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What does ao mean?

ao is the Japanese word for:

      青色 Blue and Green.

In our context, blue means vision; green means resources.

It’s what ao does.

What We Do?

Through our deep experience in the disability field, we know that many disability organizations are working around the clock to provide advocacy and direct services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With decreasing budgets, there are often few if any extra time and staffing resources to advance certain efforts. ao helps disability organizations with high-level thinking and leadership support when – and only when- they need it.

Most importantly, we do what we do to change the world.

Our Mission

ao’s social mission is to help disability organizations renew and sustain. In these days and times, operating on older organizational models may be putting disability organizations at risk. The world is changing, and with it, funding streams, technologies, expectations of people with disabilities and their families and their communities, and even the work force – all of which need adjusting to stay current with the times. ao is driven by our social mission. When our clients succeed in measurable ways, we succeed. And what a great feeling that is.

 

Our Vision

  • disability organizations thrive financially, culturally, and are providing deeply satisfying services to people with disabilities and their families in ways that optimize supported and integrated life experiences
  • disability organizations act upon the principle that people with disabilities should not be wholly reliant upon a third party to experience a rich and satisfying life
  • disability organizations generate best interest solutions for people with disabilities and their families
  • disability organizations have the courage, ability, and the resources to change when change is needed

ao Strategies Team Alliance

We work virtually, and take on projects that we feel we can bring solutions and impact. Feel free to contact any of us if you wish to explore ways in which ao can help renew and sustain your disability organization.

Ann Cameron Williams, Ph.D.
Ann Cameron Williams, Ph.D.
Palatine, Illinois

Founder

Susan Dlouhy
Susan Dlouhy
Columbus, Ohio

Partner Consultant

John Dickerson
John Dickerson
Indianapolis, Indiana

Partner Consultant

Renee Pietrangelo, Ph.D
Renee Pietrangelo, Ph.D
Washington, DC

Partner Consultant

Mark Walden, Psy.D
Mark Walden, Psy.D
Kenwood, California

Partner Consultant

Patty Mitchell
Patty Mitchell
Athens, Ohio

Partner Consultant

Wendy Katz
Wendy Katz
McLean, Virgina

Partner Consultant