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Hope Leet Dittmeier has worked as an advocate for people with disabilities since 1983. With a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling, her work had been highlighted in professional journals and books. She has taken a lead role in Social Role Valorization training events. In addition, she has pioneered person-centered customized support services in the state of Kentucky. Here are two examples of Hope's passion and expertise in assisting people with intellectual/developmental disabilities to arrange customized, person-centered supports.

In 2006, Hope created Realizations LLC to help insure that all citizens in Kentucky had the opportunity to live life to its fullest. Realizations worked to create custom community living solutions for individuals seeking an independent life. Click on the "Web Links" tab above to watch an online video with Hope and a woman she supported to create a home, as well as employment and volunteer roles in the community.

In 2014, Hope moved on to Mattingly Edge, an employment supports provider based in Louisville, Kentucky that focuses on helping people find customized jobs in the community. Hope began as Director of Service Innovation, and in March of 2016 she became the Executive Director. Under the "Web Links" tab above you can also visit the home page of this innovative support provider that no longer places new people in it's traditional day program with a goal to eliminate the need for it.

Hope's favorite part of the work is creating the conditions that enable everyone – participants, staff and community members– to become more than they ever believed was possible (and to have fun in the process). Hope is often accused of being ‘hopetimistic’ which she takes as a compliment whether it was intended as such or not.

-information taken from realizationsllc.com on 4/7/10, and www.mattinglyedge.org/mattingly-staff/hope-leet-dittmeier/ on 6/16/17
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