State Senator Kevin Bacon (R¿Minerva Park) is presented the the Governor's Council on People With Disabilities Legislator of the Year award by GCPD Member Chuck Beatty.

State Senator Kevin Bacon (R–Minerva Park) today received the Governor's Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) "Legislator of the Year" award at the organization's annual meeting held at the Statehouse.  The Council recognized significant contributions to the disability community by various employers, public safety departments and individuals.
Senator Bacon was recognized for his legislative work on a provision in Senate Bill 283 that made procedural changes for the GCPD.  It allows the Council to operate consistently and more efficiently.  He also pushed for legislation to help autism service providers.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized as Legislator of the Year by an organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals by recognizing their abilities rather than their disabilities,” said Bacon.
The Governor's Council on People with Disabilities serves as an advisory council for the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues.  GCPD accepts nominations for the awards throughout the year then selects winners for the October event.  The Council seeks to not only recognize individuals and organizations for their service, but also to inspire and encourage others to emphasize ability rather than disability; to explore innovative and progressive methods of iimproving the quality of lives for Ohio residents with disabilities.  Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency responsible for assisting individuals with disabilities to live independently, gain meaningful employment or to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

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