March Awareness Month

by Kerri Silverthorn   |   Thu, Feb 27th, 2020

March Awareness Month

This month is important because it is a designated time when TuscBDD can create awareness and recognize the many contributions that people with disabilities bring to our community. It is also a time when people with disabilities can share their stories. TuscBDD asks everyone in the community to join with us in pledging to cultivate connections in order to expand social networks, generate opportunities, and grow supports for people with developmental disabilities by pledging to get involved this March. If you would like an opportunity to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, you can pledge to attend a Fans Network or March awareness event, volunteer at a provider agency, share positive stories, encourage friendships, or start a conversation. Pledge tickets can be found on the website under the community/event page or by emailing Please share your pledge on social media using hashtags #CultivateConnections and #BetterTogether.

Awareness Events:

March 4 – Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Ohio.  Attend a presentation ceremony and tour our state capitol building from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  Register online at      

March 4 – FANS Network Novel Adventures Book Club special event gathering at the Tuscarawas County Library at 121 Fair Ave. NW, New Philadelphia from 4:00 pm -5:00 pm. In addition to discussing the recent book, the evening will end with a poetry reading.  Please bring your favorite poem and share with your friends.  “Grand Slam” by Evan Jacobs is the next book for club members and will be distributed before you leave.   

March 5 –Sensory Friendly Movie is being held at the Quaker Cinema located at 158 W. High Avenue, New Philadelphia.  “Turbo” will be showing at 10:00 am with doors to open at 9:00 am.  Snack packages are available for $4.00 that include a small popcorn, small drink and small sized choice of candy.  RSVP to Nicole by email at or call her at (330) 407-0950. Admission is free!   

March 10 – Nationally acclaimed Trauma Informed Care expert, Sarah Buffie, will be presenting on Trauma Responsive Care for community members, persons receiving services through TuscBDD and their family members.  The live stream presentation is from 9:00 am -12:00 pm at the SSC located at 610 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia.  Seating is limited.  RSVP to Chris Sapp by calling 330-339-9769 or emailing  

March 14 – FANS Network Game Time is happening at the YMCA from 4:00pm - 6:00 pm.  Come and join your friends for a fun evening of gaming with a special touch to celebrate DD Awareness Month.  Feel free to bring new players with you! 

March 19 – Community Partners Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 am to 9:00 am with breakfast being served by TuscBDD staff and friends at 7:45 am. This event will be held at Tuscora Park Dining Hall located at 161 Tuscora Ave. NW at New Philadelphia.  RSVP to Chris Sapp by calling 330-339-9769 or emailing 

March 26 – Special Olympic Basketball team is joining with staff members and community members for a good will basketball game starting at 6:00 pm at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School located at 777 Third St. NE, New Philadelphia.  Doors will be open at 5:00pm for athletes to warm up.  Anyone over 16 is welcome to join the game.  Admission is free! 

March 27 – TuscBDD is happy to help spread the news that Big Brothers Big Sisters will be holding their Sensory Friendly Bowling sessions at Boulevard Lanes located at 818 Emerson Ave. behind McDonalds on the Boulevard.  Anyone receiving services through TuscBDD can register for free by calling Kerri at 330.339.9683. Sessions are from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.  Raise money for BBBS by participating in this Bowl for Kid’s Sake event and “Become A Defender.”     

Click to Hear an Audio Message from Alec, Karin, Amanda, & Kristina

Kerri Silverthorn Thu, Feb 27th, 2020