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We believe that all people with disabilities should be treated as equal and be able to speak up for what they want by serving as leaders and working together as a team with all members of the community. People First of Ashtabula County recognizes that people with developmental disabilities are people first. Our purpose is to promote self-advocacy by speaking and acting on behalf of the rights and responsibilities of all persons with developmental disabilities.

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What does self advocacy mean?

  • Feeling strong

  • Feeling good about ourselves

  • Respecting others rights, speaking out for our own; showing respect not disrespect

  • Making our own decisions about where to live and work

  • Taking chances. Learning from our mistakes

  • Getting all of the information

  • Deciding what we want to do

  • Finding out what and who will support us in doing what we want to do

  • Knowing our rights and responsibilities

  • Problem solving when things go wrong

  • Taking charge and speaking out on our own behalf


Why should you join Ashtabula County People First?


1. To meet other individuals

2. To learn about the stuff we talk about

3. To let your voice be heard

When does Ashtabula County People First meet?

People First Meetings are held every 3rd Friday of the month,
at the Vitality Supported Living 471 Madison Street Conneaut, OH 44030 from 5:00pm- 6:30pm.

For more information call
David Lovejoy at (440)335-1554

Click here to view a guide for Disability Etiquette