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As the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities, we encourage the people we serve to learn more about speaking up and making informed decisions in their lives. Through monthly meetings, conferences, workshops and information sessions, our Adventures in Advocacy members gain the skills they need to become their best advocates.


Our dedicated staff takes an individualized approach when helping the people we serve determine their definition of a "good life." Using tools like Charting the LifeCourse, we empower each person to consider 3 things: what is important to me, how to best support me and my vision for a good life. For more information about Adventures in Advocacy, please contact us.

Your Voice Matters

When you learn to speak up for yourself, you can determine what happens in your life.

By being your own advocate, you will unlock your potential and build the confidence you need to live a good life.

10 Steps to
Effective Self-Advocacy

Learn what steps you can take to become your best advocate and speak up for yourself.

Your Rights

Discuss Concerns
& Questions

Be Effective
on the Phone

in Yourself

in Writing

Get Information
in Writing

Use the Chain
of Command

Know Rights & Responsibilities

Follow Up &
Say, "Thank You"

for Help

Regional Advocacy

Featuring our group, Adventures in Advocacy, this 7-county collaboration brings together advocates from our area.

The group meets at a different county every month and for their annual fall conference. During meetings, they discuss advocacy topics and hear from guest speakers. They also share what is working and what is not in each of their programs.

Information Sessions

We encourage advocates to stay educated about their rights and choices by offering information sessions on various subjects.


A four-day workshop, Project STIR sharpens advocacy skills and trains participants on teaching others to be better advocates.

People First Conference

The People First Conference, a three-day event, encourages advocates to participate and learn advocacy tips from guest speakers.


Each October, OSDA (Ohio Self-Determination Association) and PAR (Professionals, Advocates, Resources) hosts their conference in Columbus.

Riverside is an OSDA member and sponsors several advocates to attend the conference.

2020 Calendar

Meetings are held from 3:30-4:30 pm at Riverside.

January 15

February 19

March 18

April 15

May 20

June 17

July 15

August 19

September 16

October 21

November 18

December 16

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