Inspiring, empowering, and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
February 2021
PERSPECTIVES
DCBDD Updates
DCBDD Closed- February 15, 2021
DCBDD will be closed February 15, 2021 in recognition of President's Day. Normal business hours will resume on February 16, 2021.

If you experience a crisis or need immediate assistance during this time, please contact Helpline and ask for the SSA on call at 740-369-3316.
Faces of DCBDD!
DCBDD is working on a refresh of our website and we need your help! Please help us build our catalog of photos by sharing photos of the people we serve living their best lives. Please send photos by February 19, 2021.
  • Photos can be sent to anne.flanery@dcbdd.org.
  • Please click here to download and complete our media release document. In order for your photo to be used we will need consent.
Lifetime of Giving
We hope you will consider submitting a nomination for the 2021 Lifetime of Giving Awards. Submissions are due by February 12, 2021! There are eight great award categories to choose from.
DD Awareness Month Activities
Next month is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! Save the date for a few of the fun things we have planned.

More DD Awareness fun coming soon! Follow us on social media to stay in the know!
Monthly Community Resource Feature
Ohio ID Card/ Birth Certificate Program
Stone Village Church in Columbus has programs to help individuals who need an Ohio ID card and/or Ohio birth certificate and cannot afford these items on their own. Their State ID and Birth Certificate Ministries are open to all Ohio residents in need. For more information, visit stonevillagechurch.org/outreach
Monthly Technology First Feature
Samsung's 2021 Smart TV Accessibility
Everyone deserves a viewing experience without barriers. Samsung’s 2021 Smart TV Accessibility features bring the latest advances in technology and machine learning to help those with hearing impairments, visual impairments, and physical disabilities. These innovations enrich the viewing experience of people with color-blindness, low vision, deafness, and more. By collaborating with consumers, Samsung has addressed how people with disabilities engage with TV—and improved the home entertainment experience for all.
Assitive Technology (AT) Consultation
Do you have a barrier that might be able to be solved by AT? Make an appointment with DCBDD's Tech Committee for a quick consultation. To make an appointment, contact AssistiveTechnology@dcbdd.org.
Community Events & Resources
February 9, 2021
6:30 p.m.
Roommates & Housing

Discovery Series Archive
Did you miss one of the Discovery Series? Not to worry! All sessions are recorded and archived on our YouTube channel.
Project SEARCH - Nationwide Children's
Virtual Information Session
February 16, 2021 at 5 p.m.
February 24 at 7 p.m.
 
If interested, please register by sending an email with the student’s name, high school of attendance, phone number, and preferred session date to ProjectSEARCH@escco.org.
A Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants.
 
See links below for more info!
 
Statewide Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day (virtual)
March 2, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Toilet Training Class for Caregivers
2-Day Class: March 9th and March 16th
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
MORPC Region Mobility Plan
MORPC is working with nine Central Ohio counties to develop a transit coordination plan for the ODOT Human Service Transportation Coordination Region 6 – the Regional Mobility Plan. The Regional Mobility Plan will identify local transportation needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and those with low incomes. It will help to provide strategies for meeting those needs and prioritize transportation services and projects for funding and implementation.
Goals for the Regional Mobility Plan:
  • Identify community resources for transportation and mobility
  • Understand the gaps and unmet needs within those resources
  • Determine the approach to addressing those gaps and needs
The Regional Mobility Plan applies to the area within the blue boundary.
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
DCBDD is still working closely with our local health department to coordinate vaccines for the people we serve. Please know that your county board is advocating on behalf of the people we serve for quicker vaccine distribution. The health of the people we serve is our main priority.

Please keep in mind that there is a nationwide supply shortage of vaccines which impacts the timing of when vaccines are received. Additionally, the county board has no control over when or how many vaccines our health department receives. We truly appreciate your patience as we all wait to receive more information on the next round of vaccines.

What's Next?
To date, nearly everyone identified in the Priority 1A group has received their first dose of the vaccine!

Individuals identified in Priority 1B group will be the next group to receive the vaccine. For a refresher on who is included in the priority groups, click here. Please also keep in mind that the age of people eligible for the vaccine is based on the specific vaccine the health department has at that time.

As soon as DCBDD receives word that vaccines are available for our group, individuals impacted will be contacted by their SSA.

If you or your loved one is not included in either priority group 1A or 1B, your DCBDD contact will notify you as soon as we have information that pertains to your priority group.

Have more Questions?
We get it. The information about the vaccine is constantly changing and it can be very confusing. Take a look at our FAQs located on our website for more information. If you have questions, please ask! We are here to help.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccines, refer to the following resources:

And don't forget! DCBDD is keeping our COVID-19 webpage updated with new information and resources. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your DCBDD contact or call the main line 740-201-3600 for assistance.