Happy Summer to Everyone!
Spring just flew by and there were so many exciting things that happened at SIL that have had such a positive impact on our local communities.
In May we had Older American’s Month, Pride Day in June, as well as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Olmsted Decision celebrated it’s 22-year anniversary….and I am only hitting the tip of the iceberg with respect to all the disability recognition days! We were thankful, yet cautious, when Governor DeWine lifted the state mandate, allowing the world to “re-open.” This was vital to SIL and the people we serve, so we have been able to begin to deliver more of our amazing services in person! For those who are still hesitant about face-to-face contact, we still offer virtual trainings and meetings.
At the beginning of June, SIL hosted a virtual regional Youth Leadership Forum for the second year in a row. This wonderful event was sponsored in part by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC). Delegates were educated on advocacy, public policy, the Independent Living movement, career preparation, resume building, and aspects of leadership. We wish the 2021 graduates the best in their future endeavors.
July 1st marks my one-year anniversary as the agency’s Executive Director. I look back on all that has occurred in my time and am so proud of all the obstacles we have overcome, and accomplishments achieved by the staff during a global pandemic. I am also proud of the consumers we serve who reached out when they needed support and did not know who to turn to. Everyone grew this past year.
With vaccinations readily available these days, the light is at the end of this pandemic tunnel. We still have work to do, but exciting times are on the horizon.
With regard to COVID-19 vaccines, depending on your personal preferences, should you or a family member, caregiver, neighbor, or friend need assistance with scheduling a vaccine appointment, need help getting to a vaccine appointment or need a companion the day of your appointment – please call us, we are here to help!
I wish you all a safe and healthy summer, enjoy your friends and family, relax, and soak up the sun. SIL staff and I will be doing the same things, in addition to gearing up for summer programs and prepping for fall events and trainings. Keep checking back to our website for all the exciting details or call us to find out more!
And as always, remember, we are IN IT WITH YOU!