Inspiring, empowering, and supporting people to achieve their full potential.
December, 2018
Holiday Hours
DCBDD will be closed
  • December 24, 2018
  • December 25, 2018
  • January 1, 2019

If you experience an emergency during any of these days, please contact 740-369-3316 and ask for the SSA on call.
December 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!
Meet Sarah! Sarah is an exceptional young lady who is not only incredibly intelligent but is also heavily involved in her community. Recently, Sarah learned that she was a Semi-Finalist for the National Merit Scholarship!

In her scholarship application Sarah wrote, "I may always struggle with regulating my emotions and fitting in, but whenever I doubt myself, I only have to reflect on my past to see how far I have come. My challenges were great, but my past has paved the way for my future success. As I did on the panel, I can continue sharing my story to inspire others to always improve, no matter how difficult change may seem." Read More.
Lifetime of Giving 2019
DCBDD is preparing for its 2019 Lifetime of Giving Awards. Please consider nominating someone for one of our nine award categories!

Learn more about Lifetime of giving or submit a nomination by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact Anne Miller (740-201-5810).
Thank You Dedicated Board Members
At the December Board Meeting, DCBDD will recognize Alice Nicks, Jerry Plassenthal, and Rita Seese for their dedicated service as board members. Their time and commitment to the mission of DCBDD has been most appreciated.

In January, Delaware County Commissioners appointees Ted Klecker and Stephen Finney and Probate Judge appointee Dana Lehman will begin their terms as board members, filling the seats previously held by Alice, Jerry and Rita.
Community Events & Resources
Transition Bootcamp
This workshop series is intended to provide information on the transition from high school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Learn More
Special Toddler Yoga & Movement
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Sensory Solutions
ASCO iPad Grants 2018
ASCO is administering an iPad grant to help children or adults who are in need of an iPad for communication or educational support. Click here to learn more or apply.
Sit Together and Read (STAR) Improving Print Knowledge Through Reading Books with Children
January 10, 2019
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
#ALLIN Recreation Fair
January 26, 2019
10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Westerville Community Center
Adaptive and Inclusive Opportunities at Westerville Parks and Recreation
Click here to view the 2018-2019 winter schedule.
From the Superintendent
As soon as the calendar is turned to its final page, the clock begins ticking. For many, December is a mad dash to the end of the year. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is easy to get lost in the countdowns, last minute shopping and year-end tasks. Before we know it, the holidays will be over and we will be in a new year.

I often find myself discussing mindfulness with staff. I stress the importance of taking the time to appreciate the moments. At a young age, my dad taught me to be in the moment. My brothers and I knew that when we were with my dad we had his undivided attention. There’s something very powerful about that. Being “in the moment” is an important tool I have carried into my personal and professional life. It is in those moments that life happens, information is shared, and memories are made.

I recently read a quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn that said, “The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.” While the concept of mindfulness is important every day, I find myself emphasizing it even more during the holiday season.

Whether it is unplugging from technology, taking a minute to listen to that podcast you’ve had in your library for far too long, or going for a walk with your four-legged friend, take a moment for yourself. Even if it is just for five minutes, that moment of mindfulness can be a calming breath of relief when times get busy.

As we focus on taking care of ourselves, we are ever mindful of our responsibility to provide quality services to people in our community. Looking into 2019, I am excited to implement the final year of our Strategic Plan. We will continue to build and improve upon the path to inclusion we have worked so hard to create.
I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful season!