"Ability @ Work" is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2014. The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month in March, and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability @ Work.” 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.
“Ability @ Work” encourages people to understand that everyone has goals and dreams and desires to live a full life. "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 340+ people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have goals and dreams and when we see ability at work, we all succeed.”
To kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 hosted a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on March 16. The event featured displays of services offered by Ottawa County Board of DD, a pledge to end the word, art pieces by people with disabilities, and a kid’s coloring table. Guests enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, applesauce, peaches, and donuts. The Board would like to thank both community members and the local businesses that donated to the event (Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750, Bassett’s Market, TJ’s Catawba Café, and Robinson-Walker Funeral Home and Crematory).
As you are out in the county, you may notice additional displays in support of DD Awareness such as:
•Billboards throughout the county
•Church bulletin inserts
•Displays in local libraries
•Posters in county business windows
During the second part of March, everyone in the community is encouraged to reach out to someone who has a developmental disability.
To learn more about the services offered by Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities, contact the office at 419.898.0400, or follow them on Facebook.