Move to Include: Panel Discussion and Screening
ThinkTV is pleased to share the valuable insights from four local experts with a diverse perspective on the challenges and opportunities for those living with disabilities in our communities.
Life is full of joys and challenges for us all — but the experiences of individuals living with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) is something that not everyone understands or appreciates.
Included in the recording are excerpts from A Good Life, a WXXI production, that takes an intimate look into the lives of six adults living with I/DD and their families. The film shares the challenges and opportunities they face, while leading national experts and historians in the field offer insight.
Chief Executive Officer, United Rehabilitation Services
Dennis Grant, Chief Executive officer of United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton, has worked with children and adults with disabilities and their families since 1976 and has been with URS over 21 years. Since that time URS has dramatically expanded the scope of services offered and the number of clients and families served.
Local family perspective
Dave is the sibling of Raymond, who had Down Syndrome and moved into Dave’s home after their parents passed away. Dave supported “Raymie” for years as he aged, helping to secure services and making sure he led a full life. Dave will share his perspective on the joy this brought as well as the challenges faced in doing this.
Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Service
Dr. Pamela Combs has served as the Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services since June 2019, the 5th largest DD system in Ohio. WDTN Dayton named her the 2021 Remarkable Woman of the Year. She is the also recipient of the United Rehabilitation Services Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Community Partner Toward Independence Award. She completed a two-year post-master’s certificate in Disabilities and Community Inclusion from Kent State University, and earned a Master of Science in Organizational Communication from the University of North Texas. Combs received a Doctor of Education in Leadership and Management from St. Thomas University.
Attorney, O’Diam & Estess
Kim is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law, and her practice focuses on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning and Guardianships. Kim currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for United Rehabilitation Services and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Disability Foundation.
State Rep. Scott Lipps
Warren County Representative
Representative Lipps holds a BA from Wooster College and Masters Degree from DePaul University. He served the City of Franklin Ohio as a Councilman and Mayor prior to becoming an Ohio State Representative of the 55th District and is now serving his fourth term. He serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and is the Health Policy Chair for a third term. Scott has a special interest in Developmental Disabilities and is a strong advocate for this population in the Statehouse.