DD Board Member Derek Upp to Speak at Statehouse

Kicking off National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, this year’s Awareness and Advocacy Day will take place from 10 to 11 am on March 12, 2024 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Presented both in-person and virtually the event will welcome hundreds of advocates and stakeholders from throughout Ohio, calling attention to issues affecting the lives of citizens with disabilities.

Featured speakers include Governor Mike DeWine and Director of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Kim Hauck. The day will include an exchange of information between advocates and legislators, a panel of guests, live entertainment, and the opportunity to share best practices for self-advocating.

This year, the pinnacle of the program will be a discussion with Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities Board Member Derek Upp. Upp is just one of eight people who received support from a County DD Board and currently serves as a member of a County Board.

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, he has been involved locally with organizations such as Southeastern Ohio Center for Independent Living, No Limits Basketball, and Ohio State Rec Sports Camp Recky. He is employed by Lindsay Honda and was appointed to the Fairfield County Board of DD by the Commissioners in 2019.

Following the program, self-advocates from across the state will participate in meetings with legislators to discuss issues of importance to them.

Learn how to watch the live stream of the event.

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