"Our Community is Better Together" is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2012. The Ottawa County Board of DD and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme. Statewide organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability.
“Our Community is Better Together” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools, everyone wins.
“This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the people we serve,” said Melinda Slusser, Superintendent. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 450 people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live. ‘Together’ we can accomplish more.”
To kick off the month, the Ottawa County Board of DD hosted an open house and provider fair March 1. The event featured displays and booths from both partner and provider agencies from across the county. The open house allowed for vendors to share information regarding services available to county residents. Those in attendance enjoyed music performances by individuals with DD. Children in attendance were able to participate in a Make-It, Take-It craft item as well as have some fun with Truman the Dinosaur from Kidsville News. Thank you to ActivStyle, Imagine Art, Oak House, OCTA, for their donations of door prizes.
As you are out in the county, you may notice additional items in support of DD Awareness such as:
• Billboards located at Ohio 163 west of Oak Harbor, Ohio 53 south of the Mon Ami entrance, Ohio 53 north of turnpike exit 6 and on Ohio 53 west of Genoa by Clay Center Road.
• Banner on school building located on Ohio 163 between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor
• Bulletin inserts in many of the churches throughout the county
• Displays in local libraries
• Posters in county business windows — including our photo contest winner.
We hope that you will join us during the second part of March, and reach out to someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that when we are all together our communities are stronger, we accomplish more and everyone wins!
For more about the services offered by Ottawa County Board of DD, call the office at 419-898-0400, visit www.ocbdd.org or follow us on Facebook.