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Dream With Us!

Tickets Now Available!

Come Dream With Us: The Future is Accessible!
An Event to Support The Center for Disability Empowerment
CDE provides support and resources to people with any disability to be participants and contributors as they live, learn, worship and play alongside everyone in the community!
Thursday, October 12, 2023 / 5:00-7:00 PM
Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210
5-6PM Enjoy Hors D’Oeuvres, Beer, Wine, Soda
6-7PM Guest Speaker – Joe Shapiro
Tickets $75 per person. Click here:

With thanks to our sponsors:
Metropolitan Building Solutions/Ohio Health/US Bank/
Wells CPA, LLC/Ohio TASH
Featured Keynote by Joe Shapiro, Award Winning Journalist, Investigations Correspondent
Joe Shapiro is an NPR Correspondent assigned to its Investigations Unit. He takes on long form radio projects about social policy, criminal justice, health and other issues. He is known for his ground- breaking reporting on disability, which he has covered for more than 35 years. Shapiro is the author of “No Pity, People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement”, which is considered a “classic” on disability.
For accessibility accommodation requests contact dirving@disabilityempowerment.net

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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

First Columbus Power and Pride Parade


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

Hospital Visitation

COVID-19 Resource Center

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