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February 2020
DCBDD News and Updates
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM)
It's hard to believe but NDDAM is just around the corner! All month long, DCBDD will be participating in and hosting a variety of events to raise awareness of and support for inclusion. Click on the article below to see the big events DCBDD is participating in or hosting in March!
2020 National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month ...

Each March, organizations around the country celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM). This month is a time for us to rally together in the spirit of awareness for people with disabilities. This March, DCBDD is...

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Lifetime of Giving
It's time to save the date for DCBDD's Annual Lifetime of Giving! This event recognizes outstanding people in our community who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of people with disabilities. If you are interested in joining us please RSVP by March 2, 2020. RSVP is required.
Submit Nomination for Lifetime of Giving - Nominations Due Feb. 14
Has someone made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know? Please consider nominating them for one of our eight award categories. Click the link below to submit a nomination. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Anne Flanery .
Save the Date - Annual Provider Meeting
DCBDD invites providers to our first Annual Provider Meeting! Join us for a morning of appreciation, local and state updates, and an overview of DCBDD's 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. Light refreshments will be provided.
Public Safety Day
DCBDD is partnering with Delaware City Police, YMCA, and Delaware City Fire Department to bring together the first Annual Public Safety Day. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with a variety of emergency personnel and community partners. Safety is important and we want to ensure people of all abilities have the resources to make safe and informed decisions. This event is for people of all ages. We hope you will join us for an afternoon of fun. Please click here to register to let us know you're coming!
Community Events Resources
Parent Pages
Take a look at the February Edition of Parent Pages!
The Parent Pages are independently produced.
Safety Town Registration
DCBDD is once again working with the Delaware City Police Department and YMCA to bring this great educational event to youth in Delaware. Click here to learn more. Registration is filling up!
Steps to Success Resource Fair
Autism Awareness Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets
April 2, 2020
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Toilet Training Children with Developmental Disabilities - 2 Day Class
February 27 and March 5
Facing Takeoff: A first step approach to overcoming flight anxiety.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport
Adapted Outdoor Programming
Food For Good Thought is offering a new outdoor adventure program through a positive-psychology and outdoor behavioral healthcare approach.  Click here to learn more.
Special Planning for Special Families Hansen Legal LLC
February 21, 2019
10:30 a.m.
Caregiver Support Network Workshop
Resilience Building and Resource Sharing
February 22, 2020
2020 Census
The 2020 Census is right around the corner! It is important that everyone is counted during the census as it impacts our community and the funding and support allocated to our area. For more information, please click here.
Trauma and Resiliency Symposium
March 4, 2020
12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
20th Annual Multiple Perspectives Conference: Building Blocks for the Future
April 6-7, 2020
Themes include:
  • Everyday Ableism - Challenging What we Know About Disability
  • Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Post-secondary Education
Monthly Community Resource Feature
“WestervilleHelps” is an expanded financial assistance program for residents-in-need. Available support includes reduced or waived fees for Parks & Recreation programming (registration fees, daily passes, classes and recreation facility passes), assistance with utility costs (up to $500 per year), matching funds for sidewalk repair costs, and matching funds for exterior home renovations to maintain code compliance. Financial assistance is available for households with income at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For more information,  click here .
Monthly Technology First Feature
During a presentation at CES 2020, Samsung announced a new robot companion named Ballie. Ballie rolls along the floor and helps you with your day-to-day tasks. While it’s clear that Samsung sees Ballie as the center of your smart home, it could also have certain safety applications. Samsung suggests that Ballie could call for help in the case of a medical emergency, such as when an elderly person takes a fall and can’t get up. So, Ballie could wind up having a variety of uses around the home, but first and foremost, it sounds like it’s intended to make managing the growing number of smart home devices easier. Watch the video below to learn more!
Ohio Family Network Launches to Connect Communities
DODD Launches Ohio Family Network

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is excited to announce the launch of the Ohio Family Network, which will connect people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.

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