2016 Campaign

We are pleased to present our 2016 Campaign, “What’s Your Story?

OPI_Logo-finalEveryone has a story and they are all worth telling. 

Can one ever know everything about a person? Probably not, yet everyone has experiences, thoughts and wisdom to share.

Ohio Public Images’ 2016 awareness theme, “What’s Your Story,” is designed to capture the interests, abilities and personalities of those we support. Through each story, we can educate the community on how we are all connected.

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To develop the stories, you’ll want to get to know people, and there may be no better way to do that than over a meal. Invite someone out to lunch and have a casual conversation. If she wants, you could include another person who knows her best. Remember, this is not just about gathering information. It’s about discovering who she is. Be friendly, curious and fun!

Consider asking questions like these:

  • Where did you grow up and what do you remember most about it?
  • If you could live anywhere, where would that be and why?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What is your dream job and why?
  • Describe the best day of your life
  • What is the most memorable experience you’ve had?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What are you looking forward to?
  • Describe yourself in three words or less
  • What’s the one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
  • What would you like people to know about you?

Once you have discovered a little about each person you are writing about, you can write their stories and share them in the following ways.

Tips on how to use the OPI 2016 awareness theme 

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  •  Create a “What’s Your Story” bookmark that includes a link to your website or Facebook page where the stories you are telling can be found. Distribute the bookmark in libraries, public schools, book clubs, etc.
  •  Take the “What’s Your Story” theme to local libraries or other public reading spaces (colleges, coffee shops). Purchase a professional, free-standing banner with the logo/photo. Use this as a backdrop for a table that features books authored by people with disabilities or books by or about well-known people who have looked beyond disability, like Walgreen’s VP Randy Lewis or Kathie Snow.
  • Coordinate the special interests you discover around holidays and well-known events. If Matt collects baseball cards and he owns a rare, autographed card that was given to his grandfather by the famous Major Leaguer, consider pitching this as a feature story to local media at the start of the World Series. 
  • Did you find someone you support who volunteers at a food bank? If so, then interview this person about how they got involved, what they have learned and why they believe it’s important to give back to the community. You can then partner with the charity to have it published in its newsletter and submit it to local media during National Volunteer Week in April.
  • Set up a video camera at the county fair or festival and ask people to tell their stories about something in their past or present (like NPR’s StoryCorps). Identify common thoughts, ideas or experiences from these stories with the ones told by the people you support and tie them together in a short awareness video to share how alike we all are.

Everyone has a story and each story holds a promise to educate and inspire others!

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Ohio Public Images will not be selling products during 2016.

As a member benefit, The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities will customize a poster for your County.  Please contact Adam Herman for additional information.