Category: News and Stories

Commissioner Crawley returns to FCBDD

September 21st, 2021 by

Franklin County Commissioner Erica Crawley paid a visit to the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities and received a cute – and colorful – welcome from children in the Early Childhood Education and Family Center.“Omigosh, that made my day,” Crawley said as children held a banner that they had decorated for her. “Thank you! I …

Boundless offering dental, primary care

September 21st, 2021 by

One of central Ohio’s largest disability-services organizations has expanded its programming to include more options for primary and preventative health care, including dental and behavioral-health services.Boundless Health aims to function as a hub of person-centered care for people and families with intellectual and developmental disabilities. That means addressing the snags that people with disabilities sometimes …

‘All you need is a little love to share’

September 8th, 2021 by

Most every day, Brenda Gardner sees or hears or does something that leaves her heart a little more full. “I enjoy the accomplishments of others,” she said, smiling. “I like seeing them get to do things that lots of people might not give them a chance to try.”Gardner is a direct-support professional (DSP) at Hattie …

ARC hub a base for community exploring

August 31st, 2021 by

The suggestion board in the new ARC community hub usually fills up fast. Participants in the STEP (Start Toward Emerging Possibilities) program have no trouble coming up with places to go, things to do and people to see.“Ride a pontoon boat. Watch drag racing. Visit a bookstore. It’s fun to see what everyone chooses,” said …

Students grow, explore with summer jobs

August 19th, 2021 by

Kaled Soufi cannot communicate verbally, so his family relies on his expressions and reactions. And there was never any mistaking how the 19-year-old felt about his experience in this summer’s Transition to Work program.“So happy,” said his older sister, Sana. “He was super excited when we dropped him off in the morning, and at night, …

FCBDD welcomes new board member

August 17th, 2021 by

Samuel Davis, a Hilliard area resident and parent of two children with disabilities, has been appointed to the board of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities.Davis, 40, is a Corporate Technology Director within Nationwide’s Executive Leadership Cabinet. He succeeds former board member Renee Stein, who took a seat on the board in 2009 and …

FCBDD, Nisonger boost behavioral support

August 16th, 2021 by

Nina Williams still cries sometimes when she thinks about all she’s been through. But now, after years of trauma and struggle, Williams sheds mostly happy tears. “I am a very successful person,” she said, smiling. “And I am glad that I got help. I actually fear that if I didn’t, I might be dead.” Williams …

FCBDD transitioning to OhioISP

August 13th, 2021 by

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities has begun rolling out the new OhioISP for people whose current individual service plans have start dates in the autumn or later. “The vision of this is that it will be an ongoing process,” said Lee Childs, FCBDD service coordination director. “It won’t just be an annual plan; …

‘Connector’ links families and providers

August 10th, 2021 by

Over the past 28 years, Kim Kelly has worked with more than 150 different disability-services providers – some for months or years, many only briefly — to cover the 24-hour care her son needs. And Kelly is again looking to hire. “The fact that you can’t get providers right now is burning out a lot …

Teacher’s books help kids embrace differences

August 9th, 2021 by

As a teacher and parent of four biracial children, including a son with autism, Jessica Bennett strives to make sure students see themselves and their classmates in the books she presents. But finding early-learning material that reflects diversity in race, culture and abilities isn’t always easy. So Bennett, a teacher in the Early Childhood Family …