Friday, June 16, 2017
The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council
Welcomes new
Executive Director, Jeremy Morris

Gahanna – Jeremy Morris, currently the Executive Director of the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton, has been named the next Executive Director of the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Morris officially assumes this new role on July 3, 2017.

“The Governing Board of the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) unanimously selected Mr. Morris. He has a vision for the independent living movement and he has the capability to collaborate with the Centers for Independent Living so we can all collectively do our absolute best work,” said Board Chair, Arthur Schlesinger. “Mr. Morris is committed to strategically guiding our efforts so we can advance the needs of people with disabilities.”

Mr. Morris’ background uniquely positions him to assume this post as OSILC Executive Director. With his commitment to the core values of the independent living movement, as well as his meaningful relationships with center directors, staff, agency partners, community and state leaders, Mr. Morris can lead the organization into expanded opportunities for people with disabilities.

“I’m honored to serve Ohioans with disabilities at a statewide level,” said Morris. “It is humbling to work in this field with people that have a contagious passion for helping people help themselves. I look forward to furthering our work and maximizing the benefits of consumer control and independence, yet promoting a community spirit of inclusion. I fully believe what we do is an extraordinary gift not only for the individual with the disability, but also for our society.

Morris has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. He worked with the Western Reserve Independent Living Center in Youngstown for 8 years as the Finance Coordinator and most recently served as the Executive Director for the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton.

The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) was established in 1992 by the Governor’s Executive Order in accordance with amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires states to create a council for federal funding eligibility.

OSILC believes in the philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-determination and equal access. OSILC connects, empowers and supports individuals to become fully integrated within their own communities OSILC fosters opportunities so centers can have the best environment possible to help individuals with disabilities.

Centers for Independent Living are local non-profit organizations run by people with disabilities to assist people with disabilities to live as independently as possible with the following core services:

  • Information and referral services
  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling
  • Individual and systems advocacy
  • Transition assistance from nursing homes and other institutions to community based residences
  • Assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement
  • Transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.

For more information, please contact Art Schlesinger at the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council, 670 Morrison Road, Suite 200, Gahanna, Ohio 43230, 614.892.0390.

Accepting Applications for 2017 Annual Awards

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) annually recognizes businesses, groups and individuals who have significantly contributed to employment opportunities and community involvement for people with disabilities. It is anticipated that their example will inspire others in both the public and private sectors to realize ability rather than disability as the most important factor in employment and community inclusion.

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JANUARY 25 and 26 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
MARCH 15 and 16 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
MAY 17 and 18 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
JULY 19 and 20 – Destination meeting – Location TBD
SEPTEMBER 19, 20, 21 – Annual Meeting -Location TBD
NOVEMBER 15 and 16 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS

All meetings (with exception of Annual Meeting) will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the OSILC office 670 Morrison Road, Suite 200, Gahanna, OH 43230, 800-566-7788 or 614-892-0390, unless advance notice is given.
The meetings on the first day are committee meetings and will usually be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Second day Business meetings are 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Special meetings may be called as needed.
Please remember that all OSILC functions are scent–free.