1st Choice Family Services salutes clients’ successes; features special artwork in logo
Columbus, OH March, 2021– 1st Choice Family Services (1CFS), dedicated to providing essential and uncompromising quality services to developmentally disabled individuals in Ohio, has reconfigured its logo for March, 2021 with a client’s artwork to celebrate the month and as a way to help encourage others to utilize their talents and set their goals high.
The artwork used in the 1st Choice logo is also known as “Winston the Cat” and comes from a children’s book “Winston’s World” illustrated by a 1st Choice client from Northwestern Ohio. He was asked to illustrate the book after the author purchased Brian’s “original” cat painting that led to the development of a book. “Winston the Cat” aims to teach children at an early age about accepting individual differences and showcases Winston as the example of a cat who is somewhat different than others.
Brian continues to work on his art daily since the book was published – he takes classes and sells his work at a local his local art studio. He also collaborates with 1st Choice Family Services direct support professional (DSP) Megan Griffith. Brian lives independently – but also benefits from having a DSP in his life. Megan spends about five hours at a time with Brian – talking about his art, happenings of the day or pulling a meal together. “We talk nonstop- I am really interested in what he is doing – then I will show him something I am working on my I-Pad that relates to art– we get along really well,” says Megan.
“I am pretty quiet….I don’t talk to too many people during the day – for me, it is just good to have Megan to talk to,” adds Brian.
“We are very happy for the positive impact the illustration of this book has brought to Brian’s life,” says Aonist Coles, CEO of 1st Choice Family Services. “An accomplishment like this will most likely help him reach new goals too. Megan is also interested in art – so she and Brian are a very good client- DSP match.”
Brian is just one example of a client who is working towards achieving his potential. “We have others who are making progress – in their own way. One may be starting to learn a foreign language, another is taking on more daily responsibilities – like doing laundry, others are making more decisions on their own and some are just getting better at controlling some negative behaviors. All types of progress are to be commended — and we believe some of the progress made by all is due to the support and encouragement they receive from our direct support professionals,” says Coles.
Brian, the client and artist, has a few goals of his own for the future. “I would like to improve my health, illustrate another book, and keep painting. …I like when people see my work, it makes me work harder and I get better each time I work on something.”
Megan Griffith says, “I would like to see him work on more books… I know Brian has even motivated others with disabilities to develop their art talent too. He’s even helped a young man with multiple sclerosis figure out how to hold his paintbrushes.”
Coles adds, “We have come a long way since President Reagan named March as DD Awareness Month in 1987. We need to continue the push for inclusion of the developmentally disabled in all areas of life and recognize their talents – the more we all get behind this concept, the greater the odds they will achieve their full potential.”
With over 14 years of experience of providing clients with Developmental Disability Services, 1st Choice Family Services is dedicated to providing an uncompromising quality service to fit each individual client’s specialized needs. Our mission is to help people with developmental disabilities overcome life challenges through advocation, self development, informed decision making and total community integration. https://www.1stchoicefamilyservices.org/
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