Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each year, during March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities focuses on peoples’ abilities and similarities rather than differences, and encourages everyone to welcome people with developmental disabilities into their communities. Many new opportunities are emerging in this spirit throughout the state, including community-based employment options and residential opportunities that more fully integrate people with disabilities. The 2015 theme for DD Awareness Month reflects this spirit — “Can Do, Like You!”

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Darke County Special Olympics are again partnering in celebration and recognition of the many individuals throughout the community who receive services that help them make the most of their abilities, as well as to raise public awareness about their challenges and barriers to success. These may include physical or regulatory challenges and barriers, as well as peoples’ attitudinal issues or uninformed perceptions.

On Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 6:45 p.m., the Versailles School District will host an exhibition of skills with local citizens, educators and business people partnering with each of the three Special Olympics basketball teams – the Warriors, Slammers and Dawgs, for a friendly game of basketball. Please come out and join us for the 2nd annual Community All-Star Game! The game will be held at the Versailles Middle School gym, and promises to be a night of fun and connection between the citizens of Darke County. We encourage learning more about the people in this county who have developmental disabilities, and to recognize that all of us have talents that we can offer to make our community a better place to live, work and play.

“The mission of our agency is to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society. An event such as this is a great opportunity for the community to witness and embrace the talents and abilities of everyone involved,” said Mike Beasecker, Superintendent of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The event is free for everyone! However, donations of any amount are welcome and all proceeds will benefit Darke County Special Olympics. Please contact the Darke County Board of DD at (937) 548-9057 or email for more information.

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