People First Ohio

A note from Laura E. Bordeau of Disability Rights Ohio

Disability Rights Ohio is representing students with disabilities in a class action against the State of Ohio challenging the adequacy of special education funding.  As part of this work, DRO needs data that the state keeps about all students.  The Court has ordered that before the state gives this data to DRO, the state must provide notice to students and parents that the data will be released.  In an effort to reach as many parents and students as possible, DRO is widely distributing the notice, including posting it on our website.  We encourage you to share this information with your members and list serves as you deem appropriate.  You can direct questions about this notice to DRO’s intake line at 1-800-282-9181, option 2.  Click here, to see notice.

DRO, partners notify Ohio officials: State DD system violates Americans with Disabilities Act

Media Contact Information:
Stacy Brannan-Smith
Disability Rights Ohio
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614-466-7264, Ext. 101

For the past 18 months, Disability Rights Ohio attorneys and advocates have been engaged in an extensive review of the system of residential services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ohio.

The review was originally prompted by an ongoing concern over the fact that Ohio leads the nation in the number of people in large congregate, institutional living facilities.  For thousands of these individuals, this constitutes a violation of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court's holding in Olmstead v. L.C., which require the State to serve people with disabilities in the most integrated, least restrictive setting in the community appropriate to their individual needs.

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The People First of Ohio Mission:

We believe that all people with disabilities should be treated as equal and be able to speak up for what they want by serving as leaders and working together as a team with all members of the community.

People First of Ohio helps to set up local chapters made up of people with disabilities who are self-advocates. These chapters try to work on local issues by talking with others about their needs and rights with people in their communities. Make sure you have the right to make choices in your life and to take responsibility for those choices.

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