OTTAWA - They elected officers for the 70th Chapter of the People First of Ohio.
First of Ohio helps to set up local chapters of people with disabilities who are self-advocates. The chapters focus on helping others with disabilities become self-advocates. Local Chapters work mostly on local issues.
Sadie Hunter, executive director of People First was present at the election of officers Monday morning. She said the organization has been in place since 1998.
Overseeing the election was Joellen Hunter, advocacy director for People First.
Self-advocates with the group represent themselves by talking about their needs and rights with people in their communities. Self-advocates make sure that people with disabilities have the right to do what they want in their lives, are responsible for their own choices , and have the right to live and do things in the community like other citizens.
One of People First's goals is to set up at least four new local chapters each year. Members, officers, staff and advisers of the organization give each chapter assistance, training, and support to help make community programs and policies more inclusive.
Leaders of People First are themselves people with disabilities.
Officers elected during the event included Those who were elected included Ashley Reindel, president; Lisa Hohenbrink, vice president; Teresa Austin, secretary; Kayla ley, treasurer; Ashley Hohenbrink, Sgt of Arms; and Kylee Berg, historian.
People First began in Ohio by a group of self-advocates who wanted to improve their abilities to represent themselves and to train others to be self-advocates. People First of Ohio has members are teens through adults.
Brookhill Center clients elect officers for People First Chapter