What is Self-Advocacy?
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.

Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
So that you have the knowledge needed to succeed and are given the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.

For more information contact Sandi at 419-947-9222, ex.220

Project STIR is short for Project Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility. It is a training program for self-advocates designed to provide people with developmental disabilities with tools to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy, and gain leadership experiences.

People First of Ohio assists people with disabilities who are self-advocates to talk about their needs and rights with people in their communities. Self-advocates make sure that people with disabilities have the right to do what they want in their lives, are responsible for their own choices, and have the right to live and do things in the community like other citizens.

The Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities. They help to provide adults living with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities.

Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination: Ways to get involved

Ohio Association of Self- Determination
Ohio Project STIR information can be found on this site

People First of Ohio

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered

Association of People Supporting People First (APSE)

Americans with Disabilities Act

Disability Scoop

University of North Carolina Project STIR Website


Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Disability Rights Ohio

Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center

Whetstone Industries

(Adult services)

  • 419.947.9222

Whetstone Center

(Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities)

  • 419.947.1159

Upcoming Schedule

April 28, 2020
  • MCBDD Board Meeting

    April 28, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Morrow County Board of Disabilities (Whetstone Center) 406 Bank Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338

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May 26, 2020
  • MCBDD Board Meeting

    May 26, 2020  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Morrow County Board of Disabilities (Whetstone Center) 406 Bank Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338

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