Marion Cosgrove Rauch: Southern Ohio
Marion is the Coordinator for Ohio Family to Family as well as Parent to Parent programs. She also acts as the Family Support Specialist for Southern Ohio. OHF2F is a part of the University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD), which is housed inside Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
While her original background is in Art Education, Marion became increasingly interested in Disability Studies as she watched her son, who has multiple disabilities, grow. In 2016 she entered the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) program at the UC UCEDD in the Community Engagement discipline. In the autumn of 2018, she took the position with Ohio F2F and ultimately added on coordination of the fledgling P2P program. As the parent herself of a disabled young adult, Marion carries with her the knowledge and experience of navigating systems, advocating for her son, every type of educational setting there is, and the general ups and downs of parenting a disabled child.
In her work with F2F/P2P Marion provides one on one support, works on special events/conferences, and teaches a variety of workshops and courses, with a special interest in self-care for caregivers, supported decision making, and end of life decision making. She is also a Charting the Life Course Ambassador and finds its tools to be useful in numerous aspects of both her work and personal life.
Marion sits on the Midwest Genetic Network Advisory Council, Accessibility Advisory Councils for both the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Art Center and has been both board member and board chair of Visionaries and Voices, an art studio for adults with disabilities.