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2018 Lifetime of Giving Awards
We had a wonderful turn out and celebration for our Annual Lifetime of Giving Awards. T his year, we had 10 extremely deserving award recipients and numerous deserving nominees. We are so fortunate to live in a community so dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. Thank you to Commissioner Lewis, Commissioner Merrell, and Commissioner Benton for sharing your evening with us. If you missed the event please see below for a listing of the award winners. Check out our Facebook page to read in-depth about each winner.
Award Recipients:
Outstanding Direct Support Professional
Sara Walters

Outstanding Self Advocate
Rachel Barber

Outstanding Community Employer
Columbus Hospitality Management

Outstanding Community Partners
Scott Bryant, Jason Bayer, Nick Wheeler

Outstanding Advocate
David Robins

Outstanding Peer Mentor
Wally Berger

Outstanding Professional
Dr Nazhat Taj-Schaal

Outstanding Volunteers
Jay and Karen Prater
Welcome David Moser
On March 15, David Moser was officially sworn in as a board member of the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities. "I am both honored and thrilled to be working with DCBDD again, this time as a board member," Moser said. “I am awestruck by the accomplishments of the incredible individuals served by our agency. I plan to do everything I can as a board member to make sure the tremendous people we serve, staff members, and administrators continue receiving the tools they need for success, not only in our local community, but everywhere."
Bath Bombs by Kyle
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. To read Kyle's full story, click here.
Important Reminders
  • April Awareness & Prevention
April is both Autism Awareness month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • Parent Pages - April Edition
Click here to take a look at the Self-Advocates' March Newsletter.

Upcoming Events
Happy Hikers Club
April 8, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Glacier Ridge Metro Park

To learn more, click here.
Autism Advocacy Workshop / Basketball Camp
April 11, 2018 and April 18, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

To learn more, click here.
To register click here.
Family and Advocacy
April 12, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

To learn more, click here.
Strengthening Parent-Professional Partnerships Conference
April 13, 2018

To learn more, click here .
Safety Town by Delaware County Sheriff's Office
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is offering several Safety Towns this summer. There will be two weeks in the Buckeye Valley district, one week in Olentangy's district, and one week in Big Walnut's district.

To learn more, click here.
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
2018 New Summer Group from HealthSmart! Consulting, LLC
June 11- July 23
The Flourish Center

To learn more, click here.
2018 Tech Summit
Ohio's First Supportive Technology Conference
June 15, 2018

To learn more, click here.
Toddler "Drop In" Playgroup
Willis Education Center - 2nd Floor
Every Thursday
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
Together In Motion (TIM) - Yoga Class
Autism Society of Central Ohio
Sundays, April 8, 2018 - May 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Balancing Owl Yoga

To register or learn more, click here.
What Families Need to Know About the IEP Process
April 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

To learn more, click here .
Springtime Adaptive and Inclusive Programs at Westerville Parks and Recreation (Children & Adults)
Westerville Parks and Recreation believes everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in leisure activities to the fullest, increasing their quality of life. They have everything from yoga classes to theatre classes.

Click here to find the right program for you or someone you know!
It's a Family Pool Party!
April 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Delaware YMCA

To learn more, click here.
Family Advisory Council
Life After School: Making the Most of Employment and Community Engagement
April 25, 2018
10 a.m - 3 p.m.
DCBDD, East Wing

To learn more or register, click here.
4 Part Parenting Series
Begins May 1, 2018

Parenting series will cover:
  • Dealing with Disobedience
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression
  • Hassle-Free Shopping with Children
To learn more,  click here.
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
May 4, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Downtown Delaware (Central and Sandusky Street)

To learn more, click here.
UFiT Dublin
"At UFIT, uniqueness is celebrated through an uncommon passion for those with special neurological, developmental or physical needs. Our mission is to provide a fitness center dedicated to helping unique individuals achieve optimal levels of health and fitness for life in an environment designed to meet their needs."

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

To submit a proposal to speak or to learn more, click here .
Please note, the above events are not endorsed by DCBDD. We are simply sharing notices of available resources in the community.
From the Superintendent
Kristine Hodge
Spring is a hopeful time. The snow slowly melts away and the sweet joys of spring begin to appear.

Our spring started off with a very hopeful beginning. In February, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities conducted their accreditation visit. During their visit they had the opportunity to shadow meetings with the people we serve, learn about our many achievements since their last visit in 2017, and hear from members of the DCBDD team about the positive headway our agency is making. I recently received notice from the State awarding us a three year accreditation, the highest award available! When we planned for their visit, we were hopeful that our year’s worth of hard work would result in the three year award and I am proud to say that it did.

As National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, March was a busy month for DCBDD! It began with our Lifetime of Giving Awards where we recognized numerous outstanding people in our community for their incredible support of people with developmental disabilities. Throughout the month we participated in several awareness initiatives, including the inclusive story time Buddies, Bubbles, and Books offered by the Delaware County District Library. Perhaps the most exciting part of March was the visit with Director Martin who featured DCBDD in his State of the State. On March 6, Director Martin had the opportunity to experience Delaware’s inclusive environment first hand. Director Martin’s tour began with a visit to Gallery 22 featuring art created by Passion Works Studio for the entire month of March. From there, he learned about The Strand’s new Sensory Series and the audible crosswalk recently installed by the City of Delaware. We finished our tour at the delicious J. Gumbo’s where the owner explained why employing adults with developmental disabilities has been such a beneficial business practice for both his restaurant and the adults he employs.

As we move through April and head into May, I look forward to all summer has to offer.

Happy Spring!
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