Serving People with
Ohio Association of County Boards
Serving People With Developmental Disabilities
Celebrating the abilities of Ohio’s 85,000 individuals with developmental disabilities
We Will See You December 1!
Next week is the OACB 27th an- ber 2 in the Grand Ballroom from keynote speaker Ron Manderscheid
nual Convention. The convention 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. We are pleased to of the National Association of County
will be December 1-3 at the Hilton feature artists with disabilities from Behavioral Health & Developmental
Columbus at Easton, located at 3900 throughout Ohio at this event. a Disability Directors (NACBHDD)
Chagrin Boulevard. The main desk hospitality event will be hosted dur- will get the entire convention
can be reached at 614-414-5000. ing the show by The Billing Connec- started on the right foot.
tion & Primary Solutions with a slide
The annual Meeting of the OACB show sponsored by Norwich Consult- Just a reminder - please remember
membership, the Delegate assem- ing Services, Inc. to dress in layers as it is always dif-
bly, will be held following sessions ficult to keep meeting rooms at an
on Wednesday, December 1. Each an addition, the touring Sprout ideal temperature for all partici-
member County Board of DD will Film Festival will be featured. Films pants. Don’t forget to place your
have two seats available at the Del- by or about people with develop- phones on vibrate and if you must
egate tables. Delegate assemmbly mental disabilities will be available take a call, please exit the room.
registration is seperate from con- for viewing.
vention registration and can be And don’t forget - just steps away
completed on our website. a hos- Back this year is the Self-Advocacy from the convention site you will
pitality event will be sponsored Track. The OACB had an over- find the Easton Town Center – a din-
Wednesday evening by Petermann, whelming response to the Track ing, shopping and entertainment
last year, and we are expecting even Mecca. Please enjoy your free-time
more participation this year. Self- in the evening. Many of the restau-
advocates will be actively involved rants will take reservations. Both
in all tracks December 3, and will OACB and hotel staff will be happy
open each track for the day. to answer any questions you may
have regarding the area.
Registration begins on December 1
at 8 a.m. in the Hilton Pre-Function Most importantly, come ready to
Lobby. OACB staff will be checking learn, have fun and catch up with
you in and making sure you have friends you may not get to see but
Ltd., CBA Benefits and Midwest your registration items. once or twice a year.
Health Services, Inc.
On December 1, all participants will
Once again, the highlight of the an- report to the Grand Ballroom at 9
nual Convention will be the an-
a.m. for the Opening Plenary. OACB
nual art and Products Show, which Executive Director Dan Ohler, Di-
will be held on Thursday, Decem- rector John Martin, DODD and our
OACB Newsletter Volume 18 • November, 2010
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Convention Provides Networking Opportunities
By Dan Ohler, OACB Executive Director
OACB will host its 27th an- have, or better still, has already annual Convention and fol-
nual Convention beginning experienced it in the past and low the prompts from there.
one week from today. In ad- is willing to share with you
dition to being able to secure how they resolved that situ- In many respects, the annual
continuing education credits ation. Perhaps like no other Convention is viewed as the
for many professionals in the time in the 43-year history of ‘signature event’ of the OACB.
developmen- County Boards of Developmental It clearly is the one time each
tal disabilities Disabilities, it is imperative that year when our staff has the
service system, we work together, learn from opportunity to interact with
the annual each other and collaborate to so many of its clients in one
Convention find efficient, effective ways place. We understand that at
provides an to provide quality services. the end of any given day we
excellent op- are in the customer service
portunity to another very important part business and we feel honored
network with of the annual Convention is to have gained the support and
individuals from other coun- the Delegate assembly. This trust of our members. as we
ties. Regardless of whether represents an “annual meeting move forward into 2011 and
you are a Board Member, a of the members”. It is at this beyond, we are committed to
Superintendent, Business meeting where any member continuing to achieve those
Manager, Personnel Manager, board can introduce a resolu- objectives. The needs of 88
MUI Investigator, Early Inter- tion that may revise OACB’s County Boards of Developmen-
vention Specialist, Informa- governing documents or take a tal Disabilities are not always
tion Technology Professional policy position on a significant identical and there are cer-
(et. al.); there are sessions de- issue. A financial report for tainly times where democracy
signed to meet your needs and 2010 is provided, along with rules in terms of a particular
perhaps more importantly, 2011 budget projections. This position or project. We stay
there are people from other meeting also presents an op- focused on the Constitution
counties that have the same portunity for members to hear & Bylaws to guide us; govern-
responsibilities that you do. from their elected leadership ing documents that are estab-
Through the years, feedback and hear from one another as lished by our membership. We
has consistently indicated that to the best ways to move for- also keep at the forefront one
“interactions with peers” is a ward toward the accomplish- common theme: to enhance
valued part of the convention ment of goals. It is our hope the quality of life for individu-
experience. The opportunity that all 88 counties are rep- als with developmental dis-
to learn from others, hear that resented at the Delegate as- abilities. We look forward to
there is someone else expe- senbly; to register, simply go seeing you at the Convention!
riencing the same thing you to oacbdd.org, click on 27th
Bridges to Transition Helping Youth Succeed
By the end of federal fiscal year 2010, the Bridges team had processed nearly 400 referrals for
youth to receive vocational rehabilitation services.
Mark Your Calendar
Upcoming OACB Events
2011 Spring Conference - May 19 - 20, 2011 at the Hilton at Polaris
2011 Annual Convention - November 30 - December 2, 2011 at the Hilton at Easton
Spotlight on Steve Bolger
In an effort to better acquaint you with the volunteers who serve on the OACB
Board of Trustees, we will profile a Trustee who is a County Board of DD Board
Member each month. Profiled this month is Steve Bolger of the Jefferson County
Board of Developmental Disabilities and Board Member of the OACB.
How long have you been a Jefferson County Board Member? 7 years.
How long have you served as a trustee on the OACB? 2 years.
My family: Married to wife Pam. Children are Brady (age 13), Jake (11) and Karly (9).
Occupation? Nursing Home Owner & administrator.
Education? Business administration from Ohio Dominican; Masters in Healthcare Administration
from Ohio University.
Proudest moment as a Board Member? Successfully replacing the Superintendent for Jefferson
County and contributing towards the opening of the Jefferson Spectrum Center, which is a school for
children with autism.
Three people (living or dead) you would like to have dinner with? Nelson Mandela, al Pacino and
One thing I would like to accomplish: Create a new healthcare system for delivering care for nurs-
ing home residents.
People would be surprised to know that: I’m a very good cook.
My favorite thing to do is: Spend time with my kids and if I have a moment to myself, play golf.
My favorite snack food is: Potato Chips.
This irritates me: airports.
Last book I read was: Digital Fortress by Dan Brown.
My favorite movie is: Gladiator.
OACB Trustee Appointed to DD Council
Bob Milliken, President of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities and OACB Board
Member, has officially been appointed to the Developmental Disabilities Council.
Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Pass Levy
Requests on the November 2nd Ballot
Despite a very poor economic climate, Ohio’s County Boards of DD received a 100% success rate on their
levy requests. Eleven (11) Boards were on the ballot and all 11 were successful. Medina County Board of DD,
which lost a hard fought battle in May, came back with a 60% passage rate. Williams County Board of DD
passed a continuing levy!
The complete list of results:
Ashtabula: 1.33 mill renewal levy for seven years.
athens: 1.8 mill replacement levy for eight years.
Defiance: 1.9 mill replacement levy. First time on the ballot as a replacement.
Mahoning: 3 mill renewal levy for five years.
Marion: 3 mill Renewal Levy. To generate TBA for five years.
Medina: 1.12 mill replacement levy for 10 years.
Montgomery: 6.03 mill replacement levy. (NOTE: Montgomery County operates a Human Services Levy
and is a combination of DD, ADAMHS, Children’s Services, Elderly support, etc.)
Portage: 1.8 mill renewal levy for five years.
Putnam: .5 replacement levy for 10 years.
Vinton: 2 mill renewal levy for each of 5 years.
Williams: 2.5 mill replacement and 1 mill increase for a total of 3.5 mill on a continuing basis.
Meet OACB StaffOACB. Some of Dustin’s responsibilities at the OACB
Member Dustin McKee
Dustin is the Policy analyst for the
include working with the state legislature and DODD, conducting policy research, and collecting
and analyzing data on the statewide county board system. In an effort to give our members the
opportunity to get to know our staff better, we thought we would share a little insight into their
Family: With the help of my Dad, my poor mother had to raise three boys!
Favorite restaurants: Surly Girl Saloon, Marcella’s, Dragonfly (the list goes on).
Guilty Pleasure: Bells Two Hearted ale with Political News.
What I do when I'm not working: Jogging, playing music, reading, hanging out
with my wife and cats, rooting for the Steelers…
Favorite Movie: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (I know, the book is better).
Favorite moment working with individuals with developmental disabilities: Watching the people I
served help to make a Thanksgiving Dinner after taking my cooking class…
NOTE: The following letter to the editor was published in the November 9, 2010 issue of The Daily
Standard in Mercer County
To the Editor:
In reading the article published in the Standard on October 28, 2010, titled “Parents told
to drop disabled kids at shelters” I was amazed and disappointed that officials at any
level could even consider advising parents of individuals with developmental disabilities to
drop them off at a homeless shelter when the parents could no longer provide for their care.
After a great deal of reflection on this situation I understood why a similar response to a crisis
would not happen in Ohio. While Ohio and Indiana have the same Federal laws and regulations to
follow, and, I am sure, many identical or similar State laws and regulations governing services for the
developmentally disabled, Ohio has at least two laws that make Ohio’s system stronger than most of the nation.
The first of these is the law, passed in 1967, that created County Boards of Developmental
Disabilities. In Mercer County that board is the Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities, more
familiarly known as the Cheryl Ann Programs. County Boards Developmental Disabilities are
made up of seven unpaid members, five being appointed by the elected Board of Commission-
ers, two by the elected Probate Judge. The Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities is
given many responsibilities, including the responsibility to assure the safety and welfare of the citi-
zens of Mercer County who have developmental disabilities who may be in an emergency or crisis
The second pertinent law in this regard went into effect in 1986 that mandated the County Boards
of Developmental Disabilities to provide social work services to those eligible for County Boards of
Developmental Disabilities services. Among the many Mercer County Board of Developmental
Disabilities staff responsibilities is crisis intervention. At Cheryl Ann this staff is known as the SSA
When a crisis situation occurs here in Mercer County the SSA team gets together immediate-
ly to determine a short-term action plan that will meet the immediate needs of the individu-
al. Once the situation is stable, the individual, the individual’s SSA and his/her family will be-
gin to plan for long-term services and supports designed to prevent future crises. This planning
will involve other service groups at Cheryl Ann as well as other service providers and agencies.
Why this works so well in Ohio is because of the local accountability that is built into the system
from the beginning. Not only is the Board appointed by locally elected officials but more than 75% of
Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ operating funds are voted on and approved dir
ectly by Mercer County voters. Assuming no major changes to Ohio’s system by the Ohio legislature and
Governor, you will never see an article like the one on October 28 about Mercer County.
Mike Overman, Superintendent
Mercer County Board of Developmental Disabilities
The OACB recently began offering Affiliate Memberships to people and companies that enhance the lives of
people with developmental disabilities. In an effort to better acquaint you with our Affiliate Members, we will be
showcasing an Affiliate Member in each newsletter.
OLMR – Who is the “Ohio League”?
Often times when introducing The Ohio League, people smile politely and say they
have never heard of them. and, many who actually have heard of The
Ohio League believe they are the “Developmental Center supporters”.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Founder and father alfred Leist
created the Ohio League in 1987. His goal was and is today very simple.
People with disabilities need to have the correct options available to meet
their needs in residential settings, educational settings and in employment.
The Ohio League is a non-profit advocacy group with approximately 5,000
parents, sisters and brothers, people with developmental disabilities, direct-care workers, and
other professionals supporting the organization. They continue to push the goal of choice for all.
Rich Klein, President and father states “It’s no longer about the current ‘buzz word’, or latest,
greatest trend being tossed around as the great fix for all, it’s about sitting down with people who
have developmental disabilities and their families and figuring out the options that will best meet
“We can’t have a system that’s one size fits all and expect everyone to be successful in that
system” Executive Director Deb Plaza states. “Many people move into a community setting and are
incredibly successful and thrive in that setting. We believe that option should remain available
and people should have the chance to try it out. additionally, we recognize that some people have
a need for a higher level of support, and parents and families should not be afraid or ashamed to
ask for that support and that level should also be available.” The negative stigma of ICFMR’s or
Developmental Centers being an option for people needs to be eliminated; it’s simply another
option available. “I go back to it’s about what a person needs, simple as that”, Deb Plaza states.
Deb Plaza has been with The Ohio League for two years and can be reached through email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit The Ohio League’s website or become a member of The
Ohio League at OhioLeague.org.
Congratulations 2010 Executive Development Program Graduates!
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Across Ohio - News In A Nutshell
Adams CBDD’s Venture Productions Butler CBDD’s Early Intervention Both school age and adults are ex-
Inc. has been working with the local Specialists and a Service Coordi- cited about this season.
Master Gardener’s group, resulting nator are working with Help Me Cuyahoga CBDD joined the ranks
in the creation of Ohio Valley Grown, Grow to pilot the Primary Service of millions who are using Facebook
a non-profit corporation dedicated Provider approach with 20 But- effective October 1. This is part
to promoting the production and ler County families. The empha- of their ongoing effort to increase
marketing of locally grown produce. sis involves using many techniques customer service by offering more
Many individuals have participated already utilized, such as provid- interactive communication for con-
in weekly classes offered by the ing services where children are the sumers and their families; a way for
Master Gardeners and have been in- most, coaching families to be their them to communicate not only with
volved in the planting, maintaining, child’s best teacher, as well as us- the CBDD and one another.
harvesting, and selling of produce. ing the Routines Based assessment Delaware CBDD officially dedicat-
Recently, Ohio V alley Grown was to determine what the family feels ed its new building to the public
awarded a grant for the purchase they need to support their child October 22. Nearly 400 people at-
of a greenhouse for Venture, which with a disability. tended the open house and toured
will allow for year round gardening. Carroll CBDD purchased the One the spacious building. as part of the
The Adams CBDD approved the in- Call Now system to improve noti- celebration, 2,000 balloons were re-
stallation of a terraced garden on fication of events and closures to leased in honor of those receiving
a hillside behind the workshop for staff and people receiving services. services from the agency.
strawberries. A staff committee has developed
Allen CBDD is marketing leaf rak- an evaluation tool and is looking at
ing. For a number of years, Marimor eliminating steps and moving to pay
Industries has had an enclave that for performance.
works in the Lima City Parks each Champaign CBDD held its annual
summer doing various lawn mainte- Employee Recognition Luncheon
nance tasks. Marketing leaf raking on November 12th. Of the 66 em-
has been very successful, and the ployees currently working for the
“Leaf Doctors” are in high demand board, 53% have worked for the
in allen County. board for more than 10 years, and
Ashland CBDD formally dedicated 80% have worked more than 5 Erie CBDD’s Special Olympics softball
the Messerly-Kithcart Activity Area years. The CBDD also conducted team, the Erie Bucks, won their sec-
on October 18. The outdoor rec- an extensive survey of families re- ond consecutive state champion-
reation and social area for teenage ceiving CBDD services. About 1/3 ship, defeating Darke County in the
and adult clients is a product of a of those families were contacted championship game. Harry Miller,
community-wide project. The area by phone to gather input about the who receives services at Erie CBDD,
includes a basketball court, paved importance and quality of services was recently selected to be a leader
walkway, tables, swings, and in the provided, and 99% rated our servic- in the 2011 Project STIR program.
future a bocce court. The area is es as excellent or good, while 93% Harry completed the Project STIR
named after two long-time support- did not suggest any changes to the training and was one of a select few
ers, Donna Messerly and the late current array of services. The infor- invited back as a leader.
Frank Kithcart. mation will be used to develop the Fairfield CBDD’s Bobby Fisher, a
Athens CBDD proudly announces CBDD’s strategic plan. 73-year-old graduate of Berne Union
it has passed a 1.8 mill, 8-year levy Clark CBDD recognized it’s Com- High School and attendee of the se-
passed at 69%. Individuals receiving munity Partners at a luncheon No- niors day hab program at the Op-
services and their families recorded vember 18. Clark CBDD expressed portunity Center, collected personal
radio levy-support advertisements. they are incredibly thankful for the hygiene and other comfort items
Major fundraisers included a tele- citizens, business partners, and fam- for troops in afghanistan. He pre-
vised sub-eating contest and a com- ilies who supported Clark CBDD. sented them to a Berne Union 7th
edy night with professional come- Clinton CBDD drafted its new Stra- grade class that sent more than 70
dians. The Athens News published a tegic Plan. They worked many boxes overseas through the Blue
10-page feature section on all Board months obtaining feedback and lis- Star Mothers.
programs the week before Elec- tening to constituents. They feel Franklin CBDD congratulates Board
tion Day. also, on that weekend, the data is a good roadmap to guide Vice President Dean Fadel, who
Beacon School and PersonnelPlus were us through the next few years. also is President of OACB, for being
the recipients of the proceeds from Coshocton CBDD had a great re- recognized at the 10th annual SIBS
WATH/WXTQ Radio’s 27th annual sponse to the Special Olympics bas- Conference for his efforts to pro-
Chili-Bowl Cook-Off Benefit with ketball program and this year two mote the importance of siblings of
more 1,100 attendees. teams had to be created to meet individuals who have developmen-
the demands of the growing group. tal disabilities.
Gallia CBDD has relocated its adult event recognizing the participants chased for the SSa department to
Program and Sheltered Workshop. and businesses that have made our give each SSa a private work space
The new facility is located next to community employment effort suc- with adequate storage and space for
the Gallia County Early Childhood cessful. consumer files.
and Family Center at 77 Mill Creek Holmes CBDD’s Training Center had a Knox CBDD sponsored an anti-bul-
Rd. in Gallipolis. They are excited float in the Antique Festival parade lying event for fifth grade students
to be in their larger, more centrally (see related photo) in October. Be- that incorporated activities about
located facility. cause of past problems with snow disabilities and abilities throughout
Geauga CBDD is pleased to an- closure days in February, the Moth- the day. Organizations from across
nounce its partnership with the er’s Club held their quilting meet- Knox and Richland counties helped
Geauga County Educational Services with the booths. More than 400
Center to operate preschool classes students attended the two day pro-
in the Metzenbaum Center. as more gram. Students and teachers who
students are placed in the public participated expressed very positive
schools, collaboration and coopera- thoughts about the activities.
tion in operating the classes at Met- Lake CBDD held its 13th annual
zenbaum Center will help save dollars Doc’s Deepwood Run at the Deep-
while using the facility more fully. wood Campus on September 26,
Guernsey CBDD hosted a “fun day” with about 750 motorcycle enthu-
for the students at Golden Rule School siasts participating. Prizes and re-
and the adults attending Guernsey ings in November this year. The freshments were plentiful, with a
Industries in cooperation with the quilt stitched is always one of the grand prize drawing of 2010 Harley
Kiwanis Club. activities included a most sought after of the more than Davidson Fatboy lo. Doc’s Deep-
bounce house, games and food. 70 quilts auctioned at the Spring wood Run was established 13 years
Hamilton CBDD had several indi- Festival in May. Dr. Cuccaro from ago by a Vietnam vet named Doc
viduals volunteer at Vineyard Com- the University of Miami in Florida, and is supported by a group of vol-
munity Church in Cincinnati sorting in conjunction with V anderbilt Uni- unteers to benefit individuals with
donated clothes for people served versity, gave a presentation about a developmental disabilities. Over
by the church’s Healing Center. study of autism in amish commu- the years, more than $350,000 has
The individuals who volunteered nities at the parent’s association been raised and disbursed in grants
are part of a program at Hamilton meeting in November. to help people get specialized
CBDD for those at risk of involve- Huron CBDD had two individuals equipment, go to camp, and assist
ment with law enforcement. Jean Mull (fore- in meeting a variety of needs. The
Highland CBDD celebrated with ground) and Ra- Lake County Board of DD appreciates
a ribbon cutting for the new play- chel Jones (back) the efforts of everyone involved in
ground. The photo below shows Su- assist the Nor- hosting the Doc’s Deepwood Run
perintendent Chuck Biggert (left) walk Salvation event, and the outstanding benefits
and Preschool Teacher Joyce Baker army in their the committee provides to the indi-
community vol- viduals served by the Board. It is
unteer efforts in an extraordinary event with excep-
packing lunch- tional people.
es for children Lawrence CBDD’s Open Door School
who receive free will be participating in the 2010
lunches during the week. Festival of Trees at the Paramount
Jackson CBDD is celebrating the Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky.
holidays during November with a Students from Primary II and Inter-
private showing at their local movie mediate classes will be decorating
theater for the J-V Adult Service the tree for their theme, a Dreamy
Center and Hope Haven School. They Dickens Christmas.
are also attend a viewing of the Licking CBDD’s Chapter of People
holding the ribbon, while Board American Cancer Society’s “Festival First got its start in September, and
President Linda allen cuts it with of Trees” and a reception follow- already members of the group have
preschool student andrew McCol- ing. “art in the Heart” has donated booked speaking engagements.
lum. The playground was funded by a handmade nativity and creche for In early November, five individu-
a combination of donated funds and this fundraising event. als gave speeches to Granville High
funding from the Ohio Department of Jefferson CBDD has recently began School students. It didn’t take long
Education, Highland County Endow- a number of small projects aimed for our People First group to hit the
ment Fund, and the Highland County at improving our Training Center ground running; advocating for
Board of DD. building. A small roof project, pav- themselves and sharing their ex-
Hocking CBDD is getting ready for ing project, restroom renovation, periences seems to be their forte!
its accreditation review. They also and painting project are scheduled They did a great job at Granville
celebrated October as Community for completion by the end of the High School, and they look forward
Employment month by holding an year. Cubicles are also being pur- to sharing with other groups.
Logan CBDD The people served by Comer the prestigious honor of org, by utilizing the services of a
RTC Employment Services are open- State of Ohio Special Olympics Coach local Public Broadcast TV station
ing a store in Bellefontaine called of the Year, presented during a cer- throughout 2010 to produce the
“Instant Replay”. It is a second- emony at the University Plaza Hotel, videos. The videos are 30-minute in-
hand sporting goods store where near the campus of the Ohio State terviews of Department Directors
customers can buy used athletic University. discussing services provided to the
equipment. The opening of the new Mahoning CBDD recently held a community supporting individuals
retail business will help those served rally to support its 3 mill levy cam- with disabilities. Links are provided
by RTC Industries Inc. learn valuable paign. The evening included a clas- on each page of Montgomery CBDD
on-the-job skills while offering Lo- sic car show, chili cook-off compe- website. The videos are first shown
gan County residents unique deals tition, a marching band, fire truck, on the Miami Valley Communica-
on sporting good items. The official pony rides, fun, music and dancing. tions Council community station
opening was October 14. With nearly 400 people attend- over a three-day period. Staff and
Lorain CBDD recently hosted two ing the outdoor activity under the provider training videos will also be
exciting events promoting health, canopy at Bev MaSCO, the evening available. In the future there will
wellness, and ath- was a huge success and helped pass be video of Early Intervention ses-
letics. The Mur- the levy. Thank you to Mahoning sions made available to the family
ray Ridge Center County for supporting the Board’s via password protected links.
Fun & Wellness programs and activities. Morgan CBDD will continue a tra-
Expo provided Medina CBDD saw nearly 100 in- dition dating back to 1991. That’s
a day of food, dividuals with developmental dis- when then-Superintendent Gil-
abilities take the stage last month bert Melragon hosted the first
for the Medina CBDD’s semi-annu- program-wide Thanksgiving meal.
al musical stage production. This Staff and families provide the side
year’s presentation, titled Don’t dishes for the meal, and the turkeys
Stop; A Story of Self Determination are donated by area civic organiza-
& Believing, was written by Medina tions. For the past two years the
games, athletic activities, wellness CBDD staff members and told the consumers’ cooking group has pre-
information booths, and a special story of one individual’s journey to pared side dishes at the workshop,
appearance by the Mega Cham- self-determination as he interacts frozen them, and they have been
pionship Wrestlers. The Murray with iconic musicians from the past enjoyed at the meal. Preparing for
Ridge Inland Trail Marathon/Half and present. The two night produc- the Thanksgiving meal is a wonder-
Marathon and 5K Run/Walk fol- tion was seen by more than 1,800 ful opportunity for staff and people
lowed the next morning. This Bos- audience members. receiving services to work together.
ton-qualifying event attracted more Mercer CBDD had its annual in-ser- We look forward to carrying on this
than 300 runners from around the vice recently, and this year’s presen- Thanksgiving tradition for many
country, and proceeds benefited the tation was on their own community years to come.
Murray Ridge Levy Committee. employment and services presented Morrow CBDD will bid farewell to
Madison CBDD is proud to announce by the Board’s community support one of its longtime Board Members
they are home to the State of Ohio’s staff. The staff presentations were as Phil Ohler, father to one of our
Special Olympics Coach of the year. enhanced by testimonials from sev- adult consumers. Mr. Ohler leaves
While winning has been important eral recipients of community servic- the Morrow CBDD after serving 12
to Recreation Coordinator Lincoln es. The Board reported that seeing years. He has been a very faithful
Comer as he has skippered many and hearing results from their de- and dedicated Board member, al-
Special Olympics sports teams over cisions that were made in the past ways keeping the best interests of
the years, the development of his makes current decision-making those recieving services in mind.
athletes as more meaningful. Mr. Ohler has witnessed many
people has Miami CBDD recently reported on changes to the Board’s programs,
been at the the community outreach projects having been through 21 levy defeats,
top of his to- for three teams of Service and Sup- and having been involved in the
do list. It was port administrators. The remin- difficult decision of making many
this compas- ing team has rented a unit in a lo- program cuts. In his capacity as a
sion for Spe- cal storage facility and has been Board Member, Mr. Ohler has also
cial Olympics working hard the past few months served on the Board’s Facilities/
athletes, as to stock it with donated furniture Transportation Committee and the
well as suc- and household items and create Board’s non-profit housing corpora-
cess on the an inventory system. Individuals tion. Mr. Ohler will continue to stay
playing field, served by the CBDD who are in involved with the Board in some ca-
that earned need of household items can utilize pacity. It is with great appreciation
Madison CBDD Recreation Coordinator Lincoln Comer this well-organized system to access for all of his hard work and dedica-
(left) was presented with the Special Olympics Coach of help in times of crisis. tion that Morrow CBDD say good
the Year for the state of Ohio recently. Presenting Comer
with his award is Marty Allen, Program Director for Montgomery CBDD has created a bye to Phil as a Board Member.
Special Olympics Ohio. video website www.mcbddsvideos.
Muskingum CBDD will be present- in numbers of Special Olympians mer Ohio State University basketball
ing its Starlight Industries art of the who participate every year, and it’s standout Jay Burson. also, to mark
a great recognition opportunity,” the month, RNI had five billboards
said Kirk McMahon, District Su- and received a proclamation from
perintendent. “They are athletes the County Commissioners.
and should be awarded varsity let- Ross CBDD Music Therapist Kris
ters with all the rights and privileges Ramsey has Pioneer School’s Bell
that go along with it.” For more of Choir on the road again this year.
this story visit http://www.circlev- The Bell Choir regularly practices
illeherald.com/articles/2010/11/15/ and visits nursing homes, assisted
news/doc4ce14607eca23640983710. living centers, senior citizens cen-
txt. ters, churches, and all kinds of com-
Pike CBDD and the Pike Metropoli- munity activities to which the Choir
tan Housing Authority are working is invited. This is a free community
with those receiving CBDD services service which everyone enjoys.
Heart Studio artists at the OACB and their families to improve qual- Sandusky CBDD is very excited to
27th annual Convention. They ity of life through environmental announce that they have recently
will be selling wind chimes, holiday modifications and adaptive assis- purchased a beautiful 6,400 square
cards, and Christmas ornaments. tive equipment services under the foot facility dedicated to all day ar-
We hope to see you there! HCBS Waivers. There have been ray programming. This facility is
Ottawa CBDD has teamed up with 11 projects completed since 2009 located in the heart of Fremont, di-
its public transit authority OCTA, making life easier for all involved. rectly down the street from the high
to challenge RVI (Riverview Indus- Portage CBDD was pleased with the school, future home of the middle
tries) and ORSI (Housing Corporation) very positive renewal of its five-year school, and our local YMCA. The
to a volleyball match to benefit both 1.8 mill levy issue. The Board thanks site has given us the room neces-
the United W of Ottawa County and the citizens of Portage County for sary to expand our innovative pro-
the People First chapter. People First their continuing commitment to gramming and quality services.
members are excited to manage the needs of persons with devel- Some opportunities available are
concessions and door prizes. opmental disabilities and would
Perry CB and its The Employment also like to congratulate the other Bill Young, having
Connection of Hocking and Perry Coun- 10 counties whose issues were also fun with the Brutus
ties (TEC) helped celebrate October very successfully supported. The mascot
that presided over
as National Disability Employment Board will next be on the ballot in the conference. His
awareness Month seeking to pro- the 2013 general election. girlfriend, Michelle
mote positive employment out- Preble CBDD honored four of its Smith is wearing
the shirt that was
comes for people with disabilities retiring Board Members at a recep- designed for the
by encouraging employers, schools, tion November 9. Collectively, Paul weekend by Wil-
and community members to recog- Shaeffer, Carolyn Showalter, Mary liam Keels, who is
another self advo-
nize the talents that people with Louise Howard and Stanley Spen- cate with very cre-
disabilities bring to the workplace. cer have contributed more than 44 ative abilities.
TEC hosted their first annual aware- years of service to the Preble CBDD.
ness luncheon in Hocking County Congratulations and thank you for pool league, corn hole, music class
and dinner in Perry County where your leadership, dedication and and karaoke, academics, book club,
more than 70 people attended. commitment! art club along with daily exercise
Business partners, school districts, and vocational training. Gener-
and individuals were recognized ally, three times per week our walk-
for their efforts in improving di- ing club members join the YMCA
versity throughout the community. walking club. To date, we have
TEC would also like to announce walked collectively nearly 60 miles!
Sue Schmitter-Motta as Executive Pictured left to right are Stanley Spencer, Carolyn Show- We are planning an open house in
Director of the program. For pro- alter, Mary Louise Howard and Paul Shaeffer. early spring after some minor reno-
gram information contact Sue at ss- vations, but if anyone is interested
email@example.com and for Richland CBDD saluted more than in a tour, please contact Mandy
Community Outreach efforts con- 100 area employers during Disabil- Camden at 567-201-2063.
tact Lindsey Jago at ljago@tecohio. ity Employment awareness Month Scioto CBDD will be hosting a re-
org or by calling 740-385-4371. in October during the annual Em- tirement party for Superintendent
Pickaway CBDD is pleased to an- ployer Recognition Breakfast on Brenda Benson at 1 p.m. December
nounce that Circleville High School October 28, which attracted nearly 10 in our adult Services Building
students who participate in Special 300 people. Gorman-Rupp Industries (STAR Inc.) Everyone is welcomed
Olympics will now be eligible to earn and PB and Jelly Beans were named to attend. The Board has hired Ben
a varsity letter for their efforts af- the Employers of the Year. RNI Hollinger, currently Superintendent
ter a unanimous vote by the Board also honored three Employees of in Hocking County, as the new su-
of Education. “We are growing the Year. The guest speaker was for- perintendent. On a seperate note,
the new bus garage is completed, Tuscarawas CBDD has provided ser- hold its fall concert in November.
and Petermann has moved in to it. vices to children ages 5-21 through- The choir has produced a DVD
Seneca CBDD saw its Individuals out the years in the traditional which highlights the choir, its
For Unity, Self Advocates from Seneca way of assigning students to an in- members and its performances. It is
County, just complete their 16th an- structional classroom according to available for purchase for a suggest-
nual conference November 13-14 at chronological age and classroom ed donation of $10. Please contact
the Sawmill Lodge. advocates chose numbers as specified by the Ohio Dawn McKenna at (513) 695-1857 or
the theme “Ohio State Basketball” Department of Education’s (ODE) Pro- Dawn.Mckenna@co.warren.oh.us.
to promote the advocacy confer- cedural Guidelines. It has become Washington CBDD’s staff and persons
ence which was entitled “Let’s Get increasingly apparent that by just receiving services participated in a
Fired Up for advocacy.” John Die- following these Procedural Guide- fundraiser for beloved bus driver
bler, Ohio State basketball player, lines, individual student needs were “Joe” who has been diagnosed with
sent an inspirational video message not always able to be met to the a life threatening illness earlier this
to the group via his father Keith fullest extent possible. This school month. Through the generosity of
Diebler. There were 145 people in year, with the help and support of participants and our community
attendance. an educational consultant, students more than $17,000 was raised.
Stark CBDD presented the annual and staff were assigned to the fol- Wood CBDD is taking advantage of
Great Pumpkin Race with TWi. lowing classes by individual need/ current technology. They are using
There are many community spon- strengths versus chronological age iPads to teach students. accord-
sors of the race. all proceeds bene- span: an Intensely Structured Class- ing to Chris McDonald, Speech/
fit Stark Special Olympics. Given bud- room, a Technology Classroom, a Language Pathologist, the use of an
get cuts, this event becomes a major Functional academics Classroom iPad is giving students an additional
fundraiser for the Spe- for younger students, and an Inde- avenue to expand their abilities to
cial Olympics program. pendence/Vocational Classroom for learn and communicate. Children
about 500 runners/ the older students. This approach is now read stories by having the
walkers from Northeast proving to be beneficial in maximiz- story pictured and spoken through
Ohio participate in the ing the potential of each student by the iPad. Students learn to identify
race each year. allowing staff to focus on strengths signs, learn vocabulary, and express
and better meet individual student feelings. One program even repeats
TWi artist Bambi Bernhardt won the logo design needs. the sound, phrase or sentence ex-
contest for the 2010 race t-shirt.
Union CBDD is saying good-bye to pressed. This has encouraged stu-
Summit CBDD is now offering hand- two Board Members, Steve Streng dents to increase their communica-
sewn and pottery products made by and Bruce Davis. They both began tion skills. The iPad can also serve
the Summit CBDD program par- their Board tenure in 1999. They are as a student’s communication board
ticipants in a seasonal kiosk at the completing their third consecutive with standard words and phrases
Chapel Hill Mall in Cuyahoga Falls. four-year terms, the maximum per- they would use in everyday activi-
This is the fourth year for this high- mitted by state law. Bruce was ap- ties at school and home. And, just
traffic location during the holiday pointed to the Board by the Union like any kid, they can connect to the
shopping season. Open from No- County Commissioners. He served as Internet and access things like You-
vember 1 - December 31, the kiosk Board President from 2001-2009 Tube, e-mail, and other fun digital
provides a great community pres- and also has served on numerous media on the web.
ence for the agency as a distribution committees. Steve currently serves Wyandot CBDD is pleased to an-
point for literature and community as the Board President. Over the nounce its local Lions Club just
outreach material. years, he also has served on numer- completed a wheelchair accessible
Trumbull CBDD offered its com- ous committees and was appointed nature trail and observation deck
munity a glimpse into the world of to the Board by the Union County in the Soil & Water Conservation
art performed by people with dis- Commissioners as a parent appointee. District’s natural woodlot, which is
abilities. The Fairhaven Foundation, located on the property adjacent to
under the direction of Linda Tiiho- angeline School & Industries. It’s
nen, sponsored an art Show at the fantastic and all volunteer!
Squaw Creek Country Club, which
was attended by hundreds of mem-
bers of the public and employees of Pictured are (left )Bruce Davis and (right) Steve Streng
the Trumbull CBDD. Hundreds of
pieces of art were displayed along an
V Wert CBDD has a contract with
with the 12 winners of the compe- Hupp Aerospace Defense. Employees
tition. The art will be featured in have packaged more than 1.5 mil-
the Fairhaven Foundation 2011 calen- lion parts for kits used on the Chi-
dar. Warren City Schools vocal music nook and apache helicopters, as
department performed and artists well as the Humvee and other mili-
with disabilities demonstrated their tary equipment.
painting skills during the evening. It W arren CBDD was proud to watch
was a gala event. its choir, Voices of Warren County,