Category: News and Stories

FCBDD partners with group to offer free online activities throughout the year

June 13th, 2022 by

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is continuing its partnership with We Thrive Together, a nonprofit organization that offers an array of online programming for people served by Ohio county boards. FCBDD has extended its countywide subscription so that all We Thrive Together programs are free to Franklin County residents until the end of …

Transition spotlight: West Central grad thrives in new program

May 26th, 2022 by

Not long after he hung up his cap and gown last year, Ryan Alimo headed off to a new day program. He had loved being at West Central School and was disappointed when the coronavirus pandemic stole some of his time there. Moving on – without his beloved teacher Miss Donna – was a big, …

FCBDD helping provide risk-free ways to try remote support

May 26th, 2022 by

Families and people with developmental disabilities who want to learn more about the benefits of remote support have plenty of options for trial runs in Franklin County. The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other disability-services organizations are providing both information about remote support and opportunities to try it out – including an offer …

Support platform evolves for families of kids with cerebral palsy

May 13th, 2022 by

The phone for CP Parent Columbus still rings, and Lynne Fogel answers, generous as always with her time and knowledge about raising a child with cerebral palsy. “With most of the calls, it’s a new diagnosis. Or a family who thought they had it all figured out, and then they move to a new stage,” …

Tech spotlight: Jen Schlegel taps the power of tech to manage daily life

April 29th, 2022 by

As an Ohio State University graduate, biomedical engineer, certified Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator and entrepreneur, Jen Schlegel has long used technology to help her go where she wants to go and do what she wants to do. Some of her assistive devices are simple enough to work by way of duct tape or Velcro. …

Advocacy spotlight: ‘Never give up on yourself’

April 14th, 2022 by

For too long, Tyrone Gladney says, he kept to his comfort zone. He avoided big risks, but he wasn’t having much fun. “I was sick, I was depressed, I wasn’t happy,” Gladney said. “I had high blood pressure, headaches, was eating all the wrong foods.” When he decided to make some changes, his providers – …

Teen with autism shares a song from the heart

March 30th, 2022 by

As she walked into the school auditorium for a Black History Month program, Raya Smith’s eyes lit up. “You’re going to sing today,” her teacher told her. The notion might have seemed strange to Raya’s Columbus Alternative High School classmates. Up to that moment in late February, they had never heard her utter a word. …

Staff spotlight: Former executive finds rewarding job behind the wheel

March 14th, 2022 by

After 10 years of retirement, Jeff Birr was bored. But not so bored that he wanted to return to the corporate “rat race” that had left him exhausted, stressed and in poor health. The former vice president at a tech company recently became a part-time bus driver for the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. …

DD Awareness Month: Two views on inclusion

March 4th, 2022 by

Each March, advocates work together to raise awareness about the many ways people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, welcoming and diverse communities. The following essays from two perspectives – a senior citizen who has developmental disabilities and a church striving to be neighborly to everyone – help show how inclusion …

Cornelius “Chubby” Oatis: Embracing the power of possibility

February 28th, 2022 by

As a world-class athlete in the Paralympic sport of boccia, Cornelius “Chubby” Oatis knows plenty of ways to keep busy and active. Still, when he lost his day job during the pandemic, Oatis never considered stepping away from the working world. “I feel that with a job, you have chances,” he said. “You have chances …