HOLMESVILLE -- The Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities announces the launch of Always There -- a yearlong campaign to recognize the 50th anniversary of Ohio's County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, which will also serve as the theme for this year's Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month in March.
The Always There campaign marks the founding of Ohio's 88 county boards by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. The theme reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity and history of partnership county boards have offered to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the past, in the present, and in the future.
"Reflecting upon our history and looking toward our future is a wonderful way to mark the 50th anniversary of Ohio's county boards and DD Awareness Month, which is all about building awareness and understanding among the public about the lives of people with developmental disabilities," said Marianne Mader, superintendent.
Through personal stories and historical items submitted by county boards and the people, families and communities they serve, the Always There campaign will tell the collective story of developmental disabilities in Ohio and how the role and services of the county boards have evolved throughout the years.
Submitted stories and items will be archived and shared as part of the Always There History Project, which will be launched on the campaign's website -- www.alwaysthereforohio.org -- in March. In addition to the website, the campaign will be supported through social media channels, posters, billboards, and local and statewide events.
As part of DD Awareness Month, the Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities encourages members of the community to submit their personal stories and historical items to the Always There History Project. Information about how to submit is available at www.alwaysthereforohio.org/submit.
In Holmes County, the board is developing a strategic plan to guide it. Individuals and families connected to the Board/Training Center and interested Holmes County residents are invited to attend at the Training Center on Saturday, March 25, to Imagine the Future -- an opportunity for people to help design the board's future.
For more information, contact Marianne Mader at 330 674-8045 or email@example.com.
The Holmes County Training Center Bucks basketball game against the Holmes County All-Stars will be the night of Tuesday, March 21.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.