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Early Intervention, support for babies and toddlers with developmental concerns

By Margaret Szabo, EI Coordinator, Ottawa County Board of DD

When parents are told their child has a developmental delay, a disability, or a medical condition likely to result in a delay or disability, they often go through overwhelming feelings of shock, disbelief, anxiety, fear and despair; life takes on a new normal.  Normal becomes internet searches, insurance questions, paperwork, being put on hold, and a constant wonder of what’s next.  There are no manuals, rules or guides because every child and family is unique.  Normal becomes celebrating little victories, teaching compassion and courage, and finding out that you and your child are capable of so much more than any search result would indicate.  You’ll also find that you are not alone.  There are other parents like you with similar situations, and resources and agencies there to assist you.  

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

“Look Beyond” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2013. 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, “Look Beyond.”

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Public support encouraged for those with developmental disabilities

The campaign theme for Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month 2013 is “Look Beyond!” REM Ohio is inviting people to look beyond an individual’s disability to picture that person’s potential, seeing the individual’s unique capabilities and abilities. REM Ohio and other related organizations celebrate DD Awareness Month in March, and invite people to embrace the important message of this year’s theme.

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