Inspiring, empowering, and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
October 2020
PERSPECTIVES
DCBDD Updates
This October marks the 75th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!
Held annually, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM. This month, DCBDD will be featuring a variety of "Did you now?" facts on social media to increase awareness for the disabilities field.

What are you doing to celebrate this month?
Monthly Community Resource Feature
COTA//Plus Service Now Operating
Have you heard about the new COTA//Plus service in Westerville? COTA//Plus provides mobility solutions within the city of Westerville and the Polaris Mall area. Customers can request a ride using the COTA//Plus mobile app. Within 15 minutes, a COTA//Plus vehicle will arrive to the pick-up location. COTA//Plus operates Monday – Friday from 5:30A to 8P. Fares are typically $3 per person, but are waived during the pandemic.
Monthly Technology First Feature
New Glasses Created by BYU Students
BYU students have created glasses to help children with Autism improve eye contact. This is how it works: the therapist wears the glasses that display animation on the lenses. The opacity of the lenses can be controlled by the therapist. When the session starts, the opacity can be set to a 100% so that all the child sees is the animation. Gradually, the opacity can be reduced until the child sees the therapist’s eyes. At that point, the therapist can start with their regular therapy lessons.

These glasses can trigger a response in the child’s brain that can help them become more comfortable with therapists and enable them to sit through speech lessons easily. Researchers think that besides therapy lessons, these glasses can help children with Autism connect with others more confidently.
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
October 13, 2020
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Topic: Waivers & Medicaid
A Guide to Interacting with Police: For individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Abilities Bowling
Sign Up by November 1
Building Social Skills for Teens and Adults - Autism Society of Central Ohio
Classes are held every Tuesday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. via Zoom.
Supporting Ohioans with Autism Webinar
Presented by: Ohio Interagency Work Group on Autism and Employment First
October 23, 2020
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
OOD Works
The latest OOD newsletter was filled with lots of great information. Below are the feature stories in the newsletter. To read the articles, click here.
  • Jonathan Finds Success through Ohio College2Careers
  • OOD Works Podcast: Alyssa Carswell, Classroom Behavior Therapist
  • OOD Continues to Assist Job Seekers
Advocacy Feature
This month we are featuring a four legged advocate named Cole! Cole is a pit bull who is deaf. Cole and his owner Chris have teamed up to spread kindness and teach others about disabilities. Through their work, kids and adults have developed a deeper understanding for people with disabilities. Click on the button below to read Cole's full story and watch a video of him on the Rachel Ray show!
COVID-19 Updates
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. We are here to help!