Hamilton County has an active advocacy community working on inclusion, accessibility, voting rights, housing and a variety of other issues. Many individuals and family members serve on boards or committees and are active in efforts to make the community better. Advocates with developmental disabilities share their unique gifts, traits, opinions, contributions and needs with the community.
Hamilton County DD Services has two advocacy support advisers: Diana Mairose and Robert Shuemak. They are a resource to provide quality information, training, encouragement and additional tools so families and individuals can effectively advocate for themselves or others.
Advocacy means letting others know what is important to and for you. You can take part in what's important in your life, either on your own or with people you choose to help you. You don't need special talents or permission to advocate for yourself or others.
This starts with getting to know what you need and want in life, and helping others get to know you. It's important to find ways to let others know how we think and feel and work out our differences.
Helping OthersWhatever your disability, you have so much to offer! As you learn to use your voice and make choices to improve your life, you may want to share your gifts and talents to help others have a good life, too.
Public PolicyAs you figure out what issues are important in your life, you may want to work together to improve rules, laws, and how others are treated. You can work with organizations and people to improve lives.
Contact Diana Mairose, (513) 559-6636 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Robert Shuemak, (513) 559-6987 or email@example.com, to learn more.