FCBDD wants to hear from you

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Each year, the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities turns to the public for input on an important community survey and needs assessment. Responses and comments from people we serve, family members, staff, providers and others help us to shape plans for the coming year. We review these responses and consider them in the final …

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Transportation Director Bill Ryan wraps up three decades of service

Bill Ryan sits at his desk. He is smiling and has a long white beard.
Bill Ryan says the last time he shaved off his beard, his grandmother told him to grow it back. He took her advice.

Many years ago, long before he was in charge of the Transportation Department at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Bill Ryan happened upon a colleague strapping his own daughter into her seat on the bus. The girl had significant disabilities and couldn’t speak. That didn’t stop her dad from chattering away, holding up …

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ARC, Honeywell grow opportunities for workers with disabilities

Group of workers standing and smiling inside Honeywell warehouse

For nearly a decade, Honeywell has partnered with ARC Industries to employ people with developmental disabilities. The crew started with six people, has grown to 24 and now makes up the largest on-site crew in ARC’s group employment program. Paula Daugherty heads up value-added services at Honeywell’s PPE distribution center in Groveport, where the ARC …

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Try remote support, get $50 a month for internet

Smiling young woman who works for a remote-support provider sitting at a desk in front of an Amazon device.
Ohio State University biomedical engineering student Lauren Gastineau, who works with the remote-support provider Ohio at Home, wrote a message on an Amazon Glow device.

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Creative Housing are continuing to offer incentives for people to try remote support, which can increase privacy and safely reduce the need for on-site staff. People served by FCBDD and who have a Medicaid waiver can receive up to $50 a month for 12 months to pay …

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Service Coordination Assistant Director Lindsay Holt follows her heart south

Lindsay Holt standing and smiling at her farewell party. Four male co-workers are with her.
Lindsay Holt, center, with colleagues (from left to right) Shawn Riggins, David McCluney, Jose Bennett and Sean Patterson.

As a college student, direct-support professional, service coordinator and, eventually, a department manager at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Lindsay Holt always kept to a highly structured and stable routine. “There was never a time that I thought I’d make a decision like this,” she said, smiling. “I have a conflict between my …

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