Advocacy Group Now Independent sarah November 22, 2022

Advocacy Group Now Independent

We’re excited to announce that Neighbors in Action, the council of advocates with developmental disabilities is now fully independent!

On Nov. 18, Neighbors in Action leader James Harley signed an agreement with HCDDS Superintendent Leia Snyder reflecting this new partnership.

“It means having a direct say in advocacy here in Hamilton County. It means a lot,” Harley said.

Neighbors in Action will set its own advocacy agenda, conduct its business, elect officers, pursue opportunities, and help develop a new generation of self-determined advocates.

Historically, County Boards of DD have been supporters of advocacy groups like Neighbors in Action, however, they have also acted as quasi-supervisors or stewards of these groups. This agreement represents a new vision and commitment to giving people with developmental disabilities a voice in Hamilton County.

We’re thankful to everyone who helped make this happen, including those pictured: (seated) James Harley, Anna Leah Swafford, Ryan Meyer, and Robert Shuemak. (Standing) Amber Cowart, Leia Snyder, and Eric Metzger.

Neighbors in Action meets at 5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month via Zoom. Check back soon for an updated flyer with additional details. 

Interested in joining? Contact Amber Cowart for details. 

Seven indivuals gathered in a conference room to celebrate their advocacy group becoming independent. Four members are seated at the table and three individuals are standing behind them.
A man and woman seated indoors, shaking hands while smiling at the camera.