To inspire, empower, and support people to achieve their full potential.
Welcoming New Director of Early Intervention
We are excited to introduce to you Tina Overturf, our new Director of Early Intervention. She will be joining the DCBDD full-time in April. Tina previously worked for the Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities as the Assistant Director of Children's Services and SSA. She is the Co-Chair of the Early Intervention Workgroup at the Ohio Association of County Boards and has nearly 15 years of experience within the county board system. Please join us in welcoming Tina to Delaware!
March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan declared March as National Developmental Disability 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.

This year, our theme for National Developmental Disability Awareness Month is #JustAskMe. The idea for this theme came from a story we featured earlier this year about siblings Rachel and Mathew. During the interview, Rachel was asked what she wished people knew about her disability and she said, “I wish they knew it wasn’t contagious and that they’d be brave enough to ask about it.” And the idea of #JustAskMe was created.

Throughout the month you will see DCBDD end the “just ask me” phrase with things like: about my job, to play, to be your friend, or for help. The goal of the #JustAskMe campaign is to open the lines of communication between people with and without disabilities, encouraging people to engage in genuine conversations.
#JustAskMe Challenge
Look for our banners in Downtown Delaware throughout the month of March! If you find one, take a selfie with the banner and share on social media with the hashtag #JustAskMe. Feel free to include what Developmental Disability Awareness Month means to you or someone you know!

#JustAskMe
March is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month
Fix the List - What is this?
People with developmental disabilities and their families have repeatedly made their opinions clear: Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification.

The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most.

That is why the Ohio Association of County Boards joined a coalition to modernize Ohio's failed waiting list. This coalition includes groups representing people with developmental disabilities, parents, families, advocates, county boards of DD, providers, and the State of Ohio.

Through the efforts of this coalition and informed by the feedback of people with developmental disabilities and their families, we believe that a new approach to the way Ohio’s HCBS waiver waiting list operates is needed. It’s time to  Fix The List.
Important Reminders
  • Lifetime of Giving - March 6, 2018
If you have questions , please contact Anne Miller at anne.miller@dcbdd.org or 740-201-5810.

  • Self-Advocates of Delaware County Newsletter
Click here to take a look at the Self-Advocates' March Newsletter.
Upcoming Events
First Friday - March for Art
March 2, 2018
Downtown Delaware
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

DCBDD will be hosting a booth at Main Street Delaware's First Friday! Stop by our booth and pick up a DD Awareness Bracelet to wear during the month of March!
DD Awareness & Advocacy Day
March 7, 2018
Ohio State House

To watch this event live, click here and tune in at 8:30 a.m. on March 7. If you would like to learn more about what this event is, click here .
Hop Into Spring Craft Show
March 10, 2018
10659 Johnstown Rd.
New Albany, OH
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
Willis Center Open Gym
March 15, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
74 W. William St.

Click here to learn more.
Strand Theatre Sensory Series
March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Strand Theatre

Click here to learn more.
YMCA Inclusion Specialist
The YMCA's goal is to be open to everybody. They have an inclusion specialist that is ready to meet with families to make sure they are serving everyone in our community to the best of their ability. To schedule a meeting with their Specialist, please click here to email Roger Hanafin.

Spring and Summer Camps at the YMCA

Delaware YMCA Programs

Liberty YMCA Programs
Lifetime of Giving
March 6, 2018
SourcePoint
5:30 p.m.

For more details, click here .
LSS Food Pantries Transition to Online Ordering
March 6, 2018

Click here to learn more.
Delaware Speech & Hearing Center Summer Programs
Register by Friday, March 9, 2018

Click here to learn more.
4-H Open House
March 11, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
2018 TBI Summit
March 14, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH

Click here to learn more.
The Alpha Group Casino Night
March 16, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
To learn more or to R.S.V.P.  click here.
Buddies, Bubbles & Books
March 28, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Delaware Library Main Branch

Click here to learn more.
Orange Library Play Hour
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
Orange Branch Library

The monthly Play Time sessions at Orange were so popular they are bringing them back! Play is a vital way to build many early literacy skills and a great way to meet new friends!
Toddler "Drop In" Playgroup
Willis Education Center - 2nd Floor
Every Thursday
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
Milestones National Autism Conference
June 14-15, 2018
Cleveland I-X Center

To submit a proposal to speak or to learn more, click here.
From the Superintendent
Kristine Hodge
#JustAskMe. Just ask me about my job. Just ask me to be your friend. Just ask me about my goals for the future. Just ask me about my disability. Just ask me.
 
To heighten the awareness surrounding National Developmental Disability Awareness Month, we have developed the hashtag JustAskMe. Last month I wrote about my goal of total inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. In order to do this, we must first break down the uncomfortable barriers that surround the topic of disabilities. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by simply engaging in genuine conversations.
 
Our theme #JustAskMe was inspired by a story we featured earlier this year where a young woman shared that she wished people would just ask her about her disability. In her mind, if they would just ask why she wore bandages, she could answer their questions and move on to talking about more important things. Things like; what is she studying in college; what music does she listen to; did she see the latest NCIS episode – the typical things people talk about. Because at the end of the day, we all have likes, dislikes, dreams, passions, and desires. If we “just ask” we might find out that we have more in common that we think!
 
So, #JustAskMe – “Kris, what is your favorite part about your job?” My answer is simple. My favorite part about my job is making meaningful change to support progress towards a life of total inclusion for people with disabilities.
 
I encourage you not just throughout the month of March but every day, to just ask. Take the next step to get to know the people around you. When you engage with someone who has a developmental disability, feel comfortable talking to them like you would anyone else. Just remember, people are people. The sooner we start talking to each other this way, the closer we get to total inclusion.
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