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| March 5, 2014

COSHOCTON – March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Coshocton DD) is inviting the community to learn more about the abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities. This year’s theme, [email protected] encourages the community focus on the abilities of individuals with disabilities that live, work, volunteer and support local businesses in our community.

“The Coshocton County community is filled with success stories of individuals with disabilities living up to their full potential,” said Steve Oster, Superintendent of Coshocton DD. “When individuals are given the opportunity to contribute, they enrich our community with what they can offer.”

Coshocton DD is joining efforts of organizations across the state and nation in planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people with disabilities have. The campaign goes on to focus on the many positive roles individuals with disabilities play in our community, everything from entrepreneurs, home owners and volunteers to artists, employees, and football players.

“It all begins with the community. When people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship and schools they are given the opportunity to share their abilities,” said Oster. “The County Board of DD recognizes that community is an essential part of every individuals’ life and we are fortunate that Coshocton County is such a welcoming and supportive community.”

The board started its celebration with a breakfast held March 5 at Hopewell School. During the breakfast six awards were presented to the following people or organizations:

– Volunteer of the Year – Margaret Jones

– Youth Volunteer – Wyatt Shaw

– Support Professional – Tracie Wheeler

– Partner of the Year – Coshocton County Career Center

– Distinguished Service – Annette Lower and Debbie Christmas

– Individual Achievement – Jamie Hoy

Awareness events scheduled for the rest of the month include:

–          6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11: Talent show, at Hopewell Industries

–          9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18: Track and Field at Kids America

–          Monday, March 24: Kids on the Block puppet show at Hopewell School

–          6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26: Players vs staff basketball game at Hopewell School

For more information visit Coshocton DD’s website at www.coshdd.org, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/CoshDD or call 622-2674.

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