Logan County Board of DD self-advocate Jacob Hawk will soon use his friendly personality and attention to detail to help others with developmental disabilities say whether or not their needs are being met.
Hawk was chosen from 500 candidates statewide to participate in a recent training session at Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center. OSU has partnered with other organizations, including the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, to take a new approach on who facilitates the National Core Indicator interviews with people receiving developmental disability services. Self-advocates, like Hawk, were chosen through an application process to take a class on how to interview their peers. The idea is that clients will feel more comfortable talking to a person who has experienced similar services and be able to offer an honest evaluation of how the programs in Ohio are faring.
Hawk is looking forward to putting what he learned into action. He says, “I am very interested in helping others express their feelings about the services they receive.”
The National Core Indicators’ mission is to understand the overall health of public developmental disabilities agencies. It is a voluntary effort to measure and track its own performance. The core indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety. National Core Indicators has long served to provide policy-makers, advocates and self-advocates with valid and reliable data that can serve to improve the quality of services and supports.
Hawk is a trained advocate working at RTC Industries and Goodwill. He enjoys activities with his church, the Logan County Board of DD Aktion Club and Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club in his spare time. He resides in Bellefontaine and is a big fan of Ohio State University football.
Submitted by the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities.