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Payton is a vibrant senior at Olentangy High School. Amidst all of the craziness of the pandemic, Payton experienced a night like no other when she was crowned homecoming queen during a Friday night football game. Payton described her feelings that night as both happy and a little nervous. Dressed in a beautiful fall dress and her snazzy brown boots, Payton was crowned queen with a silky sash and a blue crystal crown. She was living a real life fairytale.
“It was a proud moment for my husband and me,” shared Payton’s mom, Patty. “We love and appreciate the fact that the Olentangy students have always accepted and embraced her because Payton loves them. The moment we learned that the students chose Payton, it was quite emotional. The Olentangy staff and community have always been so kind and supportive. It was truly the crowning moment of all 12 years.”
Along with the title queen, Payton is so many other things. She is an active participant in Buddy Up tennis, dance, Young Life, and choir. People who know Payton describe her as friendly, humble, and kind. If you spend any length of time with Payton you will be smiling from her infectious personality. It’s not hard to see why her peers voted her queen.
When Payton graduates, she will spend a few years in the Olentangy Act program. After that, Payton plans to be a successful business woman who runs her own business.
We closed the interview with a few inspiring words from Payton. “Be brave and kind. I’ll always be a Brave.”
We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you Payton!
DCBDD has nearly completed the first year of the the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. Within this plan, DCBDD is focusing on three core goals and their corresponding objectives. The three goals are:
- Maximize opportunities for independence and inclusion throughout a person’s life span.
- Foster a person-centered culture internally and externally to promote excellence.
- Advocate for developmental disabilities initiatives to enhance the lives of all people.
Despite spending much of year one in a global pandemic, DCBDD is very proud of the work that was accomplished in this first year. To review our 2020 Progress Report, please click here. After you review, please click here to complete our brief three-question survey to offer your feedback. The survey will remain open until January 31, 2021.
DCBDD is now accepting Requests of Interest (ROI) for Core Team therapists. Please click here to download a copy of the ROI and Questionnaire.
All ROI responses must be submitted to Tina.Overturf@dcbdd.org via email by Monday, August 10, 2020 at close of business.
Early Intervention and Service and Support Administration have joined forces to create a single department of Programs and Services. The combining of these two departments will provide added benefits to both the people we support and our employees. “A single department provides smoother transitions throughout the lifespan of the people we serve, provides consistency in the quality of services people receive, and increases the knowledge of and access to community resources for the people we support,” explained Superintendent Kristine Hodge.
Leading this department are two familiar faces. Tina Overturf, former Director of Early Intervention, will serve as the Director of Programs and Services. Cheryl Smart, former Director of Service and Support Administration, will serve as the Assistant Director of Programs and Services.
“Throughout my experiences with the county board system, I have come to understand the importance of continuity across all age ranges,” shared Tina. “I look forward to aligning the Early intervention Department and the SSA Department to capitalize on the strengths of each department for the benefit of the people we serve.”
Tina and Cheryl passionately believe in serving others. “I believe in people,” said Cheryl. “We are all humans with talents, imperfections, valued relationships, skills yet to be developed with contributions to make. This agency believes in that and more importantly, DCBDD actively supports everyone’s right and responsibility to lead a fulfilling life of their choice.”
Together, this compassionate duo will transform our Programs and Services Department. “I truly believe that we have the ability to positively impact the people we serve and our community through inclusion and empowerment,” shared Tina. “Our work is to listen and support the connections from each individual we serve to their family, friends, work and community.”
Get to know our two fearless leaders by reading their bios below. We are confident that Tina and Cheryl will continue to move our agency forward and enhance the services our community has come to know and expect.
Get to know our directors!
Meet Tina Overturf, Director of Programs and Services
Tina has been working in the County Board system for 17 years. For the last 12 years, Tina experiences have been focused on Early Intervention. While her most recent experience is in leading our Early Intervention Department, she also has experience in Service and Support Administration, adult services, job coaching, school age services and preschool services. Tina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Walsh University and her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Kent State University.
Tina loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters. Her hobbies are reading and connecting with family and friends. She loves to cook and listen to music (There is always a dance party going on at the Overturf house!).
Meet Cheryl Smart, Assistant Director of Programs and Services
Cheryl began her work in this disability field volunteering in high school with the Summit County Board of DD with their children’s program. In 1986, she became an Independent Living direct support professional (DSP) for a residential agency in Akron, Ohio. While there, she also worked as a support coordinator and home manager for people with disabilities. In 1989, she began working with Goodwill Industries as an employment specialist while attending Kent State University for her Master’s Degree in education and rehabilitation counseling. Cheryl’s work in rehabilitation counseling brought her to the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 1993 for a semester internship. That semester internship has blossomed into a nearly 30 year career of excellent support to people in Delaware County.
Chery is married and has a step daughter, son in law and an amazing grandson. She is a self-proclaimed homebody, enjoys gardening, exploring local and state parks, and traveling with her family and friends.
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.