2017 Host Agencies
We are honored that 28 local agencies that provide services to people experiencing differences and disabilities have joined with us to host this festival. It is an outstanding example of our city’s ability to collaborate to the benefit of all. We’re also happy to announce that 90% of the ticket sale revenue for the films and special events these agencies host will go directly to the agency! So, help us celebrate our shared humanity by attending the festival and inviting family and friends!
4 Paws for Ability
4 Paws was the first service dog agency in the U.S. to begin placing highly skilled Autism Assistance Dogs, and the first agency known to place assistance dogs with tracking skills.
Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati
Autism Society Greater Cincinnati’s mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. By providing information, referral services, support groups, community outings and educational programs throughout the tristate region, the nonprofit is the first in this area at a time when autism was rare and misunderstood.
Building Blocks for Kids
Building Blocks for Kids envisions a community where the needs of children with physical, emotional and developmental challenges are being met. Their mission is to bridge the funding gap for products and services that help improve the quality of life for these children.
Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
The mission of Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) is to empower people of Greater Cincinnati who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to seek independence.
The Cincinnati Dragons are a youth wheelchair basketball team founded in summer 2014 by Covington, Kentucky native Jake Counts. The team competes nationally in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and locally as part of the Midwest Conference. The players range from 7 to 14 years old and have a variety of disabilities.
Visit The Cincinnati Dragons’ website.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati
The mission of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is to empower individuals, educate families, enhance communities and together, celebrate the extraordinary lives of people with Down syndrome. The DSAGC serves southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.
Envision has been at the forefront of providing services to people with disabilities in the Cincinnati region. Their mission is to support a full and vibrant future for people with disabilities, and they do this by offering a continuum of programs that support individuals with disabilities across a lifespan. Envision’s services include providing in-home assistance to help families and children learn new skills, family living, and supports community living and mental health services.
Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club (GCASC)
Greater Cincinnati Adapted Sports Club (GCASC) is a nonprofit corporation promoting adapted sports and recreation for children and adults living in the Greater Cincinnati area who experience a physical or developmental disability. GCASC provides wheelchair basketball programming for children and works to raise awareness of other local adapted sports and recreational opportunities already in place for both children and adults.
GCASC’s goal is to increase the physical health, mental well-being and independence of children and adults with disabilities through activity and socialization. With increased participation in sports and recreations, individuals with disabilities will have the opportunity to develop a strong sense of self and the general public will have the opportunity see a thriving community of previously undiscovered athletes.
Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD, Inc.) is a 41 year-old Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization that is guided by the belief that every person has ability and value, and that there is great strength in diversity. LADD works to propel the inclusion and success of nearly 500 adults in Hamilton County who have developmental disabilities through housing and employment options, life skills training, and advocacy leadership. LADD is the organizing body and home of the ReelAbilities Film Festival.
May We Help
May We Help designs and creates unique custom solutions for individuals with special needs to engage in and pursue their passions. They hope to be a part of the new reality for people living with disabilities, where resources and ideas are shared globally in an instant, where even the slightest physical movement a person can control is able give access to transportation and communication and deeper relationships with others, where you are never alone when you need specific and unique help to be and remain independent.
Melodic Connections is a community music studio for all ages and abilities. Melodic Connections uses music, and all the ways music connects us, as a tool for community integration and personal growth.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Ohio fights to free individuals – and the families who love them – from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.
National Veterans Wheelchair Games
National Veterans Wheelchair Games
The purpose of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games is to provide veterans with physical disabilities an introductory experience to a variety of wheelchair sports, and expose them to the numerous organized wheelchair sports and recreation activities available nationwide. In doing so, the Games serve to encourage veterans to become aware of their abilities and potential while promoting a spirit of healthy activity and camaraderie.
Nearly 600 veterans from across the country participate each year in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. This year’s event will take place July 17 – July 22 in Cincinnati, OH. Veterans compete in a variety of adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, archery, triathlon, track and field, swimming, softball, slalom, nine ball and boccia. #NVWG
Ohio Valley Residential Services
Ohio Valley Residential Services provides places to live and personal care for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to enrich the lives of persons with developmental disabilities and their families by providing individually focused services, safe environments, and opportunities for integration into their communities.
Ohio Valley Voices
Ohio Valley Voices believes that all children will succeed if given the proper tools. They provide the tools needed for children with hearing loss to have a successful life.
The Cincinnati Film Society’s mission is to expand access and appreciation of motion pictures as a form of powerful artistic expression. We encourage sociocultural diversity by exploring cinema and its history, providing youth education, and services to entrepreneurial filmmakers.
UC Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
UC Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders
Clinicians and scientists at the Gardner Center for Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute are dedicated to advancing treatment and research for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.
People for Developmental Disabilities Services
People for DD Services is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting quality support for people with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County in order to help them participate fully in their communities.
Special Olympics Hamilton County
Special Olympics Hamilton County’s mission is to provide year-round sports, training and competition in a variety of sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience the joy of achievement, be included in the community, build skills and make friends.
The Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati
The Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati has been working since 1973 to empower those living with Spina Bifida to reach their maximum potential through education, social networking, advocacy, public awareness, and financial support. The Coalition serves 17 counties in southern Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and northern Kentucky.
St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati
St. Joseph Home of Cincinnati cares for the whole person, not just their medical diagnosis. It is an Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, licensed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. In more practical terms, we’re a home much like your own, but with the equipment and skilled professionals needed to care for people with severe to profound disabilities and other complex medical needs.
St. Rita School for The Deaf
St. Rita School for the Deaf, located in Evendale, Ohio has provided education for the deaf and hard of hearing since 1915. Today it is one of the only schools in the country of its kind- a private school with programs for infants and students who are deaf and hearing who need special methods of communication. St. Rita School offers educational and socialization programs to meet the individualized special needs of each child with access to a total communication environment so he/she is prepared for the same opportunities that we all hold to be most important in our society -an education, a family, a career- a full life.
Visit St Rita School for The Deaf’s website.
Starfire is working to build better lives alongside people with developmental disabilities and their families. Working with one person and their family at a time, Starfire connects people to relationships and uncovers a person’s talents and passions – so they can thrive in their communities alongside their neighbors. Joseph Home of Cincinnati
The Childrens’ Home
The Childrens’ Home has transformed the lives of vulnerable children and their families, guiding them towards success in their home, school, and community settings. Through 20+ services and programs that educate and treat children who may have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, abject poverty, and/or other factors that threaten their healthy growth and development, The Children’s Home helps them make their own amazing stories of transformation
Tristate Veterans Community Alliance
We are a veteran-led organization that helps better align community support for other veterans and their families as they transition from military life to becoming active members of our tristate community.
Visionaries and Voices
Visionaries and Voices offers 20+ services and programs that educate and treat children who may have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect, abject poverty, and/or other factors that threaten their healthy growth and development. Every day, V + V helps its community make their own amazing stories of transformation as they learn to overcome their significant challenges and succeed.
Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness
Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness is family-owned and operated in Cincinnati. Since the organization opened its doors in 2006, it has treated every customer like they were a part of our family.