Editor, The Courier:

Did you know that March is National DD Awareness Month? DD Awareness Month officially began in 1987 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan to help bring awareness and acceptance for people of every ability. Since then, families, self-advocates, advocacy groups and Ohio’s County Boards have been working to increase opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Vinton County Board of DD plays a vital role in the lives of more than 117 people and families in Vinton County. Service and Support Administrators (SSA) provide a continuous support system to eligible individuals. These services include Individual Plan development for Medicaid Waivers, Supported Living and Adult Day Services for eligible individuals to receive Habilitation training to promote independent skill development. Job skills are enhanced in the Workshop setting through contract work opportunities and through Community Employment. With the support of family members and volunteers, numerous social events occur throughout the year.

Early Intervention (EI) services are provided to children ages birth through 2 who have, or are at-risk of having a developmental delay. Services are provided as described by the child/family Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) that is developed by Help Me Grow. Services are individualized to meet the unique needs of each family and child and are available in the family/caregiver home. Home-based services are available year round. Vinton DD contracts with Southern Ohio Council of Governments (SOCOG) to provide an Early Intervention Specialist and therapies.

Vinton DD is the county resource that connects people with developmental disabilities to resources, supports and opportunities. Join us in celebrating people of all abilities. Share stories and participate in inclusive activities. Be part of the change we need to create a truly inclusive community.

Tina Spanos, Johnna Owings, Tracey Perry, Kim Sexton, Amanda Saunders

Vinton County Board of Developmental Disabilities

sdawes@vintoncourier.com; @sydneydawes_95

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