The Ohio Public Images Network offers free tools to help in your public awareness efforts to promote understanding and respect of individuals with disabilities.
Current Year Awareness Kit
People First Language
Disable the Label Campaign
Menatal Retardation vs Mental Illness Page
50 Communication Ideas that Work
10 Tips to Communicate with a Person with a Disability
Tips for Working with the Media
What is a Developmental Disability
Best Practices Presentation
Facilitating a Levy Campaign
Sample Marketing Plan
Follow this link to a list of resources that can be used in planning your awareness activities during March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and othertimes in the year. Get everything you need to create an awareness theme using the 2011 OPI "Together" awareness campaign. Download sample public service announcements, news release, proclamation, awareness ideas, and an awareness and acceptance sermon for churches. Download the logo artwork for use in your publications and on promotional items to complement the nationwide campaign sponsored by public images network.
Tips for use:
Personalized billboards (individuals in your county)
Don't forgt to check out our CATALOG of low cost imprinted items to help your awareness campaign get the word out!
This is a handy guide that can help journalists, writers and public speakers choose language which reflects the dignity of people with disabilities.
Ohio has used the term "mental retardation" in the names of county boards for more than 40 years. Now that Ohio has become the latest state to drop the term "mental retardation" from the name of its state agency and the 88 county boards, learn more about Ohio's campaign to end the use of the "R" word with free posters and designs.
This page addresses the issues of differentiating Mental Retardation from Mental Illness, an ongoing issue for public awareness efforts. This page features a guide that makes a great addendum to news releases because it points out the differences between mental health and mental retardation.
Browse this list of 50 ideas that can bolster your public awareness and public relations efforts.
It can seem difficult to know how to start speaking to someone with a disability if you never have before. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind.
As your Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month plans unfold, there will be many opportunities to create positive media coverage concerning people who have developmental disabilities. This page will provide you with some important tips in working with the media.
A simple explanation of what a developmental disabiity is.
A presentation for download delivered for Public Images at a recent conference by Funk-Luetke-Skunda Marketing. Right click to advance slides.
Use this sample plan when developing your own special events.