Logan County Board of DD Seeks Partner for Another Inclusive Playground

The Logan County Developmental Disabilities Board (LCBDD) met on August 4, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The evening began with a presentation from Community First Coordinator Kelli Bader and Ty Ferguson. They shared information about the many activities, groups and events they participate in within the community. First and foremost, they shared information about the vendor support program. This group is dedicated to ensuring that all Logan County providers and family members have access to the resources and support necessary to thrive and continue to provide quality care to those served. Kelli and Ty talked about the many state councils and county collaborations they sit on, where they both hear speakers and run different types of classes. Some of the activities people with disabilities currently participate in are cooking classes, recycling projects, Adopt-a-Highway, Little Free Libraries, Aktion Club, Gal Pal group and, of course, Special Olympics. Recently, the group launched the “Just Need a Ride” program. This program is designed to allow volunteers to help people who are more independent with grocery shopping and perhaps other errands, but simply need transportation. If you would like more information about any of these programs or about volunteering, contact Kelli Bader at 937-292-3086.

In other news, LCBDD is looking for another entity that would be interested in adding an inclusive playground to their community. LCBDD has been involved in projects to add two inclusive playgrounds to our community, including the ‘Come Play at the Peak’ playground and most recently the official opening of the ‘Come Play at the Peak’ playground. Play at the Lake” on Fox Island. Both have increased the availability of accessible playgrounds for children of all abilities, including children with developmental disabilities.

Superintendent Bauer says, “LCBDD will continue to partner with community leaders to make our parks accessible to children of all abilities. I recognize and appreciate the hard work of the teams who organized the development of these playgrounds. As an expression of LCBDD’s support, the Board of Directors passed a resolution to help fund these and future projects. If you are interested in developing a playground in your community that is accessible to children of all abilities, please contact Superintendent Bauer at 937-292-30009.

LCBDD also welcomed several new staff members over the summer and expects to welcome more throughout August. Mandy Barry and Alexandra Woodruff joined the Early Intervention Team in June/July and Kellie Lemly will join this team on August 22nd. Additionally, the Discovery Center will welcome a new Therapy Coordinator, Hannah Boy, on August 10 and two new Assistant Instructors, Brandy Newland and Isabelle Young, on August 15. These staff will replace Ashley Evans, Tamara Frazier and Heather Evans who have taken on new roles. Additionally, Vickie Smith retired at the end of June and Brenda Bartlett will retire at the end of August.

In other news, Discovery Center’s emergency management plan has been reviewed and deemed compliant by the Ohio School Safety Center. LCBDD also arranged for Bellefontaine PD to visit all buildings to assess safety and no significant issues were found. LCBDD is always concerned about the safety of staff and students, therefore routine reviews and inspections take place. LCBDD plans to install additional presenter locks on office and classroom doors and add tinted glass to the doors to improve security measures. The Discovery Center has also received the IDEA Early Childhood Special Education Grant in the amount of $37,756 which can be used on eligible expenses under the preschool program.

Superintendent Bauer also recognized employees Kelli Bader and Rose Canter who demonstrated excellent leadership and teamwork in their ability to arrange transportation for several people when one of the vans broke down at Columbus during a Special Olympics outing. They also arranged for the towing and repair of the vehicle.

Additionally, the state auditor conducted an audit with West Central Ohio Network (WestCON), which includes the Logan County Board of DD. This audit included disbursements recorded in the West Central Ohio (COG) Network County Board Cost Reporting System for the year ending December 31, 2020. All aspects of the audit were found to be compliant.

Board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Discovery Center. Meetings are always open to the public. The next meeting will be on September 1, 2022.

Harold B. McConnell