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Meet Logan

By Kerri Silverthorn   |   Fri, Jan 8th, 2021

Logan receives Early Intervention (EI) services from the TuscBDD EI Team, and his mom wants you to know:

"Logan Was born 16 weeks early and had multiple complications. His EI team has been with him since he came home from the hospital and has helped him each step of the way. He had a rough start to walking due to his leg muscles being affected by brain bleeds that he developed in the hospital. But with the help of his EI team, he has taken off and is running everywhere! Logan loves all things outdoors, trucks, reading and playing ball. We are blown away by his progress and so thankful for this program!" ~ Lisa Smith

Does your child need Early Intervention (EI)? You can get an assessment. EI can hep children that have trouble with moving, sitting, seeing, hearing, thinking, talking or playing. EI is a partner of Help Me Grow. EI is a free service funded primarily through local levy dollars for qualifying families through The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD). Anyone can make a referral by calling 1-800-755-4769. 

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Meet Logan

Kerri Silverthorn Fri, Jan 8th, 2021

Logan receives Early Intervention (EI) services from the TuscBDD EI Team, and his mom wants you to know:

"Logan Was born 16 weeks early and had multiple complications. His EI team has been with him since he came home from the hospital and has helped him each step of the way. He had a rough start to walking due to his leg muscles being affected by brain bleeds that he developed in the hospital. But with the help of his EI team, he has taken off and is running everywhere! Logan loves all things outdoors, trucks, reading and playing ball. We are blown away by his progress and so thankful for this program!" ~ Lisa Smith

Does your child need Early Intervention (EI)? You can get an assessment. EI can hep children that have trouble with moving, sitting, seeing, hearing, thinking, talking or playing. EI is a partner of Help Me Grow. EI is a free service funded primarily through local levy dollars for qualifying families through The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD). Anyone can make a referral by calling 1-800-755-4769. 

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The Beauty in Disability

Kerri Silverthorn Thu, Jan 7th, 2021

I very recently found out about a mental health event taking place online. After inquiring with a person who helped organize it, I found out more about the group that is behind the work. I am excited to share Lacey's blog and Facebook group information. Do you want to know more about Lacey's The Beauty in Disability group? If so, read what I learned from my inquiry with Lacey's mom, Angela. 

 

Join The Beauty in Disability Facebook group for a Mental Health Zoom event: Join the event by clicking here. 

From Angela:

“My 19-year-old daughter, Lacey, started the group The Beauty in Disability in the summer; she has spastic cerebral palsy. She graduated high school in 2020, started college remotely and ended up sitting at home very lonely.  She has been trying to find ways to connect with other people with disabilities and share positive information about people with disabilities.  She has been hosting virtual meetings once a week and writing a blog.

Honestly, this is not a professional group. This is just a young girl who wants to help other people like her and help people understand disabilities --- truly understand them --- not feel pity, not ignore, not pretend to be friends.

Lacey is hoping that this group might be just what someone else needs and that this speaker makes a positive impact for them too. Her goal is to “make it happen for everyone” share positive impacts made by people with disabilities because everyone deserves to be celebrated.

Through these connections, she contacted the mental health speaker Zach.  Again, she is learning how to create a support advocacy group that is created by a person with disabilities for everyone, so this is not a fancy event.  She has never hosted a guest speaker, and we really do not know how to go about hosting a meeting, but she is always willing to try anything.  Through her 19 years, we have learned that mental health is something she struggles with as much as her physical disability.”

 ---Angela Richcreek

You can reach out to Lacey and Angela directly at:

Lacey: richreeklacey@gmail.com

Angela: richcrea@ohio.edu

 

Check out Beauty in Disability’s Facebook page and blog:

Click here to visit the Facebook page

Click here to visit Lacey’s blog 

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FANS Digital Community

Nicole Tue, Oct 13th, 2020

The FANS Network of the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been working hard to engage the digital community by placing all our events online using a platform called Zoom.  In this uncertain time of COVID-19, TuscBDD understands the need for community and the human connection. Even though we can’t host FANS events in-person, the FANS Network still wants to make sure that everyone can be involved.

The FANS Network has placed Novel Adventures Book Club online by using Zoom and the free library platforms called Hoopla and Libby using your own library card. Please visit Hoopla here: https://www.hoopladigital.com and Libby here: https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby. Members can use an app on their phone or tablet and “borrow” the book our club is reading. The club meets two Fridays a month on Zoom from 4:00 -5:00 pm to discuss the book.

Game Time has also gone virtual using the same Zoom method on Friday once a month from 4-5pm. Members play games such as indoor scavenger hunts and various educational trivia as well as other fun indoor games.

The FANS Network also has a fairly-new online event called Movie Time. This event is free and uses Zoom in collaboration with YouTube Movies. An example of movies we have watched lately are Abominable and the new live-action movies Lion King and Aladdin. The next Movie Time is on Friday, October 30th from 6:00 -8:00 pm. The movie is the 2019 animated Addams Family, and costumes are encouraged! Gather your goodies and FaceTime your friends to watch a movie distanced, but together. You will have the option to use the chat box within Zoom by using your own phone to communicate while you view the picture and audio through screen share. If you have a computer/laptop, smartphone, tablet, or smart TV, you will use the Zoom link provided to connect with the FANS Network.

All the FANS Network activities and events can be found on the following Facebook page: https://bit.ly/TuscFans called the TuscBDD FANS Network Group or by visiting www.tuscbdd.org. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us. If you are nervous about joining because you aren’t sure how to use the technology for any of our clubs or events, I can walk you through the process! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at (330) 407-0950 or email me at fans@tuscbdd.org.

 

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Fun With Easter Eggs

TUSCBDD Staff Thu, Apr 2nd, 2020

Video Blog by Katy Ganz, TuscBDD Starlight School's Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). This video teaches families ways to use Easter eggs.

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Novel E-book Adventures

Nicole Wed, Apr 1st, 2020

The FANS Network has created a digital book club for those with or without disabilities who love to read. The books will be available on Amazon as a Kindle book or on two library platforms called Hoopla Digital or Libby by Overdrive. The two library platforms will work as long as you own a library card, and books are available in eBook or audiobook format.

Our first meeting will be on Friday, April 3 from 4-5 pm and will be held bi-weekly on Facebook. Please click HERE to join the group.  If you want to grab a copy of the book, please read the discussion section of the page to learn more. We hope to see you on Friday evening!

 

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