It is hard to believe that we are already over half way through the year. The weather is nice and warm, people are taking vacations, and before we know it, school will be back in session! Through all of this, our work continues here at the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The employees in our transition program serve students ages 14 – 22 who are still in school, but are planning for what they want to do once they graduate. Even though school isn’t in session right now, our staff are diligently working with the students to provide employment opportunities for them to gain valuable experience about what they may, or may not want to do once they graduate. One of our very beneficial sites for that is Kings Island. We have multiple transition crews working at Kings Island, and several members of our staff and management team were able to go and take a tour and see firsthand the work that the transition students are doing out there. It is clear that they are working very hard and are learning so much about themselves and the workforce. They are gaining valuable experiences, and we are very thankful for our partnership with Kings Island. Please read the article further down in this newsletter for more information about that.
During the most recent state budget process, there was great collaboration amongst the county boards of developmental disabilities, the provider agencies and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities regarding common priorities that we all share. One of the most important issues we are facing is the shortage of direct support professionals to provide quality services to people with developmental disabilities. Our agency has worked with our local providers to assist in hiring events, training and increasing their capacity to provide services to meet the needs of the people we serve. The state budget will provide additional funding to increase the wages of direct support professionals. The role they play in the lives of people with developmental disabilities is so important, and we are thankful for the state support of this much needed cost of living adjustment.
We have some very exciting agency events coming up in the next couple of months. We will be holding our annual Things That Go! event on Saturday, August 24th at the Warren C. Young Center. This is an opportunity for people to see inside many different vehicles that they may not have otherwise had the chance to see. On Saturday, September 21st, we will be hosting our annual Family Fun Day at the Miracle Field in Springboro. We will have games, food, and activities for people of all ages and abilities. Both events are free to attend and are so much fun, and we hope you and your families can come join us for them!
For additional information about our agency, our services and our events, please check our website at www.warrencountydd.org. Thank you!
It all started in 1981, in Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics and developed the Torch Run to involve local law enforcement with the community and Special Olympics Athletes.
After three successful runs in Kansas, LaMunyon presented the idea to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. With the IACP’s endorsement, the idea was launched nationally and today involves law enforcement personnel in all 50 states and 25 countries throughout the world.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Torch Run is to raise funds for and awareness of the Special Olympics movement. Special Olympics is a program which reaffirms the belief that, with hope and dedication, we can see achievement and self-worth realized by any individual. Persons with intellectual disabilities, by their involvement in Special Olympics, show the community at large there are no limits to human potential or the human spirit.
The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) celebrated the 33rd year of running the Flame of Hope through 150 Ohio communities. The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a long-standing relationship with Special Olympics, and has been participating in their programs and events for more than twenty years.
The 50th Annual State Summer Games for track and field were held in Columbus a few days after the torch run. Many Warren County athletes participated in and won several medals in different categories. Pictured here is Kelly Crabtree and Governor DeWine. Kelly received a gold medal for the 100 meter dash.
For over 20 years, the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with Kings Island in their summer hiring program of seasonal park employees. This year in June, 12 teenagers with disabilities became Kings Island employees. For 10 weeks beginning in June, until the middle of August, they work every Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The program employs youth between the ages of 16 to 20 in stock crew positions in the Coney game area and the Festhaus. At the Coney game area their responsibilities include working each day before the park opens to the public, to keep all the basketball tarps loaded with plush, re-stock the plush at all the games, and inflate all the basketballs. They perform their work with a great deal of independence and make all of the decisions about the display design and the daily stocking of inventory. At the Festhaus their responsibilities include food prep, fill condiments, use a large floor scrubber and generally make sure the dining area is clean and ready for guests. Pictured above is Superintendent Manuel with the Coney Game area stock crew.
Are you good at naming that tune? Are you a fan of Elvis, Michael Jackson, the Beach Boys, Taylor Swift, etc? Then, this event is perfect for you. We are very happy to have DJ Phil come out and host our very first “Music Bingo Night” for fabulous prizes. FREE!
Who knows, there may or may not be a “dance off” involved too. ***This event is targeting individuals 14 years and older, who are receiving services from the WCBDD. Providers MUST be present for needed assistance and supervision!***
Contact Rhonda Schutte at Rhonda.email@example.com or at 513 806-3809 with questions. The Warren C. Young Center is located at 801 Drake Road Lebanon, OH 45036.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold ‘Things That Go’, a free, community event on Saturday, August 24th. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will feature numerous community and commercial vehicles.
Adults and children will be able to climb behind the wheels, honk the horn, and speak with the men and women who operate the equipment. Fire trucks, police vehicles, heavy equipment, emergency vehicles, school busses, delivery trucks and so much more will be on display.
‘Things That Go’ will be held at the Warren C. Young Center, located at 801 Drake Road, in Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD) will hold our 10th annual Family Fun Day festival in Springboro on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
This event is free and open to the community. It is held for families who have children with disabilities, but is open to everybody of all abilities. There will be face painting, games, arts and crafts, a small animal petting zoo, and food and beverages. Everything is staffed and run by employees of WCBDD.
“This event continues to grow each year and is very popular with families and the individuals we serve,” said Megan Manuel, Superintendent. “I’m so grateful for all of our agency employees who volunteer their time at this event. We couldn’t do it without all of their help.”
The Voices of Warren County will perform at the Lebanon Apple Fest on September 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Lebanon, Ohio. They will also be opening for the band “My Sister Sarah” at Lebanon’s 3rd Friday on Mulberry Street at 6:00 p.m. on August 16, 2019.
These concerts are appropriate for all age levels, and families are welcome. The Voices of Warren County is an all-volunteer group of singers comprised of adults receiving services and supports from the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The group performs at area schools, festivals, retirement communities, and other venues.