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May 2019
DCBDD News and Updates
3rd Annual Block Party
August 29, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

It's time for the big event of the year, the annual Block Party! This free and family friendly event is great for people of all ages. There will be games, food trucks, and live music! If you're interested in attending or would like more information, click on the link below!
Health & Welfare Alerts
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities produces Health & Welfare Alerts to provide education on a variety of health and welfare topics. Click on the links below for the 2019 Health & Welfare Alerts.
May 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!
The Latest in News
State Treasurer Touts 11,000 STABLE Accounts
The Delaware Gazette recently highlighted STABLE Accounts and the various financial planning options it provides. Take a look at the article to hear how they have benefited a local family.

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Community Events & Resources
Free Events Around Central Ohio
Gathered by the OSU Nisonger Center
Click here to learn more.
Syntero Summer Groups
Click here to learn more about Syntero's Free Summer Groups.
ARC Day with Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians
July 7, 2019
1:10 p.m.
Click here to buy tickets or to learn more.
Parent Summer Seminar Series
Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hosted by the Nisonger Center
Click here to learn more.
Specialized Speech Technologies
Click here  for a list of their 2019 Summer Groups.
Summer Groups from Flourish
Click here to learn more about the Summer Groups offered through Flourish.
Great Expressions Speech Camp
June 11 - July 29, 2019
Camps for infants through age 12
Click here to learn more.
Summer Sessions at The Art of Music
Click on the links below for more information about their upcoming sessions.
All Disabilities Festival
July 28, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Click here to learn more.
Synergy Conference
October 2 - 4, 2019
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Visit: to learn more.
Technology First
Apple's Accessible Technology
Apple has a variety of accessibility features for their devices. To help users understand fully what their devices can do, Apple created several quick videos to provide easy access to these helpful features. Click on the videos below to see just a few of their assistive technologies in action.
Letters from Staff at DCBDD
Universal Design

A friend of mine is an interior designer in Indianapolis, IN. She recently showed me her latest designs for a hotel she is working on and the many creative ways she is seamlessly incorporating ADA requirements into her designs. It was refreshing to see universal design being considered from the beginning. Her designs will allow all guests to experience and interact with the hotel in the same way.

Accessible environments impact more than just the community of people with disabilities. They provide an environment that is equitable whenever possible by avoiding designs that stigmatize users and accommodate a wide range of preferences and abilities. Universally designed environments cover everything from supporting seniors to age in the community of their choice to technology that adapts to the needs of the user. Simply put, universal design offers all people the same opportunity to thrive regardless of the environment.

I often get the question, “What does universal design look like?” If it is done well, you do not even notice it. If the only way to enter a building is by a ramp or flat surface, it no longer looks like an accessible entrance. It simply becomes the entrance. The moment you have to choose between taking the stairs or the ramp it spotlights the inequity of the space.

Imagine a playground where children of all abilities are able to interact and play together. Sadly, not many of these exist. Some playgrounds may have an adaptive swing or a slide but rarely is the entire playground accessible. Fortunately for Delaware County, we have several accessible playgrounds. We are excited to highlight the Every Kids’ Playground at Liberty Park in Powell during our Block Party on August 29. This playground was designed for all children to play together. The name itself is a perfect description of this community asset.

As you enjoy the environment around you, take a look. Is it accessible to everyone? If the answer is no, is there something you could do to help make it more accessible? If you are still not sure what universal design looks like, please consider joining us for our Block Party to see the Every Kids’ Playground in action. It is sure to be filled with smiles and laughter!