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Thursday, February 22, 2018 Provider Meeting


The 4th Annual Kentucky Derby Celebration – Save the Date!

Join us for as we celebrate the Kentucky Derby experience on Saturday May 5, 2018 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and show support for those in our community with developmental disabilities through a fundraiser sponsored by the Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County.  Live streaming of events, signature refreshments, heavy hors d’ oeuvres, and fun activities!

For ticket and/or event sponsorship information Click HERE!


2018 Provider Recognition Dinner – Save the Date!

‘Lighting the Way to a Brighter Tomorrow’ is the theme for this years’ Provider Recognition Dinner scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  We encourage providers to join us for a catered dinner reception, engaging speakers, and the presentation of the ‘Shining Star DSP Award.’  Save the date, or, click the button on the right to RSVP today!


‘Shining Star DSP Award’ Nominations

Attention providers, family members, and individuals receiving services in Sandusky County!  Is there a Direct Support Professional in your life that deserves special recognition for all that they do?  Nominate them today for the ‘2018 Shining Star DSP Award’ by clicking on the button on the right!  Nominations will be accepted through the end of business on March 13, 2018.

EVERYONE has the Right to Make Choices

How would you feel if you had no say in where you live?  Or where you work?  Or who you spend time with?

That’s what can happen to older adults and people with disabilities when someone else has the power to make decisions for them, like when they’re put in a guardianship.

Everyone has the right to make choices. Supported Decision-Making (SDM) is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives, while receiving any help they need to do so.

Supported decision-making is an alternative to guardianship that allows an individual with a disability to work with a team and make his or her own choices about his or her own life. Under this model, the individual designates people to be part of a support network to help with decision-making.

SDM promotes self-determination, control and autonomy. It fosters independence.

Jonathan Martinis of the Burton Blatt Institute is a pioneer and leading expert on SDM.  Mr. Martinis will be holding FREE SDM educational presentations with a focus on educators, parents, guardians, and other stakeholders on Thursday, March 15th and Friday, March 16.  Click the link on the right for more information or to register.


2018 Scholarship Criteria and Application

The Council for Developmental Disabilities of Sandusky County will award a scholarship to a Direct Service Provider and resident of Sandusky County who will be pursuing a degree in higher education and whose academic goals are directed towards working with persons with developmental disabilities, Special Education or a related field.