My Voice Ryan Braun March 13, 2022

My Voice


Anderson Twp. | 49 years old

Melinda enjoys educating people about Prader-Willi syndrome. “People don’t know about it and how serious it is. I think it’s important for them to understand how it can affect people’s lives,” she said. “I am most proud of helping people with disabilities who are learning to speak up for themselves.” She met Ms. America and the U.S. Secretary of Labor in 2004 at Goodwill and told them about issues people with disabilities face.

Photo by Amy Hayden


Springfield Twp. | 21 years old

Maxwell has been bowling since he was 9 years old and is part of a local league. “I am most proud of bowling a 300!” he said. “On the last frame, I was scared throwing the last ball because that’s usually when I mess up. But it was great that I did it and I was happy with myself.” Maxwell works at The Christian Village at Mt. Healthy, where he’s been for about three years. He also plays drums for a group at his church.



Amberley Village | 24 years old

Isabel is serving her first term on the Ohio DD Council, after being appointed by Gov. Mike DeWine. “I applied three times. It’s been a dream of mine,” she said. “The reason I wanted to be on the Developmental Disabilities Council is because I want to be the voice of my people and make a difference in the world and the community.”

Photo provided by Isabel Ganz