Dedication to caregiving spans three generations

Barry Adams sitting on the couch with three DSPs and his dog. Everyone is smiling.
Barry has received support and friendship from three generations of DSPs. The family works for the same provider agency.

When Jayne Collins came into his life more than 18 years ago, Barry Adams knew he’d found an especially kind and caring direct-support professional. He soon realized he’d found a family, too. Collins, her daughter and granddaughter all are part of the support team for Adams, providing services in his home or spending time with …

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School nurse Debbie Charles recognized by Business First as ‘Healthcare Hero’

Congratulations to Debbie Charles, West Central School nurse, for being named by Columbus Business First as one of the 2022 “Healthcare Heroes” in central Ohio. Debbie will be featured later this year in the business journal for her outstanding work, including excellent services and support to students, families and staff during the pandemic. Thanks, Debbie, …

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FCBDD provides access to new online activities

We Thrive Together offers virtual activities so that people with disabilities can "talk, laugh, play, sweat and connect" online.

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with We Thrive Together, a nonprofit organization that offers an array of online programming, to provide exercise classes, cooking demonstrations, virtual trips, games and more. FCBDD is paying for a countywide We Thrive Together subscription on a trial basis so that all programs are free to …

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Marci Straughter appointed to board

The Franklin County Commissioners have appointed Marci Straughter to a four-year term on the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Marci will be the first person who receives services form the board to serve as a board member. She joins six other board members, who have experience in finance, business, government technology and legal matters. …

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FCBDD welcomes first board member with developmental disabilities

New board member Marci Straughter stands holding an award
New board member Marci Straughter is a previous winner of the FCBDD Star Award.

Marci Straughter, a Dublin-area resident who receives services from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, is making history as the first person with developmental disabilities to help lead the agency. She was appointed to the FCBDD governing board by the Franklin County Commissioners on Jan. 6 and will take her seat on the seven-member …

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ARC Industries completes shift from workshop model

Kyle assembles boxes at Simple Times warehouse
Kyle McLean works on packaging products at Simple Times Mixers.

A few years ago, the relationship likely would have played out differently: Instead of having people with developmental disabilities working on site, Simple Times Mixers would have exported some of its production to a nearby ARC Industries workshop. That’s how Simple Times owner Mark Tinus envisioned things when he first spoke with Dave King, director …

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