To inspire, empower, and support people to achieve their full potential.
Block Party
Aloha! DCBDD will be hosting our 2nd Annual Block Party! The event is free and open to all ages. There will be games, music, and treats to enjoy! The splash pad will be open for those who wish to cool off in the water.There will be plenty of space and tables for people wishing to bring a picnic.

We hope you will join us for our luau themed party. Visit our website to learn more.

Event Details
July 25, 2018
4PM - 7PM
Village Green Park
(47 Hall Street, Powell, OH 43065)
Free to Attend
National Disability Voter Registration Week
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. 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!
To learn about how DCBDD and DCDL are partnering during this week, read the press release below!
Early Intervention Parent Pages
Click here to take a look at the Parent Pages' July Newsletter.

Accessible Playgrounds & Trails
There are many different accessible playgrounds and trails in central Ohio. Click here to learn more!

Westerville Parks & Rec
Take a look at the Westerville Parks and Recreation Guide to summer activities. Beginning on page 54, the Adaptive & Inclusive activities are highlighted.

Bill of Rights
July is a great time of year to refresh ourselves on our unalienable rights. Take a look at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities' Easy Read: Bill of Rights to learn more!

Upcoming Events
Self Advocates, For Friends, and Aktion Club Annual Picnic
July 18, 2018
1305 Troy Road
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

DODD Family Advisory Council
July 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The meeting topic is Planning for Housing.

Click here for registration and a detailed agenda.
Special Olympics of Delaware County Picnic
August 26, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
Sensory Friendly Movies
July 21, 2018 - Hotel Transylvania 3
(Third Saturday of every month)
The Strand Theatre
(28 E Winter St.)

Learn more about The Strand's Sensory Series.
2nd Annual Block Party
July 25, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Village Green Park in Powell

Click here to learn more or register to attend.
Alpha Duck Derby & Walk
August 4, 2018
7:30 a.m.
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

To register or 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
For many Americans, July is a time for celebrating our freedom and independence as a nation. What does independence look like to you? Is it having the ability to live alone or drive yourself whenever you choose? Or is it having the freedom to make your own choices and mistakes? Independence means something different to everyone but everyone seeks it in some form.

In our field, we often get caught up in focusing on what is important for the people we support. We place a high priority on ensuring people receive everything they need. But it’s equally important for us to focus on what is important to the person. We take the time to ask the person what goals they may have or what they wish to achieve. For the past two years, our agency has prioritized person-centered planning, including the person receiving services in the development of their support plan. Our purpose at the end of the day is to empower people to live their lives to their fullest potential. To be truly successful in this we must collaborate with the people we serve.

For many, gaining independence, big or small, is a huge factor in reaching one’s full potential. When I think about independence for people of all abilities, I think of supportive technology, accessible transportation, affordable healthcare, and equal opportunities for education and employment. All of these factor into a person’s level of independence. Yes, independence comes in many variations. It is the mission of our agency to help as many people as possible achieve their idea of independence.

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July and I look forward to seeing you at our Block Party on July 25!
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