HIGHLAND COUNTY
BOARD OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
  "Come join the fun."

Mission Statement:  Ensuring that effective systems are available to assist people in achieving their life goals.


The Latest and Greatest NEWS at HCBDD...

Check out a day in preschool...

We are welcoming a new Preschool Intervention Specialist, Ms. Kim Wyant. 


"Welcome Ms. Kim, from the staff and students of Hills and Dales Preschool."


Ms. Kim comes to us from a wide variety of experience and interests. 


Degree:

B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education

Certification:

Early Childhood Education (P-3) [working towards Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Endorsement]

University:

Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH

Previous Position(s):

  • Kindergarten and School Age Teacher (1.5 years)- The Goddard School- Powell, OH
  • Head Start Teacher (2 years)- Jackson-Vinton Community Action, Inc.- Jackson, OH
  • Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (1 year)- Learning Tree International School- Tokyo, Japan

Years of Experience:

5 years 

Hobbies:

My absolute favorite thing to do is travel- I love seeing new places. In my spare time I also enjoy reading, thrifting, creative writing, and spending time with my husband, our Pomeranian-Yorkie mix (Sophie), and our three cats (Jorah, Cami, and Henry).


One of my greatest experiences so far has been living and teaching abroad in Japan for a year. I feel that living abroad offers some amazing culturally rich learning experiences that can only be attained by immersing oneself in a culture. I definitely urge others to step outside of their comfort zones if they get such an opportunity!


Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Naturalist Mandy Wolski, brought a box turtle, spotted salamander, corn snake, American Kestrel, and a barred owl to share with our preschoolers! 


She also showed them pelts, skulls, and antlers to discuss other species and how they relate to our current tree unit. 


Thank you Cowan Lake State Park and Mandy! 


Our students loved meeting the animals.









Why is October National Employment Month? Watch below to find out.



More preschool fun.....

"THANK YOU, MS. ZOE FOR A HAPPY START TO THE 2019 PRESCHOOL YEAR!



Edison is a student attending Hills and Dales Preschool. He is a sweet, happy little boy who is battling Batten Disease. Last Saturday Ms. Emily, Edison’s teacher and Ms. Chelsey, the Hills and Dales Preschool Education Coordinator, attended the 5K walk, Battling Batten with Edison. It was a great turn out that raised awareness about Batten Disease and proceeds helping with Edison’s medical and travel expenses. They were grateful for the opportunity to attend!







Check out the NEW videos that are located under our "MORE" tab, above. Click on Behavior Support Ideas to find out more about Children's Behaviors and ideas for positively supporting them.





Check out all of the smiles, hugs and happy kids that enjoyed the annual Grandparent's Day at the Hills and Dales Preschool. 


The staff did a great job hosting this special day for our children and grandparents.
















Direct Support Providers (DSPs) are VIPs!


Find a Rewarding Career as a DSP.


There is a shortage of these Very Important People who assist those with disabilities. 


Check out the information at this website and watch the video to learn more about positions available in Ohio.


https://www.dspohio.org/








The Ohio Development Services Agency is conducting surveys to determine the housing, homeless and community development needs as the state begins the planning process for the 5 Year Consolidated Plan covering the period of PY 2020 - 2024. The following are the links to the surveys:

PY 2020 – 2024 Needs Surveys

Community Development/Economic Development Needs Survey

Supportive Housing/Homelessness Needs Survey

Housing Needs Survey


The surveys are open to the public and will remain anonymous.








Here's a great resource for parents. 

Check it out.



What do the preschoolers really think about school?





The Highland County UP and BEYOND ARTISTS can create unique fall and holiday decorations for the upcoming months.


And, you can purchase holiday gifts for those who just have everything!



Visit the studio located in Hillsboro, Ohio at 8310 US 50, during Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-2:00 pm.


 Attend one of the upcoming shows to see the artists at work or to make purchases.




UPCOMING SHOWS:

     Wheat Ridge Herb Festival                Oct. 12, 2019

     Bainbridge Fall Festival of Leaves     Oct. 18-20






Check out the HCBDD
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 2019 Summer Newsletter
on this website, under the "MORE" tab above. 




Our Mission Statement

Ensuring effective systems are available to assist people in achieving their life goals.


Our Vision Statement 

Enhancing the quality of life in our community - one person at a time.


Our Goal- Total Integration

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!


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KEEPING EVERYONE HEALTHY AND SAFE


Major Unusual Incident (MUI)

A major unusual incident (MUI) is defined as the alleged, suspected, or actual occurrence of an incident when there is reason to believe the incident has occurred.   All incidents require that immediate action is taken to protect individuals from further harm, that an investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the incident and contributing factors, and that a prevention plan is developed to reduce the likelihood of further occurrences.

 

MUIs are reported to the Board, which then reports the information to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Employees of the Board, along with providers are responsible for taking immediate action to insure the health and safety of an individual in response to the occurrence of an MUI.  

To report an MUI during normal business hours, call 937-393-4237.

 

To report an MUI after normal business hours or on holidays, call 937-403-8256.

 

The Ohio Department of DD also has a hotline number: 866-313-6733 which may be used if there are concerns or difficulties in reporting to the Board.

 

For more information on MUIs, visit www.dodd.ohio.gov and click on the health and welfare section.