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Building Inclusive Communities

Isolation and segregation continue to impede the full participation of individuals with disabilities and their families in the communities in which they live. A purposeful examination of the issues and strategies to address them are provided in five virtual presentations to create more welcoming, inclusive communities.

For Individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers

  • Friends and neighbors
  • Professionals Government Officials
  • Faith based communities Business leaders
  • Civic organizations
    ….and anyone who believes that our communities are incomplete unless everyone belongs

For more information, please click here.



We’re here to help

If you’re a person with a disability who lives in Franklin or Delaware County Ohio, the Center for Disability Empowerment (CDE) can help you find resources to live, learn, worship, work and play alongside people who do not have disabilities.

Our community-based, non-residential center is under your direction and guided by your choices. We will help you create an Independent Living Plan (ILP) with the steps and resources you need to reach your goals, whether they’re big or small. Here are a few examples:

  • Learn skills, such as how write a letter, interview for a job, manage money, or apply for benefits
  • Find services, such as transportation options, healthy resources, or personal care assistance
  • Defend your rights, by gaining access, speaking up, or working for broader change

CDE’s assistance is completely free for people with disabilities of any age.

Ready to get started? Click on one of the top tabs to learn more, or get in touch. We will be happy to hear from you!

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Micah Hetrick assists Governor John Kasich in signing Ohio’s Employment First Executive Order, March 2012

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COVID-19

From Disability Rights Ohio:

Because of the pandemic, healthcare providers may make changes to the way patients receive care. However, patients with disabilities cannot be denied treatment because of their disability.

Use these Factsheets to learn more about your Healthcare Rights during COVID-19:

Healthcare Rights: https://bit.ly/3kPhZI2

Hospital Visitation: https://bit.ly/34ccTzB

COVID-19 Resource Center:
https://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/covid19

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