Board of DD provider fair hopes to attract support

Board of DD provider fair hopes to attract support

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For decades the team at Holmes Board of Developmental Disabilities has worked hand in hand to provide the finest care and guidance for area families with a member who is developmentally disabled.

The Holmes County Training Center and Lynn Hope Industries have been instrumental in providing meaningful work, teaching, building relationships and helping special-needs people to touch the lives of people in the community, whether it is through finding employment for them or interactive visitations to schools and other events.

However, one thing many people may not recognize is there are several organizations in Holmes County that were designed to add additional support, guidance and aid to families.

On Tuesday, March 15 in the West Holmes High School cafeteria, there will be a provider fair that will feature around 10 different organizations that provide myriad different types of special-needs care for both families and individuals living on their own who could benefit from additional support.

The provider fair is meant to work on two different levels. The first is to serve as an opportunity for those with an interest in serving in the developmental-disability community to connect with around 10 different providers who are currently providing employment opportunities. Those companies would include Midwest, DOY Services and Gentle Brook, all of which work closely with the Holmes County BDD.

“Families who are seeking services can talk to the providers to get a better sense of everything they offer and to get to know them better,” said Marianne Mader, Holmes BDD superintendent. “It has also been a very rough time for organizations who provide these services to find capable employees, so it will also serve as a way for these provider organizations to touch base with anyone interested in exploring the possibility of working with those with developmental disabilities. These organizations and the people who make connections with families and individuals facing the challenges families face every day are critically important to the individuals’ growth.”

According to Mader, possible jobs range from full-time to part-time and would include working directly with disabled individuals and their families to part-time rolls that are behind the scenes such as cleaning, cooking and laundry, to name several.

The other purpose the fair serves is to invite families with members who are among the developmentally disabled to visit with the providers and learn more about all the options that are available to them.

“It’s really a neat opportunity for those who have a passion to help families and individuals with developmental disabilities,” Mader said. “What is really nice is that it will give families an opportunity to connect with providers to see all of the different services that are available to them in this area.”

Mader said if a family would like to utilize the services of one of these providers, Holmes BDD could help to fund that for the family.

Mader said many of the providers are geared toward allowing families with special-needs members or those living independently to thrive in the home.

“There’s a big push in the state of Ohio to increase the use of technology by people with disabilities because that type of technology allows them to receive reminders to take meds, to check in when needed, and it frees up the people who are working in the homes to dedicate more individual time to those who need it.”

The provider fair is free to the public, and Mader encourages anyone with a heart to serve and all families who want to explore all the services available to them to attend.

Following the provider fair, the Holmes County Bucks will play the Holmes County Community All-Stars in the annual basketball game in The Dungeon at West Holmes High School.

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