Trainings & Outreach

The sessions listed below are currently offered through The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley and/or The Arc of West Virginia.

Each of the sessions include PowerPoint presentations and utilize Group & Individual Activity components. Topics and Session Length can be modified to fit your needs.

What Do We Mean…Inclusion

  • What Inclusion Is…and What Inclusion Isn’t.
  • Resources and supports needed to include people with disabilities in existing activities and programs
  • People are more alike than different:  Looking at Similarities vs. Differences in all people
  • Modifications & Accommodations to consider

Disability Awareness & Etiquette

(3 versions:  children, teens, and adults)  (can be formatted to 1 or 2 hours)

  • History of Disability / Overview and ways of acquiring a disability
  • How to communicate with and about people with disabilities
  • People First Language – What is it and how do I use it?
  • How to interact with people with disabilities in specific situations – appropriate and inappropriate actions.

People First Language

(3 versions: children, teens, and adults)

  • History of People First Language
  • It’s all about the words you choose and the order in which you use them.
  • Words and phrases to avoid / Acceptable words and phrases to use
  • Communication techniques

Assistive Technology

  • What is Assistive Technology?
  • Who needs assistive devices?
  • What resources are available locally, regionally, and statewide?
  • Demonstration of some assistive technology devices.

Developmental Milestones

  • What are the milestones by age?
  • What red flags should you look for?
  • How to identify potential developmental delays.
  • What types of interventions are available?


 (all separate training modules)

  • What is Self-Advocacy:  What Every Community or Agency Should Know?
  • How to Be An Effective Self-Advocate
  • How to Start and Run A Self-Advocacy Group
  • People First Advisor Training
  • Fundraising:  How Do We Do It?
  • Being A Good Board or Committee Member


  • Transition in the School System
  • What Is Transition and Why Is It Important?
  • Telling MY Story for Teens…. How Do I Do It and Be Effective?

Emergency Planning for Special Populations

  • Working with Special Populations During a Disaster:  What Does The Mean and Are You Ready?
  • Writing My Agency or Organization’s Emergency Plan:  Where Do I Start?
  • I Have A Disability…How Do I Get Prepared For An Emergency?
  • Engaging People with Disabilities in Emergency Planning and Volunteer Service
  • Volunteer Mobilization Centers – Developing & Implementing

Media Training

  • How Words and/or Images Shape Perception of Those With A Disability
  • Valued Roles:  From Pity to Power and Influences of the Media
  • Associated Press Guidelines for Reporting on Disability
  • People First Language – What Does It Mean and Why Should I Use It?
  • Interviewing Tips for Working With People With Disabilities