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Community Events and Recreation

Looking for information about Board-sponsored recreation AND community activities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families?  Click "View Story," below.

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Join MCBDDS August 29 for "A Day at the Park"

Join MCBDDS Saturday, August 29 as it hosts its annual "A Day at the Park" baseball game for individuals with developmental disabilities at the all-access Miracle League Field in Springboro.

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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Join us as we commemorate the 25th annivesrary Americans with Disabilities Act -- a milestone for our nation in terms of civil rights and diversity.

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New Adult Guardianship Education Requirements

The Supreme Court of Ohio has introduced new education requirements for all guardians of Ohio adults with developmental disabilities.  For more information, please click "View Story," below.

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Announcements

Learn about Medicaid Waivers

What is a waiver?  What can it do for me?  How do I get one?  These questions and more will be addressed at a free informational session sponsored by The Arc of Ohio Thursday, August 27th at noon and 6 p.m. at the Trumbull County Board of DD in Niles, north of Youngstown.  Click here for additional information.

U.S. Dept. of Labor clarifies sibling leave under FMLA

The U.S. Department of Labor has clarified when siblings may be eligible to take job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when caring for a developmentally disabled adult sister or brother: http://goo.gl/xPA4PR

Summer edition, Board Bits newsletter

Click here for the summer issue of our newsletter, which features information about issues of interest, local events and programs, and more.  

Conflict-Free Case Management and Restructuring of Service Delivery

Boards of DDS are facing new regulations -- rules that will change the way they operate.  Click here for more information.

News

08/25/15 — In the News New Rule Ends 'Modified' Tests For Students With Disabilities

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08/18/15 — In the News The Sport That Can Help Blind & Visually Impaired Baseball Fans Become Players

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FamousFaces: Kristiferlee Owens

Spotlight: Kristiferlee Owens

Kristiferlee Owens, one of the founding members of MCBDDS's Spire Arts program, is a gifted artist who loves to share his talents with others. 
 
Kris is passionate about his art, and uses brushes attached to a headband to create his pieces.  He specializes in painting outdoor scenes and animals with acrylics on canvas.  He is especially gifted in capturing the personalities of dogs in his work.  Kris has received numerous commissions, and also mentors painters in the Spire Arts Studio, where he encourages others to find creative solutions to their challenges.  
 
Kris is a true advocate and supporter of other artists, and wants them to experience the satisfaction he feels when he completes a piece of artwork that he has envisioned.  His encouragement and guidance inspire others who need an uplifting perspective. 
 
Kris was recently featured as a demonstration artist as part of the Montgomery County Culture Works Workplace Giving Campaign.  He was hired to give a painting demonstration at Stillwater Center, where he showcased his painting technique and fielded questions about his work.  He was also highlighted in the Downtown Dayton Partnership's "Art in the City" campaign in mid-May.  

The MCBDDS community is thrilled that Kris's artistic genius is being recognized in our region.
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Make a Difference

Making a Difference

Brandon Kilgore

 Brandon Kilgore is a shining example of an individual with developmental disabilities that advocates for other people with disabilities. Graduating from Meadowdale High School in 2007, Brandon immediately started attending Kuntz Center where he chose to develop his work skills and participate in meaningful activities. Brandon made it clear that he was an ambitious young man, eager to be independent in all areas of his life.

 As a highly independent man, Brandon has no problems sharing that he takes care of his medical appointments, uses RTA, rides project mobility, uses a cell phone, is an active member in church and loves to be out in the community. In 2003, Brandon underwent a successful kidney transplant from his mother, Tammi Bell. Unfortunately, Tammi was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away in 2009, but they remained close until her passing. Brandon uses challenging situations like this to encourage others to keep going and do the best that he can and throughout, he’s remained positive and motivated to accomplish his personal goals.

Currently, Brandon is employed at Kuntz Center and URS. He’s also the president of the MCBDDS Advocacy Council in which he attends the Listening session with the Superintendent and other advocacy representatives. Brandon continues to participate in the community by volunteering to help teenagers with homework after school at the East End Community Center. Brandon is also highly active in the church choir at St. John’s Baptist Church. In 2011 he participated in a Community Advocacy event as well as the People First conference in 2010.

Brandon’s self-determination continues to develop and grow. He advocates for himself and for others. His goal has always been to improve his quality of life while not offending anyone. Brandon continues to make a positive impact wherever he goes.