January 28, 2019
All five of Ohio’s Easterseals affiliates will join together February 6 in Columbus for the 2019 Ohio Easterseals Advocacy Day at the State Capitol. We are thrilled that Angela Williams, President and CEO of the national Easterseals organization, will join us in sharing the story of Easterseals with the state’s elected officials and other dignitaries.
This is an especially meaningful year as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Easterseals’ founding right here in Ohio. Originally created to serve people with disabilities, Easterseals has since expanded its mission to also create opportunity and break down barriers for those facing disadvantages and veterans.
As part of Easterseals’ state visit, Easterseals will honor newly inaugurated Ohio Governor Mike DeWine with the Ray of Hope Award. One of his first executive actions as governor was to sign an executive order establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities.
According to the order, “is the policy of this administration to encourage and support individuals with disabilities to fully participate in the social and economic life of Ohio and engage in competitive integrated employment.” This is a powerful moment as Easterseals begins its second century of service and continues its work in changing the way the world defines and views disability.
We look forward to working with Gov. DeWine and Ohio legislators to make profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.