Featuring Josh Stephens

Josh is a young man that we met through the Regional Interagency Consumer Council (RICC) of Kalamazoo County. He is currently the Chair of RICC. We were so impressed with Josh’s ability to involve everyone in the advocacy activities of RICC and his commitment to volunteering in the community. Josh also has become an enthusiastic participant in our Building a Community of Belonging Network. This year we invited Josh to be part of our team when we provided training to summer camp staff. Josh led the part of training about person first language and very openly shared how important using respectful words are to him personally.

We are very excited that Josh recently entered an essay contest co-sponsored by Ability Magazine. In his essay, Josh shared his personal story. You can see Josh’s essay at The Arc’s Achieve with Us Contest.