What's a conference when it's not a conference?

...It's an UNconference!  YOU and everyone else set the agenda together. The first night is the kick-off, starting with dinner -- followed by us creating the schedule together by filling in one big blank canvas, like this one:

...What the next two days of the conference will look like is unknown! Well, not entirely unknown. We DO know there will be dinner each night, and lots of people from around the city sharing their gifts and passions. The rest depends on you taking the chance to be part of the most unique 3 days you'll have in Cincinnati all year!

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Safety. Starfire Story Series 05 part 1

"We've learned that true safety comes from a form of love or a form of affection and care. It's a shared obligation, it's a reciprocal relationship."

In this audio you'll hear a conversation with Tim Vogt about the subject of safety, love, and the 'spell of certain magic words.'

Listen here:

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Work: Story Series 04 re-cap

Our most recent Story Series about "Work" set out to answer the question:

"What does it look like when people with disabilities are connected to meaningful employment- in the community?"

We broke out the question into a series of 6 parts, addressing the various aspects of work throughout.

In part one, we drew from the experiences and design skills of Christopher, Starfire's employment coordinator, who set the tone by breaking down the overall vision we have around employment for people with disabilities:

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Remembering the 'Boys' in the Bunkhouse - Four Years Later

This past December, the Trump administration announced that they will be revoking 25 legal guidance documents that interpreted and explained a wide range of federal laws, including a guidance letter written in 2016, protecting the civil rights of people with developmental disabilities. The administration stated that these letters "improperly went beyond explaining existing laws, and instead essentially created new rules." 

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Work. Starfire Story Series 04 Part I

Our newest story series will focus on work. What does it look like when people with disabilities are connected to meaningful employment - in the community? Listen to Christopher Kubik speak on the topic of integrated employment and ways he matches people with disabilities and employers so that they're both the right fit.

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Happy birthday - times three

The first time we sang happy birthday was right before the gifts. Jessica wanted to open them right away, before the food came. She got a butterfly necklace, a restaurant gift certificate, tickets to a play, a winter vest, and a coffee cup that read, “I love you a Latke.” The second time we sang happy birthday was at the end of the night, when our cheesecakes arrived and a candle was lit. “Happy birthday dear Jessica,” the 8 women sang in chorus around her.

“The Queen!” she interjected. We laughed and nodded our heads in love and agreement.

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The life she imagined - Kachelle's story

Kachelle said at first, she wasn’t sure about partnering with Danyetta - or Starfire. “In the beginning, I was just a little stiff,” she said about her early days working with Danyetta. “I’m not used to people.”

That was two years ago. Today, Kachelle is an active part of her community in Lower Price Hill. Through Danyetta's support, week after week, she can now say she is building the life she imagined - filled with connections to the art world and opportunities to create with others. And because of her new friendship with Alicia, Kachelle has a job as an "artist in residence" at the neighborhood non-profit, Community Matters.

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Purple Backpack

Maggie, started school this year with a bang. With literal kicking and screaming and banging on things. What was designed for modern parental convenience, the drive up, open your door, and a nice friendly teacher would remove child from car seat, became a monumental battle each morning. Mostly, the experience left my daughter feeling like she was being abducted by strangers. Every. Single. Morning.

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"Time" - Series 03 Part 1

Our Series 3 theme is: Time.  How do you want to spend your time? How does the way you spend your time impact others? When is time with others "wasted"?

Listen below or head to Soundcloud to hear Starfire's Tim Vogt discuss how time spent with people with disabilities should be valued as "sacred."

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