
Council staff contact: Leslie Connelly
Project description: Youth with disabilities need advocacy skills to achieve their goals and independence. It is never too early to start teaching these skills. There are few advocacy education programs for youth with disabilities in Ohio. The Ohio DD Council will fund a project to increase and improve the (1) support children and youth with DD receive from families, schools, direct service providers, and other entities to learn advocacy and leadership skills; (2) opportunities children and youth with DD have to use advocacy skills in educational planning and all decision-making; and (3) advocacy and leadership skills of children and youth with DD for them to speak on their own behalf.