The Arc of Ohio (S1E9)

Join me as I chat with Gary Tonks, the President and CEO at The Arc of Ohio – the state’s premier organization for disability advocacy. Discover the essence of The Arc, and learn how families in Ohio can tap into their invaluable services at no cost. Dive into the myriad ways The Arc stands as a beacon of support in this episode.

About Gary Tonks:

Gary Tonks is the president/CEO of The Arc of Ohio in Columbus, the state’s oldest and largest grassroots organization representing individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.

About the Arc of Ohio:

The Arc of Ohio is the voice of people with developmental disabilities, their families, friends of people with disabilities, and those who work with them. The Arc of Ohio is a grassroots organization which advocates for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with developmental disabilities through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter supports, and family involvement.

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About Rob Gorski and The Autism Dad podcast:

Rob Gorski is a single Dad to three amazing autistic boys and the Founder and CEO of The Autism Dad, LLC. Multiple award-winning blogger, podcaster, content creator, social media influencer, and respected public figure for well over a decade.

Connect with Rob Gorski:https://theautismdad.com

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