Individuals with the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities continue to become better advocates for themselves and others.
Recently, Ty Ferguson went to an audition for a spot on the Ohio Self Determination Association’s Council of Ohio Leaders, or COOL, and was chosen to be a member. At the same time, she was named an Ohio Leader Advocacy trainer for Project Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility, or STIR, after a successful interview.
Ms. Ferguson’s responsibilities will include attending quarterly COOL board meetings and she will also be given opportunities to train people at Project STIR trainings. She is a member of the Southwest District of Ohio and will serve her county, district, and state through her self-determination efforts.
With the help of the LCBDD and RTC Industries, she first attended a Project STIR training in 2014 and has made it her mission to pay it forward by helping others learn about advocacy and the responsibilities that come with making decisions.
Since that time, Ms. Ferguson has assisted and led multiple trainings in Logan County and has spoken to groups in the surrounding counties. She is proud to be the first member of the Council of Ohio Leaders from Logan County and is available to talk with anyone needing help learning to self-determination principles.
In addition, fellow associates Jacob Hawk and Joe Van Voorhis graduated from a week-long Project STIR training in Newark in mid-May. They are hoping to use their new skills to help assist other people to find their voices and better serve their communities.
More information about the Ohio Self Determination Association can be found at www.osdaohio.org/index.html