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February 2019
February 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!
Transition Bootcamp
March 12, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
March Topic: Transitional IEP's

These sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for
youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are
invited to attend these sessions at no charge.
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!
STABLE Accounts Testimonial
The State Treasurer's Office is looking for people who are interested in sharing their experience with STABLE Accounts. This story will be shared publicly as an opportunity to inform others on the benefits of a STABLE Account. If you have or someone you know who has had a positive experience utilizing STABLE accounts and are interested in sharing your story, please email Doug Jackson at [email protected] or call him at 614-746-7460.
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
The Latest in National News
New Florida Lawyer Out to Change Lives
Article by: Josh Hafner, USA Today
Her admission to the Florida Bar marked a key milestone in a life filled with them. Moss' diagnosis with autism, at age 3, came with warnings that she might not finish high school, get a driver's license or make a friend.

The Parkland native did all those things and more, earning two bachelor's degrees — in criminology and psychology — by age 20 before graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in May 2018.
Community Events & Resources
Internet Safety for Parents
February 28, 2019
6 p.m.
Willis Education Center
Click here  to learn more.
OSU Nisonger Center Hiring People for NCI Interviews
The The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking to hire people with disabilities to conduct interviews with other Ohioans with disabilities for the National Core Indicators (NCI)™ Adult In-Person survey. NCI is a voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance. The core indicators are standard measures used across states to assess the outcomes of services provided to individuals and families. Indicators address key areas of concern including employment, rights, service planning, community inclusion, choice, and health and safety. For each interview conducted, the interviewer will receive $45. For more information or to apply to be an interviewer,  click here . For questions contact: [email protected]
Project Search Accepting Applications
Project Search is still taking applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Information about the program can be found here.
Family Advisory Council
March 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Family Advisory Council (FAC) meetings take place quarterly and are open to everyone. The Family Advisory Council provides a forum for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to hear directly from family members about the issues that affect their lives and provides the opportunity to learn more about the department's current initiatives from executive staff. Learn more or register.
2019 Westerville Challenger Baseball Information
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Westerville Parks and Recreation
Adaptive and Inclusive Classes
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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
Social Language Group for Kids 8-10 Years Old
Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Click here  to learn more.
Strand Theatre's Sensory Show
March 16, 2019
10:00 a.m.
March Movie: Wonder Park
Click here for more information.
Legislative Advocacy Day
April 5, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Bixby Center
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Technology First
The First Braille Smart Watch
From the Superintendent
What is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month all about?

Next month, we will celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM). NDDAM offers us the opportunity to celebrate and focus on community inclusion in Delaware. Throughout the month we will recognize the progress, laws, and improvements to services that have occurred because of various grassroots efforts to raise awareness and push for change.

For people with disabilities, inclusion means having the ability to fully participate in their community, to go to school with their peers, to have a job, and to live on their own. When these natural rights weren’t accessible to people with disabilities, concerned citizens made it their mission to speak up for the injustices people were experiencing.

Early advocacy efforts placed Ohio as a trailblazer for inclusion for people with disabilities. Ohio recognized the value of allocating public funds to support people with disabilities by allowing County Boards to place levies on local ballots. Similarly, many Ohio governors signed executive orders that brought the needs of people with disabilities to the forefront of important policy decisions. Years of advocacy efforts have shaped the developmental disability landscape into what we see today.

Through awareness efforts like NDDAM, we celebrate the accomplishments of the past, celebrate the successes of today, and advocate for better tomorrows. I hope you will join us in celebrating NDDAM in March! We truly are #BetterTogether.