March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ottawa County Board of DD (OCBDD) and related organizations are celebrating the meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!"
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. “Ability at Work” 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 Superintendent Melinda Slusser. “During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the 340 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.”
OCBDD is hosting several events to recognize March as DD Awareness Month, including the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to1 p.m. at Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750 Hall, 109 East Perry St, Port Clinton. Other activities planned for March include the fourth Annual Volleyball Challenge (March 13 from 6-8 p.m.), library displays, and posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County.
During March, everyone is encouraged to support the special events and to get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability, to personalize the message that everyone has something to offer, that together our communities are stronger, that we accomplish more, and that everyone wins.
For more information, contact the OCBDD at 419-898-0400 or 419-734-6650 or visit www.ocbdd.org.