People First

Use your voice to make a choice!

The Arc of Greater Cleveland believes self-advocacy is essential in improving the quality of life for all people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Goals of People First of Cuyahoga County:

  • Community awareness
  • Teaching our communities about people with disabilities
  • Community support
  • Advocating for the supports people need to live, work and be a part of the community
  • Health insurance
  • Promoting various ways for self-advocates to work and obtain health insurance

What: People First of Cuyahoga County is a local chapter of the nationwide self-advocacy group that gives individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities training to build skills in decision-making so they can advocate for themselves.

Who: The group is open to all individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga County.

When: The meeting schedule for 2018 follows:

  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • August 20
  • September 17 6:00 pm RSVP Required *
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Cleveland Clinic Building (lower level Conference Room A) on 5001 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio (map) or call (800) 544-6333. Directions:

From the North
Take I-77S. Exit for Rockside Road (Exit #155). Turn right on Rockside Road. The
Cleveland Clinic Building will be on the right-hand side, less than 0.1 miles.

From the South
Take I-77N. Exit for Rockside Road (Exit #155). Turn Left on Rockside Road. The
Cleveland Clinic Building will be on the right-hand side, less than 0.1 miles.

From the East
Take I-480W. Exit for Rockside Road (#20A). Turn right on Rockside Road. The
Cleveland Clinic Building will be on the right-hand side, less than 0.1 miles.

From the West
Take I-480 E. Exit for Rockside Road (#20B). Turn right on Rockside Road. The
Cleveland Clinic Building will be on the right-hand side, less than 0.1 miles.


* Michael A. Donzella Administration Building, 1275 Lakeside, Cleveland, OH (map) or call (216) 241-8230. Directions:

From the North
Take I-90 East or West. Exit at East 9th Street. Turn left onto Lakeside Ave. The M.A.
Donzella Building will be on the left-hand side, less than 0.2 miles.

From the South
Take I-77N. or I 71N. Exit at East 9th Street. Turn right onto Lakeside Ave. The M.A.
Donzella Building will be on the left-hand side, less than 0.2 miles


Registration is required! If inclement weather requires the meeting to be cancelled, we will notify those that have registered. To register, please call The Arc at (216) 736-8395, and be sure to leave your name, address and telephone number.

View the Bill of Rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


People First is supported in part by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities