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DD Awareness Month theme is ‘What’s Your Story’

| March 1, 2016

COSHOCTON – March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Coshocton DD) is inviting the community to celebrate the abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities. This year’s theme, “What’s Your Story?” encourages the community to get to know the unique stories 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 sports 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,” Oster said. “The County Board of DD recognizes that community is an essential part of every individual’s life and we are fortunate that Coshocton County is such a welcoming and supportive community.”

The Coshocton County Board of DD will hold an awareness month kickoff celebration with a luncheon for local leaders in the community. The “What’s Your Story” luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9. Participants must RSVP to [email protected].

During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. Be a friend, a mentor, or join one of the many local businesses that employ individuals with a disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and a unique story. Each story is part of what makes Coshocton County great.

For more information about DD Awareness Month or upcoming events contact Andrea Perry-McKay: e-mail [email protected] or call 740-622-2674.

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