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Darke DD to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on Strategic Plan

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The Darke County Board of DD will accept public feedback regarding its proposed annual action and strategic plans on December 7, 2016.  Darke DD is required by Ohio Administrative Code to “have a mechanism for accepting public feedback regarding the strategic plan and strategic plan progress reports.”

The December 7th meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331.  Use the entrance at the south side of the building.  The meeting will include discussion of goals for 2017-2021 and an update on current changes in the DD system.

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Training opportunity – STABLE Accounts and the new Federal ABLE Act

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Nicholas Hancart from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Office will present information on the new STABLE Accounts (funded by the federal ABLE Act) to give families a closer look at what these accounts are, what they can do for your family, and how they can fit into your estate planning.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending.

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Living a Good Life!

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Jeff and Craig live a good life.  They live a good life thanks to the person centered planning model, and the opportunities that being employed in their community provides them. They are able to have the things that are important for them, and are able to enjoy the things that are important to them because of person centered planning.  Their vacation to Florida is just one example of what person centered planning can do for someone with a disability!

Watch this video to learn a little more about what it takes to make something like Jeff and Craig’s dream of vacationing in Florida come true!  Keep watching for updates as we take a deeper look at Person Centered Planning and how it helps provide a good life for someone with a disability!

 

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Ansonia Students “Pay It Forward” to AKtion Club of Greenville

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Each spring the junior and senior students from Ansonia High School coordinate a picnic fundraiser titled “Pay It Forward.”  The goal of this fundraiser is to raise money to donate to a local service need.  This year they were able to tie their fundraiser to an English reading assignment titled “Flowers for Algernon.”  This story was written in the late 1950’s about a man with intellectual disabilities named Charly Gordon.  In the story, Charly undergoes an experimental procedure to obtain normal intelligence.   The students gained insight to Charly’s thoughts and feelings through his journal entries as he gains intelligence and eventually regresses back to his original IQ.

AKtion Club officers, Ruby Sacher and Darlene Bowers accept an $885 donation raised by Ansonia High School students.

AKtion Club officers, Ruby Sacher and Darlene Bowers accept an $885 donation raised by Ansonia High School students.

Casey Robison, junior English teacher, was reading the book on her computer, when she received a Facebook notification from the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD).  Curious and a bit taken back by the coincidence, she went to Darke DD’s Facebook page and read many wonderful stories about the contributions that people with disabilities are making in Darke County.  It was in that moment that she considered connecting the picnic fundraiser to the book and connecting both of these to Darke DD.  As Mary Lochtefeld, senior English teacher said, “It was kismet!”

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Greenville Kroger Supports a Diverse Workforce

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Did you know that there are currently 45 individuals working in the Darke County community who receive assistance from the Darke DD (and their respective partners) to retain their competitive employment jobs?  Did you know that Kroger employs nearly 9% of these individuals?  This is an amazing statistic that verifies Kroger’s commitment to the community of Darke County and all of the individuals living within it!

Wesley Garland

Wesley Garland

When reviewing the corporate website of The Kroger Co. you will note that one of its commitments is to “be a preferred employer where every associate feels valued and customers recognize that our people are great.”  They further state that they will support this commitment through diversity – one of the company’s six core values, which says that they “seek and embrace differences in the backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities of all associates, customers and vendors.”  March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) would like to give a shout out to Kroger who assists individuals in becoming active members of the employment community.

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