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Edison State Hosts Capabilities Side By Side Inclusion Conference

November 08, 2019

2019 Side By Side Inclusion Conference

Over 150 support staff for adults with disabilities participated alongside members of the Dayton Regional Capabilities Club in a day-long conference. Photo provided by Justin Blumhorst of Capabilities, Inc.

Edison State Community College hosted over 150 participants at the first Capabilities Side by Side Inclusion Conference on Wednesday, November 6, at the Piqua Campus.  

Support staff for adults with disabilities participated alongside members of the Dayton Regional Capabilities Club in a conference designed to foster goal setting and encourage advocacy for adults with disabilities.  

“Edison State was honored to be selected as the host location for this conference that highlights the abilities and power of adults with disabilities,” said Edison State President, Dr. Doreen Larson.  

The one-day conference featured goal-setting workshops, healthy lifestyle experiences, and charting short and long term personal and career goals.  

President Larson had the opportunity to participate in activities throughout the conference and serve as a lunchtime roundtable facilitator. Larson went on to explain, “I learned a lot from our Edison State Capability Club members who always go out of their way to make me feel welcome and appreciated.”  

2019 Side By Side Inclusion Conference

President Larson (R) engages with Capability Club members. Photo provided by Justin Blumhorst of Capabilities, Inc.

The conference also provided the opportunity to highlight postsecondary education options such as the EAGLE program.  

“We were also able to promote our EAGLE program, which opens the door to higher education for people from the region with intellectual disabilities,” said Larson.  

The EAGLE program supports individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities through interactive career assessments, academically inclusive courses with Edison State students, supplemental and life skills courses, peer tutors and mentors, internships, and financial assistance to those who qualify.

Capabilities, Inc., based out of St. Marys, Ohio, strives to provide people with differing abilities the maximum support needed to achieve and sustain their goals successfully. In addition to providing community integration services, Capabilities, Inc. also provides help in the areas of community employment services, driving services, career exploration services, professional training, and technology services. For more information about Capabilities, Inc., visit www.capabilitiesinc.biz.    

For more information about the EAGLE Program at Edison State, email Ashley Homan or call 937.778.7995.