To inspire, empower, and support people to achieve their full potential.
Meet Will!
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 is now a 1st Degree Black Belt Recommended!

We are so proud of Will for his perseverance to reach his goals. Take a look a Will's full story by clicking here.
Accreditation Received!
On April 11, DCBDD received our official 3-Year Accreditation award letter! To learn more about the accreditation process and our award, click here.
Important Reminders
  • DCBDD Closed - May 28, 2018
DCBDD will be closed Monday, May 28 in recognition of Memorial Day. If you experience an emergency during this time, please contact 740-369-3316 and ask for the SSA on call.

  • Parent Pages - May Edition
Click here to take a look at the Parent Pages' May Newsletter.

  • Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes - May 4, 2018
DCBDD is proud to be a partner of the Delaware County Coalition of Victims Services. We will have a booth at the Walk-A-Mile event to support their efforts. To learn more about the event, click here .

  • Self-Advocates of Delaware County Newsletter
Click here to take a look at the Self-Advocates' May Newsletter.

  • Texting 9-1-1 is now available in Delaware County
Delaware now has the ability to receive and respond to 9-1-1 texts. Learn more.

Upcoming Events
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
May 4, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Downtown Delaware

To learn more, click here.
Kids Day America
May 19, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Leaf Chiropractic (1012 SR 521)

On Saturday, May 19, 2018 communities world wide will be participating in the 23rd annual "Kids Day America" This day is dedicated to health, safety, and environmental issues that affect people in our community. Delaware Mayor Carolyn Riggle and members of the Commissioners will also be at the event. 
2018 Tech Summit
Ohio's First Supportive Technology Conference
June 15, 2018

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 .
Autism Family Day Camp and Resource Fair
June 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Recreation Unlimited (7700 Piper Rd. Ashley, OH)

To register or to learn more, click here.
Sensory Friendly Photo Session
May 6, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Old Worthington Library

To register or learn more,  click here .
Sensory Friendly Movies
May 19, 2018
(Third Saturday of every month)
The Strand Theatre
(28 E Winter St.)

Learn more about The Strand's Sensory Series.
Toddler Open Gym
May 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Willis Education Center Gym (74 W. William St.)

To learn more, click here.
Ohio Community of Practice for Supporting Families
May 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The next quarterly state meeting of the Ohio Supporting Families Community of Practice (CoP), an opportunity to meet, learn, plan, and discuss Ohio’s work that supports all families.

To learn more about community of practice, 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
Longer days, warmer weather, and more sunshine are the many things I look forward to in the early months of summer. Walking in Downtown Delaware to our favorite restaurants or exploring a park nearby are a few of the things my family and I enjoy during the summer. What would life be like for us if we couldn’t access these simple joys that we love so much?

“Imagine a world where you see others engaged with their environment, freely moving from one space to another — yet you are unable to participate because of an unlikely barrier: a few cement steps in your way. Seen from this light, even a single step can mean a significant barrier to entry for those with handicap accessibility — the difference between inclusion and isolation.” (Courtney Soule, Accessible design: Midland creates approach for all, Catalyst Midland).

The difference between inclusion and isolation. This is a thought I regularly have as the warmer months arrive. Universal Design (UD) is a concept I frequently talk about. There are many definitions of UD but the one I prefer is “a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation” (Steinfield and Maisel, 2012). UD is a process that focuses on creating spaces that are inclusive to as many people as possible from the very beginning, not modifications made after the fact.

In my ideal world, UD will become the norm. As architects design new playgrounds, restaurants, and buildings, they will have all people in mind. We will no longer need to make accommodations to existing structures because accessibility will have been a key priority in the early planning stages. It is my hope that in the future, our communities will celebrate our individuality through inclusive and Universal Design.

So, as you and your loved ones enjoy these warm summer months, I encourage you to take a look at the places you frequent. Are they as inclusive as they can be? Is there something you can do to make your environment more inclusive to all? For a true example of UD, take a look at this article featuring Midland, MI.
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