In the matter of Proclaiming March 2013 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month throughout Lorain County, Ohio
WHEREAS, Murray Ridge Center recently celebrated its forty-fifth year of providing services to Lorain County children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families; and
WHEREAS, 712 infants and toddlers with suspected developmental delays received Early Intervention services in 2012; and
WHEREAS, in 2012, 162 students with developmental disabilities received educational services in early childhood, primary, intermediate and senior classes at Murray Ridge School; and
WHEREAS, through Murray Ridge Center, in 2012 more than 950 adults with developmental disabilities participated in training and/or work experience in three Opportunity/Vocational Centers, several community employment enclaves operated by the Murray Ridge Production Center, or in other locations throughout the community; and
WHEREAS, in 2012, residential services were provided to 56 individuals with developmental disabilities living in Murray Ridge operated group homes; to 83 individuals with developmental disabilities living in small group settings in the community, including homes operated and maintained by Murray Ridge Housing Corporation; and to 292 individuals with developmental disabilities who received Murray Ridge administered services in private residential facilities, foster care settings, their own apartments, or with their families; and
WHEREAS, participation is encouraged in local, regional, state, and national Special Olympics activities to provide recreation and competition experiences to adults from Lorain County eligible to participate; and
WHEREAS, assistance that will permit families to care for a family member with a developmental disability in their home was provided, in 2012, to 700 individuals through the Family Support Program; and
WHEREAS, Murray Ridge Center staff network with social service, health, and welfare agencies to enrich the environment of children and adults with developmental disabilities and to find appropriate residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities placed on a waiting list; and
WHEREAS, the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities oversees funds from Federal, State, and local sources to provide comprehensive services to Lorain County individuals with developmental disabilities and their families;
NOW, THEREFORE, WE, TED KALO, LORI KOKOSKI, AND TOM WILLIAMS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF THE LORAIN COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, do hereby recognize the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities and declare the month of March 2013 as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” in honor of the sizeable contribution made to the welfare of Lorain County children and adults with special needs.
Witness our signatures this 6th day of March 2013.