The month of March proved to be very successful in raising awareness of developmental disabilities in Ottawa County and all across the State of Ohio. Locally, the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OCBDD) raised awareness through this year’s theme of “Ability @ Work” by featuring David Salyers, service clerk at Community Markets, on billboards throughout the county and an up close interview. David’s popularity has grown as pictures of him spread quickly on the web. Members of the community commented on what a great guy he is and people were asking him for autographs. Even people that didn’t know David before were getting the opportunity to know him. Like many others served by the Ottawa County Board of DD, David has a lot to offer the community.
On March 16 the OCBDD and the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 teamed together to host a pancake and sausage breakfast with the proceeds going to Port Clinton High School scholarships. The main focus was to raise awareness and show that people with developmental disabilities are a part of the community. The breakfast showcased display boards of individuals working in the community, showing their “Ability @ Work”. Many individuals and their families supported the breakfast and volunteered their services. One volunteer enjoyed his role so much that he decided to join forces with the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus and volunteered to work at their Friday night fish fries.
It just goes to prove that given the opportunity to be included in the community; people with disabilities shine, not only through their smiles, but also through their work. Next year’s pancake breakfast is set for Sunday, March 15. Until then, look for ways to give people with disabilities the chance to be part of your life and part of the community.