Advocacy & Inclusion lisadanford May 28, 2024

Advocacy & Inclusion

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services works to empower people with disabilities to create a vision and develop communities that can help them achieve their best life. In 2023, more than 500 people engaged in social connection opportunities.

Our community navigators work to bridge the gap between disability-based supports and natural supports in the community. This includes sharing information, skill building and connection opportunities.

Cathy Melvin has attended the PigAbilities Meetups for the past two years. “I thought it would be good exercise,” she said. “I like the people and talking to them. I love doing this with Ann because she’s nice.”

Our advocacy team works to provide training, encouragement and additional tools so people with developmental disabilities can effectively advocate for themselves or others.

“I think it’s important for communities to come together and advocate together for causes, rights, and actions,” said Amy Hayden, a member of Neighbors in Action. “We learn together to speak for ourselves and others to make an impact in the world.”

Learn more about community navigation and advocacy here.

A group of five adults, including two in wheelchairs, posing in front of a bus with the logo "go METRO ACCESS." They are smiling and appear to be outside on a sunny day.
Two people smiling at an outdoor event, with one wearing a purple wig and patterned jacket, and the other in a pink hoodie and cap. Trees and a basketball court are visible in the background.