Panel focuses on disabilities

Seneca County Board of Commissioners declared March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month at the meeting Thursday.

The declaration promoted increasing awareness and active participation in community activities and the creation of opportunities for citizens with developmental disabilities to function as independently and productively as possible.

The declaration also encouraged recognizing the contributions of citizens with developmental disabilities to the community.

Seneca County Opportunity Center Intake Coordinator Marta Mohr and Dexter Chatham discussed events planned for the awareness month. Chatham said a dance for advocates, workshops, a craft show and Celebrity Basketball are all taking place in support of the awareness month.

Events include the Opportunity Center Dinner and Dialogue at 6 p.m. Thursday. The theme for the evening is Employment First. Featured speakers are SCOC Superintendent Lewis Hurst and SCOC Director of Adult Services Rodney Biggert, who are to discuss the new employment initiative by the Department of Developmental Disabilities for individuals seeking or currently receiving community employment, sheltered workshop or day programming services.

A complimentary Hawaiian chicken dinner is to be served. Those interested in attending should call (419) 447-7521 with the number attending by Monday.

The center also is holding the 6th Annual Craft Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 15. The event is sponsored by the SCOC Creative Arts Studio. Lunch is to be available and door prizes are to be given out.

Vendor tables are available. To sign up, contact Amy T. at (419) 447-7521.

Celebrity Basketball is to be held at 7 p.m. March 27 at Heidelberg University’s Seiberling Gym. A three-point contest is to be held at halftime and it is $1 per shot with a chance to win a prize. There is also to be a 50/50 raffle at halftime.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. For questions, contact Kristina or Cynthia at (419) 447-7521.

The commission meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. May 20 has been moved to Thursday, May 22.

In new business, the board approved:

A supplemental appropriation of $6,000 for the EMA Fund.

An appropriation adjustment of $5,000 within the Maintenance and Repair Fund.