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July 2019
DCBDD News and Updates
3rd Annual Block Party
August 29, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

It's time for the big event of the year, the annual Block Party! This free and family friendly event is great for people of all ages. Live entertainment will be provided by the local cover band, Jimmy's Last Chance. There will be tasty food for purchase from Hogback BBQ Pit and Graeter's Ice Cream -- so come hungry! In addition to the live music and food, there will plenty of activities and games to keep you busy. Follow our Facebook page for updates on the event and be sure to share with your friends that you're attending DCBDD's 3rd Annual Block Party!
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National Disability Voter Registration Week - July 15 - July 19, 2019
Community Events & Resources
2019 Olentangy Braves BRAVELife Football Camp (Adapted Camp)
July 31, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Click here to learn more.
Caregiver's Restorative Yoga Class
Centered Yoga and Movement
679 High Street, Suite D
Worthington, OH
Click here to learn more.
Free Speech and Language Development
Westerville Public Library
July 29, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Click here  to learn more.
Strengthening Families Supplies for Scholars
Ashley Mobile Event:
July 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m
Buckeye Valley Food Pantry Inc.
101 East High Street, Ashley

Main Event:
July 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Willis Education Center
74 West William Street, Delaware
An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin
September 29, 2019

Dr. Temple Grandin is professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. Click here to learn more about her upcoming event.
Synergy Conference
October 2 - 4, 2019
Kalahari Resort & Convention Center
Visit: to learn more.
Technology First
Remote Support Monitoring
DODD defines remote support as " an off-site direct service provider to monitor and respond to a person’s health, safety, and other needs using live communication, while offering the person more independence in their home." This video shows one version of what Remote Support can look like. To learn more about Remote Support, click on the fact sheet below!
Letters from Staff at DCBDD
Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is a hot topic buzzing around various communities such as the disability community, aging population, and people whose medical needs are intensive. But what is it exactly? To some, I imagine it sounds like Rosie, the Jetsons family’s robotic maid. But in reality, assistive technology takes many forms and provides a wide range of support.

As defined by the World Health Organization, “assistive technology enables people to live healthy, productive, independent, and dignified lives, and to participate in education, the labor market, and civic life.” Sounds like a lifestyle most of us would like, right? Assistive technology is changing the quality of life available to people every day by restoring some of the independence that may have been lost.

While all of this sounds great, I bet many of you are still trying to put a picture to what assistive technology can do. Imagine you struggle with mobility and getting around your home. Turning on the lights, adjusting your thermostat, and answering the door are real struggles. Before assistive technology, you would have needed someone in your home to help you with these “simple” tasks. But what if you discovered there was technology out there to do all of these things for you? Even better, what if this technology already lives in most homes today? That’s right folks, we’re talking about the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and all the other smart speakers out there. A recent study reported that over a quarter of U.S. adults now own a smart speaker. ( Through a simple voice command, these smart speakers can connect to an array of Bluetooth enabled devices to accomplish many tasks. Now, you can live independently in your home with the support of a small device and reduce the financial expense of in-home support.

The example shared above is just that, an example of what technology can do. Because no two people are the same, their needs can be simple or extremely complex. And while assistive technology cannot restore total independence for all, it may be able to offer a small portion to lead a life of their choosing.