Project STIR™ Training

[Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility]

July 15-17, 2019
Holiday Inn - West Chester
5800 Muhlhauser Road 45069
Find details on the hotel's services and location here

This event is FREE for Hamilton County residents. Register by June 15.
IMPORTANT: If you live outside Hamilton County and would like to attend, contact Dana Charlton at or (614) 562-1375 for pricing and more details.

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This training is designed to provide you and your ally tools to advocate for yourself, connect with others, and gain leadership skills.

Training topics are targeted for youth and adults age 18-30 with disabilities and those who support them

Topics include:
  • Speaking up about employment (a job) and other things important to you
  • Knowing yourself and standing up for yourself
  • Communicating (effective and non-effective ways)
  • Solving Problems (individually and as a group)
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Tools to help you find a job
  • Learn to start or strengthen a local network group
  • Plan next steps for training and leading others
  • Self determination

Training include:
  • Lodging, food, and training materials for both the participant and the ally providing support
  • Hotel room for two nights for Hamilton County participants and allies - you will need to book the room yourself, but Hamilton County DD Services will cover the cost. Details on this process will be provided when you complete your registration.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks on days two and three - dinner each evening is "on your own"
  • Access to all presentation slides, handouts, and links to other information used during the training
  • 18 hours of continuing education credit for both the participant and the ally

You won't want to miss this training Opportunity!
  • Presented by trainers who live with a disability and are approved by the Council of Ohio Leaders (COOL) of the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA)
  • Space for 30 individuals who live with a disability - each with an ally (family, staff, or friend) who will be trained with you and support you during the training. Ask a person to be your ally who is willing to commit to assist you in local advocacy efforts and, if you choose, to share what you learn with others locally and to network with others
  • Provides the practical "how to" tools to be a self-advocate and leader in making choices and decisions about a job and how to live your life
  • Empowers people with disabilities, with support from families, friends, and other connections, to use leadership skills to take charge of their lives
  • Develops or strengthens local advocacy groups by establishing structure, purpose, and connections with others, including the business community
  • Provides 18 continuing education credits to persons certified to work at a county board of DD and meets private provider certification training requirements of DODD
  • Uses a "train the trainer" approach, originally developed by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with funding from the Administration of Developmental Disabilities, and is based on activities from their Speak Up Guide that helps one who lives with a disability to self advocate and to lead their own training and their Road to Work Manual that helps one to learn about tools that can help him or her find a job

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For questions or more information, contact Dana Charlton at (614) 562-1375 or

This event is presented by the Ohio Self Determination Association and Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services