The Dispatch

Defiance County Board of DD's Monthly Newsletter

October 1, 2021


In This Issue

News from the Superintendent

Health and Wellness

Staff Recognition

Early Intervention

Good Samaritan School

Service & Support Administration

October Events

October Lunch Menu

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Happy Fall!

As the days start to get shorter, colder and leaves start to change colors and fall to the ground we continue each and every day to provide services to 200 plus individuals with developmental disabilities here in Defiance County. We are off to a pretty good school year even though we have had a couple instances where individuals/students and staff have tested positive for COVID. We have worked with our local Defiance County Health Department and they have continued to provided great support and assistance to us. We are truly grateful though that we are back to 5 days per week having our individuals/students coming to school.

We continue to encourage all visitors to our agency to adhere to our mask mandate as we want to make sure as much as possible to keep everyone healthy and safe. We all need to do our part to stop the spread of COVID. If you are not yet vaccinated, consult with your health care professional. If it is right for you, PLEASE GET THE SHOT! Remember to follow the recommended preventative measures; social distancing, stay home when sick, avoid large crowds, wash your hands, and wear a mask when appropriate!

We also continue to need substitutes for the Good Samaritan School anywhere from bus drivers, bus assistants, instructors, instructor assistants, and custodians. So if you are interested in working for us and enriching the lives of our individuals/students please stop in and complete an application.

We at the Defiance County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Good Samaritan School continue each and every day to work towards our mission which is “to enrich the lives and meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their community throughout their lifetime.”

We also encourage feedback from each and everyone of you so if you have a moment please take time to complete our survey and the link to it is:



If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us at (419) 782-6621.

Hope you have a Happy Fall Season!!

Timothy Bower

Health and Wellness


It's Fall!

It's that time of year where the weather gets cooler and we start to pull out our coats and sweaters. With the cooler temperatures comes cold season. Here are a few tips to keep your students and yourself healthy this fall.

  • Flu Shots will be available through your local provider, health department, and pharmacies.
  • Hand washing is an important tool to keep your student well. Help them practice good hand hygiene skills by reminding them to Wash Your Hands.
  • Healthy Food choices help your body's immune system be its best. Remember the more colors on your plate, the healthier you will be.

Staff Recognition

October Anniversaries

12 Years

Deb Holtsberry, Instructor Assistant

5 Years

Bret Mack, Director of Business Operations

3 Years

Taylor Vogelsong, Service and Support Administrator

2 Years

Tanya Bradley, Instructor Assistant and Bus Assistant

Early Intervention

The Referral

What happens when a referral is made to the Defiance County Early Intervention Program (irth-2 Years)?


  1. Service Coordinator calls to ask questions and discuss your concerns about your child's development.
  2. Questions around your child's development might consist of (but not limited to) play, behaviors; eating, sensory, fine motor, gross motor, self help skills, speech, social-emotional, cognitive and much more.
  3. Next we will discuss what the Early Intervention Programs is. If you are interested in learning more about the program and potentially receiving services.
  4. If interested a meeting is scheduled with the Service Coordinator to complete initial paperwork and schedule a Developmental Evaluation with the Early Intervention team.

Stay tuned next month for more on the El Evaluation Process!

Learn More About Early Intervention

Good Samaritan School

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We would like to thank all of the parents and guardians for your understanding as we maneuver through this pandemic. We will continue to communicate changes as soon as they arise. Although we could not have all of the field trips that we planned, our students were still able to participate in some amazing experiences. Some of our students were able to go to the Defiance County Fair, while others took trips to the library and grocery store. We will continue to work with Ayersville Local Schools about trying to get back to swimming once it is safe for all parties.      

Officer J from the Defiance City Police Department has started to stop in to interact with our students to promote safety and positive behavior. He will continue to stop in to participate in activities with our students throughout the school year.    


If a student is going to be absent from school please call the office to let us know. The bus drivers, bus assistants, and teachers do not always have time to report absences to the office.       

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Principal TJ, Anthony, and Tony are ready for some Tiger Basketball!!

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Service and Support Administration

The week of September 12 through 18 was Direct Support Professionals Week, and we would like to thank all those DSPs out there who are the FOUNDATION of the DD system! We cannot thank you enough for your tireless commitment to the people you serve: working long hours without seeing your own family, jumping from home to home to cover for someone who is out ill, forsaking that special trip you had planned to make sure your homes were covered…. Selflessness, dedication, compassion. All perfect words to describe everything you are, every single day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

During DSP week, the SSAs were able to deliver a small token of our appreciation to all the direct support professionals and their provider agencies. Because we don’t know all the DSPs by name, gift cards were delivered to each provider agency and each home where services were more than “drop in”. (And if we missed you, we apologize for the oversight and give us a call 😊)

And so a HUGE THANK YOU to the following agencies:               

Champaign Residential Services (CRSI)

Person Centered Services (PCS)

Easy Living


Gentle Hearts-Helping Hands

Filling Home

The ARC of Ohio

PC Workshop

A Common Thread


We Are Limitless 

Partners In Employment   

Quadco Defiance  

Quadco Stryker

Northwest Products 

Soaring Arts 

Trinity Place  

FH Community Center

Jade Poucher

Quadco Employment Services

Enjoy the photos, and here is a shout out to all the people who ROCK!!!


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National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. 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. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website: www.dol.gov/NDEAM.

October Events

Special Olympics Basketball

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October Practice Schedule

Self-Advocacy Group

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Order Your Donuts by Monday, October 4th!
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Peopleworks Annual Harvest Fest
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October Lunch Menu


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