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FRANKLIN COUNTY — County commissioners are recognizing the contributions and potential worth of citizens with developmental disabilities to the community this month.

Commissioners proclaimed March 2019 as Franklin County Developmental Disabilities Month.

“We recognize the unlimited potential for all Franklin County citizens to live, work and thrive in our communities—including those with developmental disabilities,” said Commissioner Chairman Dave Keller.

The proclamation seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life.

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The goal is to help the community understand and recognize the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

The Franklin/ Fulton Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program is using the theme, “Building on Our Potential” to show that all citizens, including those with disabilities, can be included in education, employment and community living. 

Occupational Services Inc. will hold a celebration for their employees and participants later this month to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. 

Other upcoming awareness activities include:

• March 18th – “Creating a Vision for a Good Life” family workshop at the Besore Library from 6-8 pm

• March 20th – Transition Day for Franklin County High School students with disabilities at Wilson College

• March 23rd – “Creating a Vision for Life After High School” workshop for families and students at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library from 1-3:30 pm

For more information on developmental disabilities programs and services, please contact  Franklin/Fulton MH/IDD/ EI at 717-264-5387.

Editors note: Pictured above (left to right): back row – Stacie Horvath, Franklin County Human Services Administrator; Bob Ziobrowski, Commissioner; Marion Rowe, IDD Program Specialist; Stacey Brookens, MH/IDD/EI Administrator; front row– Dave Keller, Chairman Commissioner; Lori Young, IDD Program Specialist; Cori Seilhamer, Mental Health Program Specialist and Certified CIT Coordinator

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