Disability Rights

On Monday, August 16, 2021, representatives from the OHIO YAB and ACTION Ohio held a virtual focus group with Disability Rights Ohio. Personal experiences shared by individuals included substandard education in residential placements and not being diagnosed with dyslexia until high school.

Above is a diagram that illustrates the key themes that arose. Many thanks to Disability Rights Ohio for their willingness to explore solutions and give a voice to current and former foster youth.

Moving forward, the OHIO YAB would like for county boards of developmental disabilities to be better informed when it comes to:

  • Resources that exist to support former foster youth
  • Trauma experienced by former foster youth, such as the high rate of PTSD

The OHIO YAB proposes cross-training for developmental disability service providers in order to help them to better understand youth who have experienced both foster care and a disability. The purpose would be to inform and empower these providers better support foster youth who are transitioning from foster care to developmental disability board services.

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