Integration & Community Resources
Hamilton County DD Services and Hamilton County providers seek to deliver integration services in accordance with federal law. These integration services ensure the opportunity for all people to have:
- a home that reflects their identity and their choices.
- contributions of their own gifts, talents, and interests to neighbors and the larger community. This may be organic, formal volunteering, paid employment, or a combination of all.
- a regular life in the community.
Integration is best demonstrated when there are clear give-and-take, routine relationships and engagement between a person with a disability and others, such as neighbors, friends, club members, those at places they frequent, and employers. Integration seeks to move past "activities" and promote "engagement," which is emblematic of relationships and becoming part of a community. To see examples of how other people are building connections in their own communities, check out our stories page.
Hamilton County DD Services is available to consult with providers on any and all aspects of integration, including what integration looks like, how to implement it effectively, and how to evidence it. For expert support, contact Eric Metzger at (513) 559-6695.
For support finding community resources, see the United Way's 2-1-1 guide here or call 2-1-1 to speak to someone.