|Wood Lane kicks off month of activites|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 05 March 2013 11:24|
Wood Lane's Community in Partnership Committee (CIPC) is planning numerous activities to celebrate this year's Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month theme of "Look Beyond." The theme was developed by a not-for-profit organization called Ohio Public Images whose purpose is to help organizations increase awareness and understanding of individuals who live with a developmental disability.
"We hope that our message shows how "Wood Lane Works" for our entire community," stated Superintendent Melanie Stretchbery.
The state-wide kick off is on today. 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.
Immediately following the kickoff program, they plan to meet with Senator Randy Gardner and Representative Tim Brown.
The local kickoff planned for Wednesday, when Wood Lane is planning a "Spirit Day" to celebrate the potential of everyone. Students from Wood Lane School, adults who receive services, their families, staff, and volunteers will be in attendance.
The public is also invited to attend.
The event will be held at Wood Lane Industries in Bowling Green and run from 1 to 1:45 p.m.
On Saturday is Self-Advocacy Training. Dianna Lust, a University of Toledo graduate student is putting her research into action and will lead training for individuals with disabilities on what it means to be a self-advocate. Participants will learn about famous people with disabilities and how they made a difference in the disability rights movement.
The first class will be at Wood Lane School in Bowling Green from 2 to 3 p.m.
Also on Saturday will be March Madness/Special Olympics basketball when Wood County's men's basketball team will be playing in the sectional tournament at Van Buren High School. The winners in each bracket will advance to the State Tournament.
A Dinner/Dance is planned for March 15. Wood Lane Residential Services and Wood Lane Recreation will hold a dinner-dance at Dyers Supper Club on Campbell Hill Road in Bowling Green.
Get rid of the "R" word is scheduled for March 20. The BGSU Student Council for Exceptional Children is hosting an event to increase awareness through a campaign known as "Spread the word to end the word" (the use of the word retardation). Individuals and families that receive services through Wood Lane will speak about how harmful words can and the importance of using words that are not degrading and emphasize "people first." Go to www.r-word.org to learn about the campaign.
Literacy in the Park is March 22 in the BGSU ballroom. The event draws over 1,000 children, families and educators.
The ballroom will be full of hands on activities from many agencies and organizations are geared to encourage reading and literacy. Students from Wood Lane School will be present to show how technology is giving them enhanced opportunities to increase literacy and learning.
This annual event is made possible by Judith and Joseph Conda. Their financial support helps secure a well-known children's author to be featured at the event to present and also sign books.
More information on this event can be obtained through the BGSU College of Education.
Also, nearly 30 individuals have received training and are prepared to present to any youth or adult organization through Wood Lanes Speaker's Bureau. Speakers include individuals who receive services, their families, staff, Board members and other volunteers. Organizations can specify what topic(s) they would like presented.
Tours are also available upon request. To schedule, contact Liz Sheets at (419) 352-5115.
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