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Board of DD encourages us to Look Beyond (Audio included)

The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities hosted its annual Elected Officials Breakfast Thursday morning to celebrate DD Awareness Month.

The featured speakers asked the community to follow this year's theme of "Look Beyond".

Logan County Family Court Judge Michael Brady recalled his first experiences with a child that faced several challenges.

The sister of Brady's childhood friend was disabled. The judge said the family included her in many social events. Looking back, he said those lessons were a blessing for him.

Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham spoke about how disabled students were slightly integrated into his school day. He said the all-day inclusion that is a part of today's school environment is long overdue.

Joy Badenhop, who is the Discovery Center Early Childhood Director, highlighted how the local agency has helped two young boys with disabilities.

Ohio Department of DD Director John Martin (pictured above) recalled the challenges his family faced with a disabled child. He said even going out to eat could be difficult.

Martin said our nation's mindset about those with disabilities has made great strides the last few decades, which has allowed these residents to become a part of our community at school, church, and work.

Listen to Martin discuss the event and more.

The capacity crowd was entertained by three talented musicians.

Danielle Reeves sang the National Anthem, Mark Mitchell did a trumpet solo, and Jonathon Thornton performed a piano solo. All three are clients with the local DD.

Logan County Board of DD Superintendent Saul Bauer (pictured) served as the emcee.

Listen to Bauer reflect on the breakfast and this year's theme.

You're invited to the 4th Annual Polar Plunge at Old Field Beach at Indian Lake Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Logan County Special Olympics.

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