Archives by Year: 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all finding ourselves in a “new normal.” We first published this blog post with a list of virtual resources for school-age children. We’ve updated this post to also include resources for adults! We hope you’re all staying healthy during this time.
School-Age Virtual Resources
For parents of children who are now learning from home, we have developed a list of virtual resources to assist you. Click here for the list of 100+ resources for online learning, free subscriptions, and activities to do at home!
Adult Virtual Resources
We know that adults are going just as stir crazy as the kids. Click here for a list of resources for virtual tours of museums across the world, free fitness options, and online learning!
Sometimes when we talk about inclusion, we’re really talking about integration. So what’s the difference and does it really matter? The answer is YES.
Integration, according to Dictionary.com, means the “intermixing of people or groups previously segregated.” In other words, I’m here and ready to mingle! But that doesn’t mean I’m involved or accepted into the fold. I simply just exist among others. It’s like showing up to a Spice Girls’ concert wearing a Dave Matthews Band t-shirt… I’m here, among music loving people but clearly do not belong to this herd.
Inclusion on the other hand is being a part of something larger. It’s belonging to a community built on true connection to others. Communities like family at the annual reunion who always includes Aunt Betty. You know the aunt with bad breathe, terrible lipstick and hugs everyone a little too hard? Yeah, Aunt Betty definitely brings something different to the table but the family accepts her because well, she’s family and she belongs. You get the idea.
So when we talk about people with disabilities being integrated (among) or included (belonging) does it really matter? YES! Psychology Today writes in their post The Health Benefits of Finding Your Tribe (September 11, 2012), that “Not only is it human nature to crave intimacy and belonging, it’s also essential preventative medicine.” True inclusion increases health, self-worth, lifts depression and gives people a sense of community and protection. So as you head out this March, be purposeful in the way you bring awareness. Be sure to help Delaware County grow a culture of inclusion by making all people a part of a something bigger, a community that cares for one another. Because in Delaware County, #AllMeansAll.
Each March, organizations around the country celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (NDDAM). This month is a time for us to rally together in the spirit of awareness for people with disabilities. This March, DCBDD is participating in or hosting a variety of events to spread the purpose of NDDAM throughout Delaware County. Below is a listing of the events we will be supporting throughout the month. Whether you join us for one or all of them, we appreciate your dedication to spreading the word!
2020 NDDAM Events
- March 2, 2020 – Go Blue for Acceptance and Awareness
- Employees and community members will be encouraged to sport their blue attire to kick off NDDAM. Post a picture of yourself on social media wearing your blue attire and use the hashtag #AllMeansAll
- March 13, 2020 – Annual Provider Meeting, Merrick Hall, Ohio Wesleyan
- March 16, 2020 – Intro to 3D Printing, The Maker Annex
- Learn the basics of 3D design and find out how 3D printing can be used to solve accessibility challenges!
- Click here to learn more or to register.
- March 19, 2020 – Lifetime of Giving, Scioto Reserve Country Club
- March 20, 2020 – John’s Crazy Sock Day
- Technically, the official day for this event is Saturday, March 21st. In the interest of getting more people involved and increasing awareness, we will celebrate this day before on March 20.
- Participants will sport their craziest, wild, out-of-the box socks to spur conversations about acceptance and inclusion.
- Take a picture of your crazy socks and post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #AllMeansAll.
- March 26, 2020 – Public Safety Day, Mingo Park
For questions about the events please contact Anne Flanery at email@example.com.
On January 13, 2020, the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD) will be auctioning our agency-owned vans through the internet auction site Govdeals.com. The following vans will be auctioned off via the site:
- 2011 Dodge Braun with Manual Lift Van listed at 65,109 miles
- 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan listed at 15,337 miles
The vans will be auctioned as-is and DCBDD makes no warranties or guarantees. All purchases are final. Purchases must be within the time-frames outlined on the internet auction.
Should you be interested in the vans, you will be able to access the auction through the website Govdeals.com. An account will need to be created to participate in the bidding.
Please do not contact DCBDD directly with any inquiries regarding purchasing the vehicles. DCBDD will be accepting inquires and bids through Govdeals.com only.