Another busy quarter has passed here at the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities! In August, we held our ‘Things That Go’ event. There were many people who joined us at the Warren C. Young Center on August 25th to explore buses, law enforcement vehicles, a mail delivery truck, and many, many more. Although the rain put a small damper on the day, it stopped long enough for people to be able to get back out and explore the vehicles. Thank you to all who came out for the event and for those who brought vehicles for exploration.
In September, we held our 9th annual Family Fun Day at the Miracle Field in Springboro, Ohio. People were able to enjoy face painting, crafts, bounce house, hot dogs, karaoke, and much more! It was a hot day, but much fun was had by all. Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for this annual event.
October is Developmental Disability Awareness Month. We have several employees who work with the individuals we serve to assist them in getting and keeping jobs. If you own a business and are looking for great employees, please contact Angela Dean Community Employment Manager at (513) 228-6481 or Angela.Dean@warrencountydd.org. You won’t be sorry!
Friday, October 19, 2018 is our annual all staff in-service. Our offices will be closed, and we will be providing training to all employees, as well as presenting longevity and achievement awards to our staff, friends of DD and the employer of the year. We have great employees here, and I am looking forward to recognizing them for their hard work!
Lastly, we will have our final agency event this year on Friday, December 7th, when the Voices of Warren County will hold their fall concert at the Warren C. Young Center at 6:30 p.m. This is free and open to the public, so please come out and join us for this fun event.
I hope you all enjoy the fall color changes and have a wonderful autumn season!
Kevin Tarter receives services from the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He is an adult with Cerebral Palsy, but he is not defined by his disability. He lives by himself in South Lebanon and works in the Winner’s Circle at Dave & Buster’s in Springdale, in a position he has held for two years.
Kevin’s passion is superheroes, and two years ago, he started his own web show called ‘DC Film Talk.’ It is a web based, online talk show that he hosts twice a month on Twitch.TV. Twitch is an interactive, live streaming video platform.
“In my first season, the focus was on all the characters in the DC Universe,” said Tarter. “But for my second season, I decided that ‘DC’ stood for ‘Diversified Comics’, and I added the Marvel Universe as well. I have been having the best time hosting my own show! I love talking to the fans who tune in to participate with me,” he said.
“The past two years have been amazing!” said Tarter. “I have been featured on TV and in the newspapers. I’ve held Meet and Greets at Comic Bookstores to meet with my fans. I’ve taken groups of my fans to private screenings of movies, and I even had Ohio State Representative Scott Lipps be a featured guest in my studio. I was so excited to have kicked off the third season of my show!” he said.
The third season of ‘DC Film Talk’ premiered online on Friday, September 14th. “It was super,” said Tarter. I had more viewers and participants than I’ve ever had! The audience for my show continues to grow, and that makes me very happy.”
DC Film Talk airs at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month at www.twitch.tv/DC_Rapper. The next show will air on October 26th.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides ‘Social Saturdays’, which are free, open play and socialization times for parents and their children ages eight and younger. ‘Social Saturdays’ began in 2017 when the WCBDD opened their new accessible playground for children.
‘Social Saturdays’ are held for children ages eight and younger who are enrolled in programs or services provided by the WCBDD. Families are invited to participate in the open play format which is held, depending upon the weather, either indoors in the playroom or outdoors in the enclosed, accessible playground. Juice, water, and coffee are provided, and WCBDD team members are in attendance to provide assistance.
Megan Manuel, Superintendent for the WCBDD said, “Social Saturdays are great opportunities for families to make connections with others in Warren County. We’ve had great attendance and feedback from those who’ve participated. Children are making friends with other children in our program, and it’s wonderful to watch those relationships develop.”
‘Social Saturdays’ are held at the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Milo H. Banta Center, located at 410 S. East Street in Lebanon, Ohio. The next sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on October 27th and November 17th. Reservations are suggested, but not required. Families may contact Carolyn Bogenschutz at (513) 228-6487 or Carolyn.Bogenschutz@warrencountydd.org for more information.
A free informational seminar for parents of teenage children who have developmental disabilities will be held in Lebanon on October 24, 2018. Patti Shrom (pictured here) is the facilitator, and the seminar is part of a series titled, School to Adult Life Transition, or S.A.L.T. It is a funded project of Employment First, Ohio’s initiative to raise expectations for community employment for youth and adults with developmental disabilities.
The seminar will address needs and concerns that families may have regarding the transition from school to adult life for those with developmental disabilities. The title for this session is “Planning Part 2 – Bridging a Successful Plan from School to Adulthood.” Representatives from the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; the Warren County Educational Service Center; and a local public high school will be in attendance to present information, meet with parents, and answer questions.
The seminar is free and open to the public and advance registration is not required. Family members of those with disabilities, agency personnel, and educators are all welcome to attend and participate. Parents may bring their teenagers ages 14 and older to participate in the Student/Young Adult Session which is held concurrently, in which they will receive information on exploring their road map involving community, work/employment, home/housing, and education/training.
The seminar will be held October 24th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Warren C. Young Center, located at 801 Drake Road in Lebanon, Ohio.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities in collaboration with the Perlman Center is pleased to host Sibshops 2018 on Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sibshops is a nationally acclaimed program for children between the ages of 8 and 12 who are brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops provide peer support as well as support from professionals and volunteers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Each session is a carefully designed event which celebrates the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs.
“We are so pleased to host this event,” said Megan Manuel, Superintendent of the WCBDD. “Sibshops reflects a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another, and the relationships are very important.”
Sibshops will be held at the Warren C. Young Center, located at 801 Drake Road in Lebanon, Ohio. To register contact the Perlman Center at (513) 636-4601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration fee is $10.00 per child.
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities hosted a Job Fair on September 25th as a recruiting effort for Direct Support Professionals to work with individuals with disabilities. The job fair was held at Sinclair Community College, Courseview Campus, in Mason.
Seventeen companies participated in hopes of finding candidates to fill the many jobs that are currently going unfulfilled. Changes in the federal government are requiring Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities to remove themselves as providers to those with developmental disabilities.
“As we move from providing services, we look to community partners who can step in and provide these needed services,” said Katelyn Koger, Provider Development Coordinator with the WCBDD. “The provider agencies are in critical need right now of employees to provide these services, so we hosted this job fair. We were so pleased with the great attendance and the quality of applicants. There are many openings for part time positions, which are usually ideal for college students because of their schedules.”
Job candidates were able to learn about careers in day and residential services with private provider agencies in Warren County. For many of the jobs, no experience is needed, and paid training is provided. For more information go to www.warrencountydd.org/dsp.
The Voices Speaking Out will host an Open Mic Night on Monday, November 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Voices Speaking Out is the Self Advocacy group sponsored by the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Members of the group are comprised of adults ages 18 and older, receiving services from WCBDD. They meet to advocate for independence. They are provided guidance, leadership and training opportunities to help them reach their goals of independence.
Each quarter the Voices Speaking Out conducts a community service project. In one of their recent meetings the group decided they wanted to host an Open Mic night for the community. “Many members of the group love to perform, and thought it would be fun to invite the community to perform as well. We are open to singers, dancers, comics, poets, jugglers, magicians, or anything entertaining,” said Ellen Hudson, WCBDD Advocacy Coordinator. “We are so excited to host this event, and hope there are many members of the public who will come out and participate!”
To perform at the Open Mic night, participants must register by November 2nd to schedule a performance time. Contact Ellen Hudson at (513) 806-3778 or email Ellen.Hudson@warrencountydd.org to register. The event will be held at the Warren C. Young Center, located at 801 Drake Road in Lebanon, Ohio.