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Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries in tandem with its County Board of Developmental Disabilities partners wishes to announce the launch of Always There — a yearlong campaign to recognize the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, which will also serve as the theme for this year’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month in March.
The Always There campaign marks the founding of Ohio’s 88 county boards by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. The theme reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity, and history of partnership county boards have offered to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the past, in the present, and in the future.
“Reflecting upon our history and looking toward our future is a wonderful way to mark the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s county boards and DD Awareness Month, which is all about building awareness and understanding among the public about the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” said Joe Byrum, Goodwill President and CEO.
Through personal stories and historical items submitted by county boards and the people, families, and communities they serve, the Always There campaign will tell the collective story of developmental disabilities in Ohio and how the role and services of the county boards have evolved throughout the years.
Submitted stories and items will be archived and shared as part of the Always There History Project, which will be launched on the campaign’s website – www.alwaysthereforohio.org – in March. In addition to the website, the campaign will be supported through social media channels, posters, billboards, and local and statewide events.
As part of DD Awareness Month, Ohio Valley Goodwill encourages members of the community to submit their personal stories and historical items to the Always There History Project. Information about how to submit is available at www.alwaysthereforohio.org/submit.
Ohio Valley Goodwill will officially kick off its DD Awareness Month activities on Wednesday, March 1st. For more information, contact Sharon Hannon, Marketing Manager at (513) 771-4800, ext. 6364. To find out more about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s programs and services for individuals with Developmental Disabilities served through our County Board partners, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services.
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries is proud of its long time partnerships with the Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren County Boards of DD, serving more than 600 individuals annually. Please join us is celebrating DD Awareness Month and the launch of the “Always There” campaign in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.