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Board of DD to celebrate March as awareness month

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities met in regular session Thursday and looked ahead to DD awareness month, which is celebrated every March.

This year’s theme is "Ability at Work".

Throughout March, the board will recognize the value people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities have every day in our communities.

The board provides and/or advocates lifelong services to nearly 500 residents with developmental disabilities. A few of the month-long activities include the annual Elected Officials breakfast, which will be Thursday, March 20th at 8:00 am. John Martin, Director of Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers will be Bryan Krehn, an associate, Mike Wissner, an advocate; Family Court Judge Mike Brady; and Tony Core, President of the Logan County Commissioners. The annual appreciation breakfast honoring the business clients of RTC Industries and the local businesses that employ persons with developmental disabilities will be March 11th at 7:30 am.

Nancy Evans-Donley, Manager of Adult Services, presented the “faces of RTC”. She informed the board of all the wonderful work done by employees at the RTC Adult Services Program. The Senior Program serves 18 associates and has three staff. They participate in many group activities including arts and crafts, hikes and walking, and trips and adventures. The Adult Services Workshop serves 76 associates on 1st shift with the assistance of two habilitation specialists and ten vocational staff, 2nd shift serves 15 associates with two apprentices and 1 staff. This group provides services to many local companies. It was very impressive to hear the amount of items that have been through the workshop doors. Nancy highlighted a few of those as follows: AGC: rails 15,000 already in 2014, clips over 2 million in 2013, Y1BC laces over 25,000 in 4 months. HONDA: over 20 types of differential caps totaling over 37 million parts inspected. Belletech: Rear window defrosters, 1 million in 2011. Window camera brackets 189,000 in 2013. Daido Metal: Trays & Totes for the car lines wash & peel labels. RTC Industries, Inc: Paper shredding: They have over 108 customers. Associates sort the colored paper from the white, shred it, and bale it to be sold. Electronic document Imaging: Associates scan, organize, and do quality inspection. They provide documentation to verify originals are destroyed when the quality inspection has been completed. If your company is looking for assistance with a project call Helen Manns (Operations Manager) at 292-3027.

In other business, Superintendent Saul Bauer discussed the Employment First Project and the anticipated changes in Ohio regarding vocational services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency (OOD), are partnering in a statewide initiative to expand community employment services for people with developmental disabilities. The partnership allows the state to maximize resources to support more people on their path to community employment, build system capacity, and strengthen the relationship between the developmental disability and vocational rehabilitation systems in Ohio.

The next finance committee meeting is March 13th at noon in the board office conference room with the board meeting on March 20th at 5:30 pm in the board office conference room at 1851 State Route 47 West. You're welcome to attend.

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