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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

“Look Beyond” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2013. Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Look Beyond.”

Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Look Beyond” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins. “This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve,” said Melinda Slusser, Superintendent of Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities. During ‘Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 322 people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live. “

Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities will kick off its recognition of March as DD Awareness Month with an Open House. The Open House will be Tuesday, March 12, from 4-7 p.m. at Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 235 North Toussaint S., Oak Harbor. The event will allow the community to become more familiar with the services that the Board of Developmental Disabilities offers as well as the services of other agencies throughout Ottawa County. There will also be a developmental screener for children birth to three available, a featured artist, live music, face painting, a Make-It Take-It activity for children and giveaways.  Also that evening RVI Inc. will be hosting a Chicken and Rib BBQ dinner from 4-6 p.m. 

Other activities planned for March include displays in local libraries as well as presentations to local schools. 

Free developmental screening for children 0-3

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a free developmental screening for children 0-3 on March 12 from 4 – 7 p.m. at their office in Oak Harbor.  

Residents who live in Ottawa County, have a child ages 0-3 and suspect that child has delays, including but not limited to speech, social, motor or cognitive, should call 567-262-3141 to set up an appointment to have their child screened.

After the screening, families are invited to attend the Board’s open house to learn about it services along with partnering agencies.  There will also be face painting and a make-it-take-it activity for children, featured artist, live music, refreshments and giveaways.

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