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REM Ohio Seeks Public Support for those with Developmental Disabilities

UPublish story by Crystal Brodzenski

OHIO – The campaign theme for Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month 2013 is “Look Beyond!” We are inviting people to look beyond an individual's disability to picture that person's potential, seeing the individual's unique capabilities and abilities. REM Ohio and other related organizations celebrate DD Awareness Month in March, and invite you to embrace the important message of this year’s theme.

Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with DD are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Look Beyond!” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools strong and engaged communities emerge.

"This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve," said Jo Spargo, REM Ohio Executive Director. “During DD Awareness Month, we encourage all communities to join together and learn more about those who have developmental disabilities. We all need to recognize that everyone has talents and abilities and this blend of diversity makes our community and state a great place to live.”

REM Ohio plans to participate in the statewide DD Awareness Month Kickoff Event in Columbus, Ohio. This year, the annual DD Awareness Month Kickoff and statewide Legislative Advocacy Day activities will be hosted together. The 2013 Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Event will be on March 5, 2013 at the Ohio Statehouse, combining the two efforts previously held separately. Attendance at this event is open to all. The awareness event will spotlight many opportunities that are emerging in this spirit around the state.

During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, you are encouraged to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that when we look beyond disabilities, we accomplish more!

For more information on how you can bring awareness to your community all year long please visit


About REM Ohio

REM Ohio provides an array of high-quality services for people with developmental disabilities and other complex conditions throughout the state, with a state headquarters located in Akron, Ohio and additional locations in Akron, Cambridge, Cleveland, Toledo, Columbus, Troy, and Cincinnati. The company currently employs 394 part time and 857 full time employees. The individuals and families supported by REM Ohio have a variety of needs, all of which are met within the communities where they live, work, and play. Because each person’s needs and preferences are different – and often change over time – REM Ohio offers a range of community-based residential and non-residential programs and supports.

REM Ohio is a member of The MENTOR Network, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality, community-based services to adults and children of all abilities. Founded in 1980, The MENTOR Network has evolved from a single residential program to a national network of local human services providers, offering an array of services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other catastrophic injuries and illnesses; youth with emotional, behavioral and medically complex challenges; and elders in need of home care.

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