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June 2020
PERSPECTIVES
2019 Annual Report
This Annual Report highlights a few of the many accomplishments of 2019! From the completion of our 2017-2019 Strategic Plan to the launching of our very first Technology First Conference, there was much achieved in 2019 of which to be proud. Take a look at the full report to learn more.
Committed to Progress
Recent events have compelled all of us here at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities to reexamine the roles we play in fostering a community of equality and inclusion. We are an agency dedicated to serving individuals of all races, colors and creeds, but we know that we can, and we must do better. We must speak up, and speak out for racial equality. We stand against racial violence and the egregious and senseless murder of George Floyd. We stand against systemic racism, and acts of injustice, and we are dedicated to fulfilling our civic responsibility to be a force for inclusive change in our community. George Floyd matters. Black lives matter.

During the June 11, 2020 Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Board Meeting, Superintendent Kristine Hodge asked the Board to consider action to support the forming of an internal employee initiative to address and eradicate racism and discrimination and foster acceptance and inclusion.

Through a unanimous vote, the Board declared their support in a formal motion which reads as follows:

The Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities hereby authorizes and fully supports the Superintendent in formulating a Diversity and Inclusion initiative, in an effort to gain a better understanding of ourselves, and to make progressive changes to realize our goal of true equality and inclusion.

While we have room to grow, the Delaware County Board of DD is committed to progress and working towards a truly inclusive society.
Monthly Technology First Feature
WeWALK Smart Cane Special Edition

The company behind WeWALK, the smart cane for the visually impaired, has announced they are now taking pre-orders for the WeWALK Special Edition. Promising a smaller, more durable hardware design, including a louder speaker, the Special Edition...

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Some of the updated software features for the WeWalk Smart Cane that may be useful during the current COVID-19 pandemic:
  • With the social distance feature, visually impaired people will be able to keep the necessary distance recommended by health organizations with other people and if anyone comes near them, WeWALK will warn the users via vibration.
  • Improved navigation feature to help users be fully independent in their social lives - the clockwise navigation feature makes navigation experience easier and simpler. 
  • WeWALK can now notify users about places around them such as cafes, restaurants, and shops as they walk by. They will no longer need to ask other people for directions to a cafe or restaurant while they are out, they will be able to find them on their own.
  • With the latest improvements added to the public transportation feature available in more than 1500 cities around the world, users can now access the nearest stops to their location and accurate bus timetables, as well as find out how many stops are left to their destination.
Community Events Resources
Parent Pages
Take a look at the June Edition of Parent Pages!
The Parent Pages are independently produced.
Supplies For Scholars
Zoom Duck Derby
July 26, 2020
8:30 AM
Face Mask Social Story
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center created a great social story about wearing masks. Their story even includes a wonderful YouTube video about wearing masks.
Center for Disability Empowerment: How to Have Summer Camp in Your Home
Delaware County Emergency Management Fan Drive
DHVANI has committed to the monumental goal of providing a free face mask to every American.
In addition to providing medical-grade personal protection equipment (PPE) to our front-line health care heroes, DHVANI is currently in the final stages of prototyping a world-class reusable cloth face mask. With your help, we will manufacture and distribute masks to all 327 million American residents, absolutely free.
COVID-19 Updates
DCBDD is keeping our COVID-19 webpage updated with new information and resources. Please continue to check this page for the most up to date and accurate information available.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!