Archives by Year: 2018
Meet Sarah! Sarah is an exceptional young lady who is not only incredibly intelligent but is also heavily involved in her community. She is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club and Board Game Club. Outside of her extracurricular activities at school, Sarah has worked as a ZooAide for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, volunteered at the Westerville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and worked at the Stratford Ecological Center. In addition to all of these activities, Sarah works eight hours a week at Kroger in their Click List department.
Addie and Alex are two years apart and share a very typical but also special sibling bond. In addition to their special love for dance, Alex and Addie work together to spread the word about the importance of inclusion. Addie is a fierce advocate for Alex. “[She] is a very caring and funny sister,” Alex shared.
Andrea has worked for the Foot & Ankle Wellness Center for almost four years. As an active participant in the Delaware community, Andrea knows many of the patients that come through the door. She is always a smiling face that welcomes people to the Center. “She is fun and sociable” shared her supervisor. “Andrea is always looking for things to do.”
On Monday, November 19, 2018, Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD) launched into a day filled with giving thanks. The day began with a Thanksgiving Luncheon for the entire staff of DCBDD prepared by members of the administrative team. “I always approach Thanksgiving with an attitude of gratitude,” shared Superintendent Kristine Hodge. “Our staff does so much to support people in our community. This is just our small way of saying thank you for their hard work and commitment to providing excellent services.”
DCBDD has nearly completed its second year of the 2017-2019 Strategic Plan. Outlined in this plan are six core goals:
- Goal One: Strengthen community inclusion opportunities, supports, and successes
Creative, funny, smart, and inquisitive are a few words that describe Emma. She is all around our American Girl. Emma is an active participant in her community, loves to read, and enjoys crafting things with her hands.
Rick has been working with The Alpha Group for almost 20 years! Currently he is enjoying working on the janitorial crew. Rick finds joy in knowing his job creates clean spaces for others to enjoy. His favorite part about working at Alpha is spending time with his coworkers.
Meet Emily. Emily is an all-around rock star. She is an excellent student and is involved in more extracurricular activities than most kids her age. She plays electric guitar, practices taekwondo, rides horses, plays various sports, is a member of 4-H, and in all of her spare time, works at The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (The Zoo). Did we mention Emily is a rock star?
Hudson is a sweet, charismatic, musical and above all, strong 10 year old. Just before starting Kindergarten, Hudson was diagnosed with Juvenile Batten’s Disease (JBD). There are currently 14 different forms of JBD, each varying greatly from person to person. Similarly, the symptoms experienced by each person are unique. Approximately two to four out of every 100,000 children in the United States have JBD. While JBD is a very rare, Hudson and his family remain positive and focused on the future.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to provide education about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”
DCBDD has proposed a new 0.4 mil continuous levy for the November 6, 2018 ballot. DCBDD currently serves around 2,500 people from birth throughout their lifespan. Over the past 5 years, DCBDD has seen enrollment grow by an average of 3% each year. This significant growth is projected to continue. DCBDD has proposed a 0.4 mil continuous to support and sustain this growth. The facts and information below explain the reason for the new request.
DCBDD is now accepting informal Requests of Interests (ROI) for our Early Intervention Core Team Primary Service Providers. Interested applicants must apply by October 8, 2018. Click here to learn more or to apply
Can you imagine a world where you were completely dependent on another person to do things for you, take you places, and help you with daily tasks? Chris couldn’t either, and thanks to technology he doesn’t have to rely on others to be independent!
A year ago, Taryn was working on strengthening her mobility and walking independently. Today, Taryn is an active 2 ½ year old who is rock climbing, running, and living her life to the fullest! She has made great progress but that didn’t come without hard work and a lot of self-determination.
National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) is recognized each year to make a concerted effort to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated about this year’s election, and prepared to cast a ballot in November. This year, NDVRW is July 16 -20, 2018. The Delaware County District Library (DCDL) and the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD)are teaming up in the national campaign also known as REV UP. The REV UP campaign launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!
Sisters Ellie and Savannah have just finished their freshman year of college at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) and now proudly go by the description of sophomores. Completing the first year of college is an accomplishment for every college student. For Ellie and Savannah, their first year was a first for MVNU as well. The Perry sisters attended their freshman year with their provider, something no MVNU student has ever done before.
Matthew, a junior at Olentangy has reached an exciting milestone in his life. After many hours of practice and hard work, Matthew passed his driving exam! Matthew enrolled in an intense driving program where he practiced with an instructor once a week for two hours over a 9-month period. When we asked how it felt to finally hold his driver’s license he said, “it feels great!”
Will is 10 years old and loves Taekwondo and was determined to achieve his black belt. After his most recent class, Will successfully completed his test and now is a 1st Degree Black Belt Recommended! When we asked him what his favorite part of practice is he confidently answered, “round kicks!”
Kyle is a budding entrepreneur and passionate musician. After graduating high school, Kyle worked at a few different businesses but just could not seem to find the right place that met his interests. He wanted his own business. After researching a few ideas, Kyle and his family combined his interest in crafts, cooking and essential oils to create Bath Bombs by Kyle.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! While we strive to raise awareness every day for the many people who have developmental disabilities, we use the month of March to bring added focus on the important mission of making society more inclusive for all.
The Delaware County Commissioners are seeking applications to fill current DCBDD Board Member, Jeffrey Wallace’s seat. After 11 years of dedicated service, Jeffrey has resigned his position on the board effective February 28. We greatly appreciate Jeffrey’s dedication and support to the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Kaitlin recently received her teaching license and is now certified to teach kindergarten through 12th grade! She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Findlay and her master’s degree from Otterbein University. When asked how it felt to finally receive her teaching license Kaitlin said, “It feels surreal.” In the next few weeks Kaitlin will be taking the test to receive her Reading Endorsement.
Siblings, Rachel and Matthew are your typical teenagers. They have hobbies, passions, and bright visions for the future. Rachel is a sophomore at The Ohio State University Marion studying Early Childhood Education. Matthew is a senior at Delaware Christian and loves playing video games and watching the Cincinnati Reds.
Tristan recently graduated from Delaware Hayes High School on December 15, 2017 and is now a Delaware City Schools employee! He began working in the school system over the summer completing landscaping and custodial work. Tristan is a very determined and fast paced worker. In one afternoon, he collected nearly 10 large bags of walnuts from the grounds at Willis. A true member of our community, Tristan played a major role in clearing the playground at Willis in preparation for the ice skating rink for the December First Friday, one of the city of Delaware’s most beloved events.