Every month, a group of twenty or so individuals who are learning the importance of self-advocacy assemble at The Hope Center in Lancaster. Under the direction of Chairwoman Kristy Stepp and her fellow officers, the group - called Dynamite Abilities -  discusses times when they have had to advocate for themselves, and also times when they have had to advocate for others.

Their meetings vary from month to month but almost always include discussion of scenarios, examples of when self-advocacy was and wasn't used, and the positive outcomes that arise from speaking up for one's self.

The group is anxious to inform all people with developmental disabilities to follow their lead and is in the middle of a membership drive. If you or someone you know would like more information about the group, please call 740.652.7220, extension 3739.