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.
What does self advocacy mean?
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 First Baptist Church 6003 State Route 193 Kingsville, Ohio 44048 from 5:00pm- 6:00pm.
For more information call
David Lovejoy at (440)335-1554 or
Joni Arcaro at (440) 335-1546
Click here to view a guide for Disability Etiquette