Hills and Dales Preschool has recently been teaching a Pet themed unit and has had several pets as visitors. The local K9 Good Citizen group brought their dogs to visit and play. The K9’s are AKC Certified Good Citizens. Having the dogs in our classes is a great therapy tool! Petland also brought several small pets like a chinchilla, bunny, and hamsters to name a few. Interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits for physical and mental health. The animals provided opportunities for our special needs students that sometimes don’t communicate often, an exciting encounter that promoted lots of communication! Petting and feeding these animals also provides our students with gross or fine motor issues, the opportunity and motivation to move more, stretch farther, and keep moving longer. Overall the animals lifted spirits, decreased anxiety, increased self-confidence, reduced self-consciousness and made everyone smile. We look forward to their next visit!
Karen Adams Appointed
The Ohio Assoc. of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities
The Highland County Board of DD is proud to announce the appointment of Karen Adams to the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, joining their Board of Trustees beginning in 2018. The appointment to the statewide association is the first time the Highland County Board of DD has had a Board member serving in this capacity.
Ms. Adams has served on the Highland County DD Board since 2011. She began serving as the President of the Board in 2017. Ms. Adams has a background in health care as a Respiratory Therapist and currently works as an administrator providing oversight in the medical field.
Ms. Adams' interest in the field of developmental disabilities has been life-long, growing up with a family member who is a current service recipient of the HCBDD.
When asked about Ms. Adams appointment to the OACB as a
Trustee, the HCBDD Superintendent, Deb Buccilla said, “I am excited that Karen
will now have the ability to represent the small counties in the state. A
smaller county’s perspective is unique, and the issues are not the same as in a
larger urban county. Karen’s representation will not only help Highland County but
also other counties similarly situated.”
Total Integration is Our Goal
Highland County Board of DD of Hillsboro, OH aims to find the right support systems and therapies that enable those with developmental challenges the opportunity to obtain all they need and want in life. Our services enable them to fully engage in all spheres of community life!
Helping at All Stages of Life
We are entrusted with providing adaptation, integration, and therapy services for members of the developmentally disabled community and their families. It is our goal to ensure the best possible outcomes, by enabling families to provide their loved ones with quality therapy from first diagnosis to adulthood.
Integration and independence are both goals and mantras, driving us to find effective ways to support those in need of assistance while enabling them to live full and productive lives surrounded by friends and loved ones.
As the County Board of Developmental Disabilities, we take it upon ourselves to continuously seek out a bright future for all!