Emerging Advocates

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.