Project STIR

What Is Project STIR™?

Project STIR™ (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) is a training for self-advocates designed to provide people with disabilities with the tools to advocate for themselves, work with others in advocacy and gain leadership experiences.

 The Project STIR™ training is provided by the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), through its Council of Ohio Leaders (COOL) and is partially funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

 The Project STIR™ Pilot will help the Department of Education and Workforce (DEW), Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) build capacity to deliver a regional system of training, support, coordination, and direct service for secondary transition services for students with disabilities beginning at fourteen years of age. This project will focus on integrating the skills of self-determination and self-advocacy for transition age youth, an area that needs improvement and is a predictor of post school success for students with disabilities.

What’s Included In The Training?

Project STIR™ includes:

  • Knowing Yourself
  • Communicating Assertively
  • Problem Solving and Negotiating
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination
  • Starting a Self-Advocacy Group
  • Being Part of the Community
  • Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse

Upcoming Events

Coming Soon!

Past Events

Project STIR™ in Schools Pilot Project: June 4-6 2024

Meet Our Trainers

Meet Our Trainers

Gabby Mizelle

Molly Dible

Molly Dible

Matthew-LaFontaine

Matthew LaFontaine

Lisa Bilger

Lisa Bilger

Julie Cyrek

Julie Cyrek

William Thomas

William Thomas

Whitney Parker

Whitney Parker

Viola Walker

Viola Walker

Tony Meza

Tony Meza

Shelby Clayton

Shelby Clayton

Natasha Masser

Natasha Masser

Chad Wogan

Chad Wogan

Joe VanVoorhis

Joe VanVoorhis

Jeromy Belamy

Jeromy Belamy

Andy Wells

Andy Wells

Cassandra Wilson

Cassandra Wilson

Carly Sabo

Carly Sabo

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

Logan Detwiler

Logan Detwiler

Jessie Russell

Jessie Russell

Charles Gardner

Charles Gardner

Constance ‘Buffy’ Enochs

Constance ‘Buffy’ Enochs

Mitch Berger

Mitch Berger

Lee Butcher

Lee Butcher

Kristy Stepp

Kristy Stepp

Diana Mairose

Diana Mairose

Rick Collins

Rick Collins

Sarah Mohman

Sarah Mohman

Bill Peters

Bill Peters

Harry Miller

Harry Miller

Marci Straughter

Marci Straughter

Carolina Ann Thomas

Carolina Ann Thomas

Elizabeth Beu

Elizabeth Beu

Jeremy Jackson

Jeremy Jackson

Rosie Lawrence-Slater

Rosie Lawrence-Slater