To inspire, empower, and support people to achieve their full potential.
Block Party Pictures
Thank you to everyone who stopped by for our 2nd Annual Block Party! We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. To see pictures from our 2018 Block Party, click here. Help us plan for next year's block party by completing this quick survey.
DCBDD on November 2018 Ballot
On Monday, August 6, Delaware County Commissioners unanimously voted to approve our request to place a 0.4 millage continuous levy on November's ballot. This additional levy will support the continued growth and demand for services in our county.

The Need for this Levy
  • 79% of people served are children
  • In the next 5 years, 159 children will transition to adulthood
  • The cost to serve a school age child on average is $2,101 whereas, the cost to serve an adult on average is $16,293
  • On average, enrollment has increased by 3% per year over the last five years
  • DCBDD supports people throughout their lifespan. The 0.4 mil continuous levy reflects the continuing need of the people we serve.

Plan for the Future
  • In 2020, DCBDD's two existing levies are up for renewal.
  • If the 0.4 mil levy passes in November, DCBDD plans to allow the 0.56 mil levy to expire.
Communication Disability Law
An individual with a medically diagnosed communication disability who drives or regularly has someone with a communication disability in their vehicle, can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). An officer can then be made aware that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating with the officer to reduce any potential misunderstandings or communication problems.  

Click here   to read more.
Click here  to download the verification form.
Early Intervention Parent Pages
Click here to take a look at the Parent Pages' July Newsletter.
NAA's Big Red Safety Box
Click here  to learn about the National Autism Association's Big Red Safety Box. Each box includes:
1) Be REDy Booklet  containing the following educational materials and tools:
  • A caregiver checklist
  • A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
  • A first-responder profile form
  • A wandering-prevention brochure
  • A sample IEP Letter
  • A Student Profile Form
  • Emotion Identification Cards
  • Wandering Quick Tips
2) Two (2) GE Wireless Door/Window Alarms with batteries
3) One (1) MedicAlert Membership, Bracelet or Pendant, and one (1) Shoe ID tag*
4) Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows
5) Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows
6) One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband
7) One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Upcoming Events
Quarterly State Community of Practice Meeting
August 16, 2018
10:00 a.m.

Click here  to learn more or to register.
Special Olympics of Delaware County Picnic
August 26, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Click here to learn more.
Transition Bootcamp
This workshop series is intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. To learn more, click here .
The Art of Music 6 Week Session - "Shake It Up"
Click here   to learn about the classes available.
Play Partners
Social & Play Group
Friday afternoons 2-3:30 p.m.

Click here  to learn more.
Team 47 Soccer Camp
Learning new skills & making new friends!
September 2, 2018
1;00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Olentangy Orange High School

Click here to register or learn more.
End of Summer Pool Party
Hosted by: ASCO and Flourish Integrated Therapy
September 3, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Westerville Community Center Pool
Special Olympics Flag Football Coaches Clinic
September 8, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Madison County Board of DD

Project STIR Training
September 10 - 12, 2018
McKinley Grand Hotel

For details about the conference topics or to register, 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
It is that time of year again! It’s difficult to miss as the entry ways in the grocery remind us that it is time for back-to-school! Shelves are lined with colorful pens, folders, and the “must have” items to fulfill your child’s back-to-school list. Strengthening Families of Delaware County recognized that this time of year can be difficult financially for many in our community. In support of their Supplies for Scholars Drive, staff at DCBDD donated over 160 toiletry kits for Strengthening Families to distribute to kids in need. Each kit contained seven full size hygiene items. I am proud of the extreme generosity and compassion our staff have for our community.

Our mission is to inspire, empower, and support people to achieve their full potential.
While some may think this applies only to those with disabilities, we choose to include all people. In each service project we support our mission is at the core. Whether it is collecting hygiene products for youth in need, promoting awareness through Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes, or educating people with disabilities about their right to vote, helping people put their best self forward is critical to reaching one’s full potential.

We appreciate the support the community has offered us and the people we serve over the years. We do our best to return the support through the many service projects and community events in which we participate. When we empower each other, our community rises.
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