Developmental disabilities are not uncommon, but as a whole, our society tends to shy away from disability-related topics. We know that sparking conversation is the first step to sparking tangible and positive change, so we’d like to equip you with resources that will help you feel confident when discussing developmental disabilities. Check out our information on person-first language to learn how to use it and why it matters! Scroll down to find information on what a developmental disability is or to gain further insight into disability rights history in the United States.
Download our “Words Have Power: Person-First Language” HERE
Download “So…How Do I Refer to Someone with a Disability” HERE
Download our What Is Inclusion file here: What Is Inclusion
Additional Online Resources
Whether you want to be a part of an online community, are looking for more information, or want to increase your awareness about developmental disability rights, you’ve come to the right place! Check out these awesome online resources below to see which ones would best benefit you and your loved ones!
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities exists to improve the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families, wherever they chose to live, work, and spend their day. This website has the latest news related to the DD community in Ohio, as well as relevant information for you and your family.
The Arc of Ohio
The Arc of Ohio is a statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens, and professionals in the disability field. This organization advocates for human rights, personal dignity, and community participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through legislative and social action.
Special Books By Special Kids (SBSK)
Founded in 2016, SBSK is a 501(c)3 organization that seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity, and collaboration. This multi-media movement supports the acceptance and celebration of all members of the neurodiverse community regardless of diagnosis, age, race, religion, income, sexual orientation, gender, or gender expression. Be sure to check out SBSK’s Youtube Channel as well for informative and compelling interviews!