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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – Wood Lane

It’s March and in Wood County, that means it’s time to celebrate

Each year, during March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – Wood Lane focuses on peoples’ abilities and similarities and encourages everyone to welcome people with developmental disabilities into their communities.

The agency’s annual billboards and downtown Bowling Green banners promote the theme “Everyone Belongs.” Wood Lane Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery said, “Wood Lane is fortunate to belong to a community that lives and breathes the meaning of DD Month every day. Here in Wood County, this theme is embraced; we look at March as month to celebrate that.”

[cid:image006.jpg@01D054F7.B8485DB0]Wood Lane has many opportunities for the community to celebrate DD month. They include:

Special Olympic Athletes Play at Owens
Wood County Athletes kicked off National Developmental Disability Month during halftime of the Owens Men’s Basketball game on February 28. Hundreds of spectators enjoyed the game.

Advocacy Day at Ohio Statehouse
Tuesday, March 3, members of Wood County’s (Wood Lane’s) People First Chapter will travel to Columbus to participate in the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Kickoff Event and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse. The program includes speakers with disabilities, employers, as well as elected officials. Immediately following the kickoff program, the group will meet with Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Tim Brown.

Wood Lane Industries Celebration
The public is invited to join individuals who work at Wood Lane Industries, their families, staff, and volunteers as they gather to celebrate community on Friday, March 6 from 1-2:00PM at Wood Lane Industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to leave their mark of support on a 6×9 mural that will be decorated at the celebration and then displayed at the Wood County Library. Entertainment will be provided by local artist Tim Tegge.

Wood Lane School Spirit Day
Wood Lane School will hold a spirit day to celebrate DD Month. Students will also decorate the mural that will be used at the WLI celebration and then displayed at the Wood County Library. Each student will receive a plush Wood Lane Wildcat (Wood Lane School’s mascot) that was donated to the school in support of DD Month.

[cid:image007.png@01D054F7.B8485DB0]#WoodLanePride A Wood County School Awareness Program
March 9th-16th Wood County schools have pledged to take part in an awareness program called #WoodLanePride. The program will reach over 6,200 students.

Participating schools will receive a plush Wood Lane Wildcat (the mascot for Wood Lane School is a wildcat). Students will take pictures with the wildcat at different activities and post them on Facebook and Twitter with #WoodLanePride. The goal of the program is to help students recognize that an individual with a developmental disability can do the same things that they can do. The school with the most posts will win! Participating schools include: Wood Lane School, Otsego, Northwood, Perrysburg, Lake, Bowling Green, St. Louis, St. Aloysius, and The Montessori School of BG.

Wood County Library Display
Beginning on March 7, Wood County Library (WCL) visitors will enjoy several displays celebrating our community and DD Month. The WCL entrance will be decorated with canvases that were created by the community at the 2014 Black Swamp Arts Festival during Wheel Chair Painting. Also on display will be a mural created at the Wood Lane Industries.

In addition, there will be an interactive display for children in conjunction with the #WoodLanePride program. The display will feature several plush wildcats, as well as an interactive 3-foot sign where children have their picture taken as a Wood Lane Wildcat. Pictures from that display can be shared on Facebook or Twitter with the #WoodLanePride for a chance to win a Wood Lane wildcat!

Special Olympics at Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings in Perrysburg is celebrating DD Month with a Wood County Special Olympics display in their restaurant.

Community Speakers
If you would like to learn more about Wood Lane, our services or how your organization or business can be involved, contact the Wood Lane Speakers Bureau to speak at your next community meeting, staff meeting or other event.

For other ideas on how to take part in DD month visit<>

For more detailed information on any of these activities, please contact Penny O’Connell at<> or (419) 352-5115.

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