Inspiring, empowering, and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
SEPTEMBER, 2018
PERSPECTIVES
Delaware County Commissioners Seek Board Member Applications for DCBDD
The Delaware County Board of Commissioners is seeking to appoint two members to fill seats on the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The appointed individuals must be residents of Delaware County and citizens of the United States, and must be interested and knowledgeable in the field of developmental disabilities and related fields.

For this particular round of appointments, applicants must be receiving or have an immediate family member eligible to receive or currently receiving services from the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Commissioners are seeking to appoint two citizen members for terms that will begin January 1, 2019 and end Dec. 31, 2022.
September 20, 2018
Altered Hours Due to Jug Day
As a reminder, DCBDD will closed the afternoon of September 20 in recognition of Jug Day. If you experience an emergency and need to reach someone, please contact 740-369-3316.
September 6, 2018
Supper with the Superintendent
Join Superintendent Kristine Hodge at J. Gumbos for an evening of great food and conversation. This will be a great opportunity to learn about what's happening at DCBDD and to discuss any questions you may have.
Taryn is Rocking at Two
A Story of Perseverance and Success
A year ago, Taryn was working on strengthening her mobility and walking independently. Today, Taryn is an active 2 ½ year old who is rock climbing, running, and living her life to the fullest! She has made great progress but that didn’t come without hard work and a lot of self-determination. Read More
Community Events & Resources
Special Olympics Flag Football Coaches Clinic
September 8, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Madison County Board of DD
The Art of Music
LifeCourse Planning: Creating a Plan for a Child with Deafblindness or Multiple Disabilities
A Training for Parents, Educators, Families, Caregivers, and Service Providers.
October 20, 2018
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Transition Night - Free Resource Fair
October 24, 2018
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Westerville South High School
Bullying Basics: From Prevention to Promoting Mental Health Virtual Symposium
October 6, 2018
9 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. (CST)
Transition Bootcamp
This workshop series is intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Learn More
Outdoor Inclusive Adventures
Metro Parks and YMCA
September 9, 2018
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Synergy Conference
October 3 - 5, 2018
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Acting Workshop Performance
Amigo Family Counseling
September 29, 2018
3 p.m.
Short North Stage
COSI - Sensory Friendly Day
October 25, 2018
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
From the Superintendent
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
~ Melody Beattie

There is a certain kind of beauty in the change of the seasons as each brings its own mood and memories. For most, September marks the beginning of fall, and for me, it begins my favorite season – a season of gratitude. Yes, November is typically the hallmark month for all things thankful. But to me, September is the true beginning to this season of appreciation.

I appreciate the bounty of fresh produce at our local farmer’s markets, a remarkable product of their hard work all summer long. I am grateful for the fresh start new school supplies, clothes, and teachers offer our children who recently went back to school. I am thankful that with the start of September comes football season, cool walks in the park, and color changes in the trees.

While all of these things are pieces of my favorite season, the biggest piece that begins this season of gratitude for me is our annual Staff Appreciation Breakfast. This breakfast is a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and show appreciation for the work our staff do every single day. They work diligently each day to offer excellent services to the people we serve and to their families. Their hard work is the key reason we are recognized and highly regarded not only in our community but throughout the state. Our team is participating in statewide initiatives, developing pilot programs, improving existing assessments, and collaborating with county agencies all to improve the lives of people in Delaware.

Our September breakfast is the Appreciation Committee’s way of saying “thank you” to the staff for their diligence in promptly responding to the needs of people, the early morning meetings, the late night assessments, and the numerous trainings that are a part of our ever changing field. In this season of gratitude, I say thank you to our Early Intervention, Support Administration, MUI, and Operations Departments for their dedication to excellence.