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Black History Month, Inclusion Style (2/19/21)

As we celebrate Black History Month, I’m proud to be alive to witness the first Black woman elected Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris. With that being a great accomplishment, we mustn’t forget those trailblazers with disabilities who fought for equality. Often when celebrating equality, people with disabilities... Read more...

Guardianship for Older Adults with Disabilities: A Double-Edged Sword (2/3/21)

Guardianships are meant to be grounded in total trust. Guardians are fiduciaries"individuals who hold legal or ethical relationship of trust with one or more parties. Along with being trustworthy, they are meant to have high levels of honesty and confidentiality. The intent is for them to protect those who are... Read more...

New Year, New Beginnings (1/22/21)

We made it to a new year, and a new year means you have an opportunity to start over. Let’s just get it out the way and say, “2020 was such a hard year for many.” The whole world was in turmoil, and although we’re not quite out of the woods... Read more...

Peer Support: Why It’s So Important (1/12/21)

At the outset, it is important to note that peer support should be viewed as a continuum--from informal connections to formal programming to formal agency structures. It can be as simple as two friends chatting and supporting each other. However, the peer support framework can be much more structured, such... Read more...

Handling Holiday Depression (12/17/20)

Let's be honest, many people suffer from depression during the holidays. Although I love the holidays, I'm aware that sadness from financial strain, loneliness and loss of loved ones can impact people's minds this time of the year. Adding a global pandemic does not help. Read more...

Give Thanks (11/24/20)

2020 has been a trying year. Between COVID, racial injustice and the presidential election, it’s a miracle people have been able to keep their sanity. Read more...

Help Us Show Them Someone Cares (11/13/20)

In the spring, we launched our first project with our partners at the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County and Catholic Charities Ashland County. Their dedicated volunteers penned hand-written notes for every patient at Ohio’s six state-run psychiatric hospitals"1,100 in all. Each patient also received a poem written... Read more...

Happiness through the Hours of Darkness (10/28/20)

Daylight Saving Time will end this Sunday, November 1. Read more...

Your Voice (9/22/20)

It will be time to vote in the 2020 presidential general election in less than two months. Read more...

Finding Success with Project FIND (7/9/20)

Recently I collaborated with law enforcement when a provider staff member had seriously physically injured an individual who was served by the county board. Read more...

I Can’t Breathe . . . (6/4/20)

“I can’t breathe…” Those words keep ringing in my head. Read more...

COVID isolation increases risk of abuse in nursing homes (4/17/20)

The current world-wide public health crisis has drawn attention to the fact that seniors with disabilities are at the highest risk of becoming ill after exposure to COVID-19. Read more...

A First-Hand Experience with Online Counseling during COVID-19 (4/14/20)

While we are all adjusting to the new day-to-day life of social distancing and shelter-in-place rules, I felt it was important to share my experience with mental health telemedicine. Read more...

Coronavirus & Disabilities (4/7/20)

As the epidemic of the Coronavirus has invaded the entire world, we’re left with a lot of uncertainties of what’s going to happen to life as we know it. Read more...

Watching for abuse during this time of isolation (3/31/20)

As our society moves from a community setting into one of isolation, there are many invisible repercussions for individuals with disabilities. One of the most concerning is the very high likelihood that abuse of individuals with disabilities will increase and reporting of the alleged abuse will decrease. Read more...

Go get some fresh air! Just keep your distance (3/27/20)

In the interest of helping people get outside safely, the Adult Advocacy Centers have compiled a list of links of accessible outdoor parks, gardens and trails around Ohio. Read more...

Older adults with disabilities and our public health crisis (3/24/20)

This is a special message from Dr. Spore in the wake of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Read more...

Intersection of substance abuse and addiction with elder abuse and neglect (3/17/20)

This is the fifth in a series of blogs from Dr. Spore about the importance of the Adult Advocacy Centers’ work. Read more...

Russell and Myra Strand bring together community in AACs, UD event (3/12/20)

In November 2019, the University of Dayton’s Brook Center’s Sexual Violence Prevention Education Department reached out to the Adult Advocacy Centers to discuss a possible collaboration. Read more...

Thanks for Paving the Way: Black History Month 2020 (2/25/20)

As I celebrate Black History Month, I must say, I’m proud of my culture and how far we’ve come. Read more...

Victim to Survivor: Self-Empowerment with Trauma-Informed Care (2/14/20)

This is the fourth in a series of blogs from Dr. Spore about the importance of the Adult Advocacy Centers’ work. Read more...

Human Trafficking a Concern for Disability Community (1/23/20)

Human trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 24.9 million people around the world. Although trafficking can happen to anyone, traffickers target vulnerable populations who have significant risk factors, such as people with substantial trauma histories, people with disabilities, runaway or homeless young adults, and people who... Read more...

Victimization of Individuals with Disabilities Linked with Dementia (1/8/20)

This is the third in a series of blogs from Dr. Spore about the importance of the Adult Advocacy Centers’ work. Read more...

The Hidden Cycle of Violence: Family Caregiver and Elderly Care Recipient Abuse (12/17/19)

This is the second in a series of blogs from Dr. Spore about the importance of the Adult Advocacy Centers’ work. Read more...

The Vision of the Adult Advocacy Centers (11/22/19)

This is the first in a series of blogs from Dr. Spore about the importance of the Adult Advocacy Centers’ work. Read more...