BELLEFONTAINE – Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities clients who are trained in self-advocacy are teaching others to speak for themselves. Trainers Ty Ferguson and Junior Baker offered the Ohio Self Determination Association’s Project STIR, Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility, workshop recently at the Hilliker YMCA.
This training taught attendees from Logan and Shelby counties about rights and responsibilities, learning more about oneself, communicating respectfully but assertively, problem solving and negotiating, advocacy, self-determination, and being more involved in the world. The two-day session featured several activities and skits that required the participants to present in front of the group and articulate their needs and wants.
“Now that these new advocates have finished their training, they have the tools to train their friends and co-workers to become advocates. Ty and Junior are passionate about helping others to become stronger advocates and hope to train every single person in Ohio to stand up for themselves,” Logan County Board of DD Community First Coordinator Kelli Bader said.
Logan County now has 33 trained advocates. Bader says the next training offered by the Advocacy trainers of Logan County will be to future high-school graduates. This training will be offered in March and will be designed to address the challenges these young people will face while transitioning to adulthood.
FANs Network members the Hilliker YMCA, Lisa Davidson and Mad River Title Agency supported the training through donations of the facility and food. The Logan County Board of DD and RTC Industries provided training support and the Shelby County Board of DD assisted people from Shelby County to attend. The training was open to the public.
Submitted by the Logan County Department of Developmental Disabilities.