Good Life Ambassadors

People with developmental disabilities should be able to access and participate fully in a community where they are welcomed, included, and supported. This includes where they live, learn, work, play and worship. In support of Cuyahoga DD’s commitment to inclusion, Cuyahoga DD, retains the Good Life Ambassadors.  They are a group of adults with developmental disabilities who are well-versed on advocacy and customer-focused services and are interested in sharing their expertise and personal stories with you. Their mission is to educate and inspire the community to be inclusive by speaking on a variety of topics that promote the full participation of people with disabilities in community life. Topics range from tips for interacting with people with disabilities to the importance of equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Presentations by Good Life Ambassadors are free of charge and can be customized to an audience’s needs. Please allow at least 2-3 weeks prior advance notice.

To request a Good Life Ambassador to speak at your event, agency, or business in Cuyahoga County, click here to request a presentation.

People First of Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga DD provides funding to The Arc of Greater Cleveland in support of the local chapter of People First. People First is a nationwide self-advocacy group that gives individuals with developmental disabilities training to build skills in decision-making so they can advocate for themselves.

The goals of People First are:

  • Community awareness
  • Teaching our communities about people with disabilities
  • Community support
  • Advocating for the supports people need to live, work and be a part of the community
  • Health insurance
  • Promoting various ways for self-advocates to work and obtain health insurance  

People First of Cuyahoga County is open to all individuals with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga County. Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month (except January and February). All meetings are held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Building (lower level), located at 5001 Rockside Rd. in Independence.

Other Advocacy Opportunities

Some local and state agencies offer advocacy training. Please check their website for more information.