On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD recognized 50 years of service with a celebration at the Ohio State House.
The theme for the 50th-year anniversary was “Always There.” Representation from all 88 counties was present and included advocates, county board members and staff. The celebration, hosted in the atrium, began with a visit to the “Always There Mobile Museum,” featuring milestones from the past half-century of DD history.
Honored guest and speakers included: Dean Fadel-OACB board president and Franklin DD board member; Jeffrey Fadel, Dean’s brother who has served in Franklin County; Margaret Burley, parent and executive director of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities; John White, Regional Learning Center manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health; Ken McClure, midwest regional director of corporate affairs, The Kroger Company; Senate President, Honorable Larry Obhof and Honorable Cliff Rosenberger, Speaker of the House.
One member from each county was invited to attend a special presentation of a House Resolution in the House Chambers Gallery. The 132 General Assembly presentation was streamed live via The Ohio Channel for those seated in the Atrium.
To recognize the past, present and future of county board systems on its 50th anniversary, all 88 counties contributed a box with documents, artifacts and memorabilia to highlight the evolution of service to people with developmental disabilities over the past half-century. The Always There Time Capsule will be sealed and remain untouched until Oct. 25, 2042 – the 75th anniversary of county boards of DD.
Some of the attendees chose to share their story by participating in the Always There Video Project, What Makes You Happy? Videos from throughout Ohio will be collected and assembled into a single video to show how county boards positively impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities, their families and our communities.
Representing Fayette County was Betty Reisinger, Community First director; Tim Stewart, Community First coordinator along with advocates, Chuck and Matthew. For more information about any of the services provided by Fayette County Board of DD, call 740-335-7453 or visit www.fayettedd.com