Inspiring, empowering, and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
January 2019
PERSPECTIVES
Closed on President's Day
DCBDD will be closed February 18, 2019 for President's Day.

If you experience an emergency, please contact 740-369-3316 and ask for the SSA on call.
January Parent Pages
The Parent Pages is designed for parents whose children participate in the Early Intervention Program. This publication is produced and maintained by a parent and is filled with many great resources!
Lifetime of Giving 2019
DCBDD is preparing for its 2019 Lifetime of Giving Awards. Please consider nominating someone for one of our nine award categories! Nominations are due by Friday, February 1, 2019.

Learn more about Lifetime of giving or submit a nomination by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact Anne Miller at (740-201-5810).
Donuts with DCBDD
J oin Superintendent Hodge and representatives from our Service and Support Administration and Early Intervention Departments for donuts and conversation! This is a great opportunity to connect with DCBDD, ask questions, and provide feedback on what you would like to see as focus areas in our next Strategic Plan. DCBDD will host for Donuts with DCBDD throughout the month of March. Click below to RSVP!
Crazy Sock Day
Please join DCBDD in a day of awareness and fun! On March 21, DCBDD and partners around Delaware County will be participating in Crazy Sock Day to recognize World Down Syndrome Day and raise awareness for people of all abilities. We hope you will consider joining in on the fun and sporting your craziest socks to help raise awareness.

Be sure to share your crazy socks with us on social media by using the hashtags:
#CrazySockDay & #BetterTogether
Community Events & Resources
Ohio's Community of Practice for Supporting Families
January 30, 2019
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Click here to learn more
Summer Camp Expo - United Way
February 2, 2019
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Click here  to learn more
Transition Bootcamp
February 12, 2019
Behavioral Issues During Puberty and Beyond

This workshop series is intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Learn More
Strand Sensory Showing - The Lego Movie - The Second Part
February 16, 2019
10 a.m.
Click here  to learn more.
Special Olympics Powerlifting
Registration for 2019 Special Olympics Powerlifting has begun. Please click here to sign up.
2019 DD Awareness & Advocacy Day
March 5, 2019
10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Click here to register.
Celebrate DD Awareness Month with the Cavs and Arc of Ohio
March 20, 2019
7 p.m.
Tickets are $22
Click here  to learn more.
The Art of Music LLC - Upcoming Sessions
From the Superintendent
Happy New Year! As 2019 is officially underway, we are looking forward to all it will bring -- new initiatives, transition of leadership at the state level, and a new focus on inclusion and what that means for people in our community.

In the first few weeks of 2019, new leadership was the common theme. On January 14, 2019, Governor DeWine was sworn into office. As one of his first official orders of business, he signed an executive order establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities . We are encouraged by his immediate focus on creating a statewide model for inclusive employment. A few days later, we welcomed in Jeff Davis as the new Director for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

At a local level, our Board welcomed its newest members before the Annual Organizational Board Meeting held on January 17, 2019. Commissioner Gary Merrell swore in returning Board President, Louis Borowicz and newly appointed board members Dana Lehman, Stephen Finney and Ted Klecker. We look forward to their leadership and the role they will play in our future accomplishments.

In addition to new leadership, 2019 will conclude our three-year strategic plan. As we complete the goals set forth in this plan, we will also begin to develop the vision and goals for our next strategic plan. Our mission and commitment to ensuring inclusiveness and equality for all will remain at the core of this new plan.

As a piece of the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they have established a focus on “leaving no one behind.” As outlined by the UN, “It is critical to ensure, in this regard, the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and create enabling environments by, for and with persons with disabilities.” I am eager to see this vision become reality. As the concept of universal design becomes the standard and assistive technology progresses, we inch closer to this reality.

As you begin your resolutions and goals for 2019, I invite you to consider what role you can play in creating a more inclusive and equal community.

Wishing you all a fulfilling 2019!