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Note: This Superintendent’s Message accompanies the summer edition of the LCBDD newsletter Momentum, which will be available in August. If you would like to receive this newsletter and be added to our mailing list, contact Anna Jeffries at 740-322-6911 or anna.jeffries@lcountydd.org. For a digital PDF version of the newsletter, click here.

It is hard to believe that back in May 2018, former Gov. John Kasich signed the Technology First Executive Order — making Ohio the first state in the country to place an emphasis on expanding access to technology for people with developmental disabilities.
I can remember thinking then how much more access could help the people and families we support while also making our operations more efficient.
Just as we had hoped, shortly after the order was signed, we began to see more and more people express interest in technology as a way to live more independently.
But none of us could have predicted how much 2020 would change how we thought about technology.
COVID-19 has made technology more critical than ever before. This pandemic has put us in a position where we need technology to keep our operations moving forward.
Over the past five months we have learned so much about the positive benefits to virtual meetings.
While I cannot predict the future, I do believe that it is easy to see that the use of technology will continue to grow and expand.
I truly appreciate the flexibility everyone has provided us as we quickly moved to a virtual environment. The support of our community and staff helped us successfully maintain our operations during this challenging time.

Virtually yours,
Jason L. Umstot

Contact Superintendent/CEO Jason L. Umstot by calling 740-349-6588 or email: Jason.Umstot@lcountydd.org.

 

COVID-19 has pushed LCBDD staff and local providers to think outside the box. But we are still here for the people we support and our community.

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Ellie O’Donnell showed up with kindness every day at the YMCA day camp.

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The regularly scheduled Licking County Board of DD Board meeting on Aug. 19 will be held virtually. Committee meetings will begin at 4:45 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held via video conference.
Members of the public interested in virtually attending the meeting should email Beth Tharp at Beth.Tharp@lcountydd.org by 4 pm. on Aug. 19. She will email out the information to attend the meeting via Zoom 15 minutes before the meeting begins.
Participants will be muted, but are encouraged to use the chat function in Zoom to ask questions during the hearing of visitors time frame.
 
 

As a DSP, Kyle Mick is working in a field that he’s wanted to be in since 8th grade.

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Waiting to return to the basketball court, Jett Speelman is helping others as a DSP.

 

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Chris Wells has found acceptance, purpose as a DSP.

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Updated: July 17, 2020

If you are a provider, please visit our COVID-19 for Providers page
Community resources page: We are compiling an ongoing list of resources that could be helpful during this time. Click here.

 

LCBDD COVID-19 Response Update
Visitors to wear face coverings

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Aidan Mader loves learning with his LCBDD developmental specialist.

 

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Early Intervention has been there for Owen and his family.

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