Ohio Public Images and the Public Images Network
were organized to help create positive images of people with developmental disabilities. We do this by developing effective awareness materials that can be shared by organizations that have a similar mission. That means high quality materials are affordable for even small agencies.
It is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. Attitudes can keep us from understanding the value of every person and what he or she offers. Ohio Public Images, a non-profit organization, addresses those barriers and seeks to overcome them through positive images and awareness efforts.
The 2015 OPI theme – Can Do LIke You – encourages all of us to focus on the talents and abilities of people and how they make a difference in our community. In crafting an awareness campaign, the right words and pictures send a powerful message that can encompass all ages, genders and talents. When planning your awareness efforts, consider how the people you support are living their lives and how they are impacting the people, places, and things around them. Focus on their abilities in all settings. That’s how this theme is intended to be used.
It can mean writing or pitching a feature story to local media on the impact a young man has at the business where he works or the young woman who volunteers at an animal shelter and has provided a loving home to a shelter animal. Both are examples of Can Do Like You!
It can mean picturing a boy with autism who helps his Boy Scout troop collect canned goods for a food bank or a teenage girl who uses a wheelchair and plays cymbals in the high school band.
It can mean focusing on how a young adult communicates with her friends using an iPad or an older gentleman who volunteers to deliver the mail at a long-term care facility.
You might also consider teaming up with a person you support or otherwise include in your circle of extended family and friends and volunteer together at a local charity.
Think about complementing your person-centered, ability-focused, local awareness campaign by joining the statewide impact with the Can Do Like You logo, which can be found by taking the Media Kit link above. There you will find other valuable tools, like sample news releases, radio spots and more – all free of charge.
Remember,Can Do Like You is what we see when we truly see the person and understand that all people have abilities and something to offer – at school, work, home, and everywhere in between.
You may also take advantage of the free materials we have posted on this website to assist in your public awareness campaigns by clicking on the links to Free Tools and Media Kit.