What do you get when you combine the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities with our families, our advocates, our providers, our partners, our schools, our board members, and our wonderful staff?
It’s the act of working together to produce something great. And that “something great” is more inclusion for those we serve through connecting resources to those who need them.
I’m excited to see our entire community finding a collective voice to showcase all of the great things that Marion, Ohio has to offer – we are MarionMade!
Great eateries and shopping. Great companies and organizations. And most importantly, great people – not only the people served – but also all of the people who work together to advocate, integrate, and create an inclusive environment.
People like Chip who continues to work at Kroger with our support – and brighten the day of everyone he encounters while doing so. He’s just one example of how our community wraps their arms around their friends and neighbors with developmental disabilities. People like all of you who spend countless hours working for those we serve. People working together make communities great! I feel like the County Board of DD is an integral part of the success we are feeling in Marion.
The provider meetings are growing and great discussion is happening there to find ways to better serve our people. Many community members and organizations want to come and meet our SSAs to learn more about how their resources and services could benefit those served.
The Autism Group has stepped up to make a difference in the lives of their children and loved ones.
Some people just GET it. Some people get the fact that allowing those different than us to have a voice provides a unique perspective and insight … an insight that may otherwise not be discovered. They get that the community has a responsibility to support this effort.
Connections + Collaboration = Collective Impact. Thank you for being a part of the group that truly “gets it.”
You are appreciated.
Cheryl A. Plaster, Superintendent