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As research continues to show that eating healthy and exercising leads to better cognitive functioning, a we have begun a new approach to helping adults with disabilities succeed in experiencing fuller, more connected lives. Exercise, meal planning and educational activities aimed at lowering stress for both staff and adults with disabilities are all incorporated into the new Health & Wellness Program being implemented by Cincinnati nonprofit Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD, Inc.).

“Including our professional team in our program is uniquely important as caretakers are often more focused on taking care of others than themselves and this can be stressful work at times. Staff are role models to those we work beside 

Kristin Harmeyer is Cincinnati nonprofit, Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD)'s health and wellness coordinator

and so their participating together in learning about making healthy choices will have far reaching implications,” said LADD Health and Wellness Coordinator Kristin Harmeyer.

Our Health and Wellness Program includes:

1) Improving physical fitness: Creating and implementing a fitness pilot program where she is assisting selected staff and individuals living at a LADD residence to develop personal health plans; expanding LADD’s Team participation in the Flying Pig Marathon 5K and other races; offering other exercise opportunities such as monthly yoga, a weekly strength training and aerobics class, and a wellness ladies night.

2. Improving nutrition: Creating and implementing a pilot program at LADD’s Victory Parkway residential facility where residents and staff review menus, make recommendations, shop and cook healthy meals focused on lowering cholesterol; and providing nutrition information.

3. Improving mental well-being: Creating and implementing a mind-body-wellness champion pilot program that involves a staff stress survey, trainings and activities aimed at lowering stress; and coordinating a wellness fair.

Harmeyer, who runs our Program, has an associate’s degree in health and fitness from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and a bachelors degree in athletic training from Northern Kentucky University. Her career at LADD spans 13 years. Prior to her newly created position, she has worked in direct support positions gaining experience in every agency department.

“All of us at LADD believe self-determination, independence and quality of life absolutely includes the right and the opportunity to be invested in one’s own well-being,” said Harmeyer. “My new role is such a personal passion for me not only because healthy living has always been my lifestyle, also because I care so much about the adults I spend my days with and I want to see them leading full, healthy lives.”

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Happy International Yoga Day! Did you know we offer free 30 minute yoga classes at Noon on Mondays and Fridays for our staff and friends…including those we spend our days with? And we have evening yoga classes on Thursdays at 7 pm. We hope to see you there!

Cincinnati nonprofit, LADD, offers free yoga classes.

 

The Yoga Groove

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Our A Midsummer’s Night Fling was a night we will always remember filled with music, dancing, laughs, friends and conversation at Mecklenburg Gardens in Cincinnati.

Our summer party was a fundraiser for and was presented by LADD’s Independent Resident Council, a group of adults with disabilities who we spend our days with who are living, learning, connecting and contributing in our community.

Please take a few minutes to look through our photo albums below…and don’t miss next year’s party!

2017 LADD's A Midsummer's Night Fling

Photobooth: 2017 LADD's A Midsummer's Night Fling

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Cincinnati nonprofit organization, LADD, Inc., which supports adults in Hamilton County with developmental disabilities, holds a monthly Independent Residents Council for adults who are living, working and thriving in Cincinnati.

Each last Wednesday evening of every month, our training room fills with adults who we know and love, community members who are living, learning, connecting and contributing every day. In our Independent Resident Council, we talk about information and events important to them; and then everyone has an opportunity to share news about their life… before eating pizza.

Jenny Crowe explained our upcoming IRC Retreats for those who hadn’t been. “We eat a lot, go to the bar, drive around in a boat, sit in the hot tub, and roast marshmallows,” she said.

Amy Thompson is the newest member of Cincinnati nonprofit, Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled's Independent Residents Council

Amy Thompson is our newest member of our Independent Residents Council! Amy loves her sports! She swims, runs track, throws the javelin, bowls, plays basketball and soccer, dances, and is a catcher in baseball. She won second place in a bowling tournament. It is great to have Amy with us as a member of our community!

 

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It is such an incredible gift to get to know someone and see their strengths, and come to realize those same strengths in yourself. Of meeting Dr. Temple Grandin and listening to her speech, our Jenny Crowe told us she liked the way Temple drew a map to organize the farming industry to improve the lives of cattle.

“She opened my mind to the intricacy of autism and the quality of life one can lead; and helped me to understand how to use my skills better with the people I teach,” Jenny said. “Temple helped me to understand that we are both visual thinkers and have usual talents; and we use the knowledge of people’s behavior to shape others to do what we do.”

Jenny Crowe in Cincinnati said meeting Dr. Temple Grandin opened her eyes to the intricacy of autism, and Jenny's own strengths.

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In an effort spearheaded by Cincinnati Councilman Kevin Flynn and Mayor John Cranley, we had been working for Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist Paul Daughtery testified in Cincinnati City Hall about the importance of passing resolutions for greater inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.the past year and a half with the City on employment inclusion and hiring of more people with disabilities; and building accessibility/ADA compliance and design in Cincinnati. On May 16, 2017 citizens, business and community leaders joined us in Cincinnati City Hall to support and give testimony before Cincinnati City Council members Chris Seelbach, P.G. Sittenfeld and Kevin Flynn in support of resolutions to strengthen the City’s livability for everyone.

And the votes were YES!

This is what was voted on.

YES – to expanding the CABA (Cincinnati Accessibility Board of Advisors – a board appointed by the City) to expand economic Matt Chaffin testified in Cincinnati City Hall about the importance of passing resolutions for greater inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.accessibility.
YES – to sending a request to City Council to develop more concrete solutions for expanding the workforce to include people with disabilities and strengthening accessibility in new and refurbished buildings in our neighborhoods.

 

 

 

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Please help us make history in Cincinnati!

Wendy is employed by LADD, a Cincinnati nonprofit organization whose work propels the inclusion and success of people with disabilities.On Tuesday, May 16th at City Hall, 801 Plum Street at 2 pm, the Cincinnati Education and Entrepreneurship Committee will be debating the city’s commitment to disability in their hiring practices, and accessibility of new and renovated buildings.

We are asking the city to implement inclusive hiring practices, and do a better job ensuring ALL of our new and renovated buildings are accessible. 

You can be a part of history in Cincinnati- making our city more inclusive and welcoming to all- all you have to do is show up and show that you care. In an election year, let’s make it clear to our elected officials that THESE ISSUES MATTER.

Also consider giving a two minute testimony on the following:

1)            Your experience being employed or hiring people with disabilities. We want the city to lead on economic inclusion for all—this means catching up with the hiring practices of others in our community.  Many are already pursuing 7% hiring goals and monitoring progress. 

2)            Disability should have the same rights as other minorities.  An aspirational goal of 1% of city contracts going to disability businesses is simply on par with what other groups get. 

3)            Building access for ALL matters.  When buildings get renovated with city dollars shouldn’t that mean everyone can access the building? 

We have been working hard for the last year and a half to get the City of Cincinnati to lead on employment inclusion/hire more people with disabilities and building access/ADA compliance and design.  Councilman Flynn and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley have been spearheading the effort.  Next week a report on disability employment inclusion and building access will be presented before City Council.  This report will be the precursor to hiring goals and building access standards for all.  HOWEVER, the report, although close to what we want, IS NOT exactly what we want.  (For a copy of this report, please email sbrownknight@laddinc.org).

Following Tuesday’s debate, Councilman Flynn will then propose to send the report back for updates.  Once the report is done a resolution can be drafted that will include hiring goals for city employees and access standards for buildings! 

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20 employees of Cincinnati nonprofit organization, LADD, and 20 people who have disabilities, participated in a workshop about being engaged and happy.

 

Four main things that make people happy:
helping other people
appreciating the lives we have
authenticity and self acceptance in recognizing who we really are
love and connection through personal, engaged relationships

 

At LADD, one of our strategic goals is to raise the bar, empowering people who have disabilities to have more meaningful relationships and more engaged lives…and that begins with conversation and expression. One way we are doing that is through fun, interactive and inclusive classes where our staff and adults who we spend our days working beside participate together.

Twenty employees of LADD and 20 people living in one of five of our residential programs attended the first afternoon workshop on happiness and engagement. After a presentation with Q&A on living life to its fullest, there were several activities designed for strengthening communication skills, practicing being mindful of being positive, and getting to know one another.

In Happiness Speed Dating, everyone spent two minutes learning about someone with whom they may or may not have already known…before switching to learn about someone else. In another game, everyone was given five random cards with an activity described on each one. If one of those activities was not something that made that person happy, they could swap cards with other people. And, in the end, have a handful of thoughts for what they may want to pursue to lead to greater fulfillment.

“We got such positive feedback from those who came that we can’t wait to hold more of these, and other types of workshops,” said DJ Gatwood, LADD director of community inclusion programs.

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3CDC has joined our growing list of employers who are seeing the benefits of hiring someone who has a disability through our Supported Employment Program. Steve Leeper, president & CEO of 3CDC, told us some of the reasons he values Troy are because, “Troy is timely, reliable, a people person and a team player. He takes pride in making sure that our office is neat, clean and presentable to the public.” Troy told us he enjoys working at 3CDC because, “I like to be included and I like to save my money to buy things.”

Please learn more about our Supported Employment Program, how your company can benefit from hiring someone with a disability here or by calling Diane at 513-861-5233.

 

Why hiring an employee with a disability has been good for 3CDC, a Cincinnati company.

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Our 2017 Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival featured more than 60 films that showcased the art, lives and stories of diverse people who have disabilities. One example, Stray Dog, was following a Veterans Brunch tribute. 

Gregory Nelson, a junior at Wright State University majoring in liberal arts, was one of our attendees and wrote this review of the film. 

 

“Stray Dog”

Today on March 11, I saw the movie “Stray Dog” at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati. The film is about a Vietnam War veteran (Ron), who goes by the name “Stray Dog”. Stray Dog was produced in a manner where he never spoke to the camera, and neither did anyone else. The camera crew strictly filmed Stray Dog and his interactions with people, in other words, was no acting in this movie. My opinions and thoughts on the movie will be found in the following paragraphs.

The film takes place in 2014 at Ron’s trailer in Missouri. The movie centers on Ron and his wife, and the people that are close to them. This documentary shows how Ron is no ordinary war veteran. Ron is juggling many responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include paying tribute to those that had lost their lives in all wars fought for the United States, helping those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, give advice to his granddaughters, help his wife reunite with her sons, and run a trailer park. There is a scene where Ron describes himself as not a good person, mainly due to his actions during the Vietnam War that he is ashamed of. He refuses to forgive himself, for he believes that if he does, he is dishonoring his fellow soldiers. Today, Ron gives back to the community in numerous ways. One small example would be how he gave one of the trailer park members a break on his rent. Overall, this documentary shows Ron giving back to the community, even though he has no obligation to do so.

Ron is someone who chooses to live with just the bare necessities. He does not want the finer qualities in life, as he feels that freedom is the greatest quality of life there is. Another aspect of Ron would be how he is acting like a father figure to his wife’s sons who had just moved to Missouri from Mexico, and a father figure to his daughter who is trying to raise her two children. Ron states many times, that without his wife, he would not be able to do what he does on a regular basis because she supports him in every aspect of his life. There are a few examples of when she goes to see her sons in Mexico, and Ron struggles to do basic tasks at home without her.

Ron taking the initiative on his own to go help others, and change who he is as a person, is one aspect I really enjoyed about this documentary. His wife offers to get a job to help pay for her sons living in the trailer park with them. He turns down that offer, stating that having her at home is move important to him and that he can handle the finances on his own. The movie had a ton of different emotional aspects, which kept me entertained throughout. I can say that I have no complaints about this film.

I learned from this movie to have compassion for all veterans, regardless of how you feel about a certain war. When it comes down to it, they are human beings who have challenges like the rest of us.

I would recommend this movie to veterans and active military members. With that being said anyone could benefit from watching this movie. This movie is rated PG-13.

I would give this movie a 9.5 of out 10.

More about Gregory Nelson: Gregory is a junior at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. He is majoring in liberal arts.  His major hobby is anything sports related. He is a big fan of many Ohio teams including his hometown Cincinnati Bengals and Reds as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers and FC Cincinnati. He is big OSU fan. Gregory has Cerebral Palsy, a neurological disorder that prevents him from doing the simple things many people take for granted. Despite having very little physical control over his body, with assistance, Gregory has managed to go to school like his siblings and graduated from high school with honors. He was the sports reporter for his middle school and today has a Facebook page where he comments and shares news and facts on many Ohio sports teams.