March is DD Awareness Month

By Wayne Gates – 

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and a number of adults from Brown County turned out to help the Brown County Commissioners take note of that fact on Feb. 28.
Lena Bradford, Superintendent of Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities, along with DD Board members and staff, met with the commissioners to hear a proclamation celebrating the month.
“Some of the services we offer include residential employment and community employment.  We strive to help individuals meet their full potential,” said Bradford.
“The people that are here today are in one of the three day programs that we have for adults in Brown County. We also have adults that receive services in other counties.”
Bradford said that the DD clients enjoyed making the trip.
“They were very excited to see our local government offices and the commissioners and to be a big part of declaring March as DD Awareness Month,” she said.
Bradford said that 370 people receive services from the Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
“If you are neighbors with someone with disabilities, an employer or business that has employed someone with developmental disabilities, go to church or just acquainted with one of these great people, we want to thank you for being there, giving them an opportunity and for your support,” she said.
Those in attendance at the meeting included Bradford, Cheryl Florence, Kelly Duncan, Tamara Sharp, Michelle Taylor, Amanda Brannock, Josh Black, Tammie Keller, Calvin, John Little, David Osborne, Patrick Thomas, Geoff Diesman, Norman Curtis, Leroy Cahall, Carrie Kayden, Dennis McCall, Steve Moats, Ricky May, Dan Nichlos, Anastasia Lanfear, Britany Nesmith, Sheree Barker, Mary Deboard, Catie Farrow, Jeremy Stenger, Joyce Blum, Mary Milton, Dwayne Fisher and JoJean Seip.
The proclamation was read by Commissioner Barry Woodruff and is reprinted below;
WHEREAS Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities were established by the Ohio General Assembly on October 25, 1967; and
WHEREAS the mission and purpose of Ohio’s county boards of DD remain as strong as ever, with county boards continuing to provide vital supports and resources to Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families; and,
WHEREAS the more than 300 people with developmental disabilities served by the Brown County Board of Developmental Disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers encourage everyone to focus on the abilities of all people; and
WHEREAS the most effective way to increase this awareness is through everyone’s active participation in community activities and the openness to learn and acknowledge each individual’s contribution; and
WHEREAS policies must be developed, attitudes shaped, and opportunities offered that allow people with developmental disabilities to live as independently and productively as possible in our community; and
WHEREAS in recognition of this important goal, the statewide theme for 2018 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is “Celebrate Community,” and
WHEREAS we encourage all citizens to foster and support such opportunities that include full access to education, housing, employment, and recreational activities; and
Now, therefore, we, The Brown County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim March 2018 as
and offer full support to efforts that assist people with disabilities to make choices that enable them to live successful lives and realize their potential; and
Furthermore, we urge all citizens to join in this celebration by spreading awareness of the many contributions offered by people with developmental disabilities in our community.