My Life – Winter 2024 lisadanford January 12, 2024

My Life – Winter 2024

Welcome to the Winter 2024 edition of My Life magazine! This issue includes stories to inspire you to follow your passions and take care of your physical and mental health.

Our cover story features four local entrepreneurs who found a way to make money doing something they love. Morgan Godfrey sews fun bandanas for dogs; Maggie Neumann bakes mini-cheesecakes in her wheelchair-accessible kitchen; Aaron Strait expresses himself through painting cityscapes and trains; and Jakob Sidney prints his whimsical art on everything from cards to apparel.

A collage of four people with disabilities-two young women and two young men. They are all part of a cover story about entrepreneurs with disabilities

In this issue, Demetrius Scott and Anna Leah Swafford talk about their experiences with a job coach, and we explore the increasingly popular world of adaptive and accessible video gaming.

During the cold and dark days of the season, some people get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is more than just “winter blues.” Psychologist Dr. Lauren Jones shares the symptoms and advice for seeking help. Local fitness instructor Anna Hall also has tips to build healthier habits in the new year. She demonstrates a few simple exercises to get more physical activity and improve your health.

We’re also excited to introduce a new feature—In Focus—that shares photos from recent local events! Finally, in our 5 Questions interview, we talked to Ohio Department of DD Director Kim Hauck. She discusses how she got into this field, the biggest challenges of the job, and more.

Happy reading!

Look for free copies of My Life in our buildings, throughout the community, and at the library branches in Deer Park, Blue Ash, Anderson Township, Monfort Heights, Oakley, College Hill, Mt. Healthy and Mariemont. You can also download a PDF here, find the digital flipbook on Issuu or read it below.

You can also listen to an audio version here, thanks to our partnership with the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI). You can access this on the Amazon Echo by Alexa. Say, “Alexa, open Cincinnati Radio Reading Services.” Then say, “Alexa, Play My Life Magazine.” To hear previous issues, say “Alexa Previous.”

If you have questions, comments, or story ideas for future issues, send us a message at magazine@hamiltondds.org.

My Life is created by and for people with disabilities in our community. Each issue includes a letter from our superintendent, Leia Snyder, along with stories from people in our community and events you’ll want to put on your calendar.