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Always There: Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities turns 50

By Sam Shriver, Lima News
Published Saturday, October 21, 2017

not segregated and therefore both normal individuals and people with disabilities learn to live together, which is what it’s all about,” Boaz says.

As for the future …

“I see inclusion and I see it in community employment. I see it in school-age children. I see inclusion everywhere, but the main thing is person-centered planning is going to help everyone to center around the person that has the disability and what’s their needs and how do we make sure that their health and safety is met along with increasing their livelihood,” Boaz said.

Inclusion is an important part of what they do.

“We make sure we include everybody and make them equal. We try to treat them as fairly as possible, even if you have a disability, you should treat them fairly and treat people with the respect like you would like to be treated,” Boaz says.

Time Capsule

On Tuesday, representatives from Board of Developmental Disabilities from all over Ohio will be in Columbus for a special recognition. As part of that, each county will provide a micro time capsule to be unveiled in another 25 years.

From Lima/Allen County the time capsule will include a Lima News article from March on John Watkins, a person with developmental disabilities who works at Kewpee, a rock with the Marimor logo, a Christmas ornament made at Artability, letters from their students, a flier from a chicken barbecue fundraiser, as well as a flash drive with much of the history of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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