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MCBDDs Safety Town +PLUS program receives award

By Staff Report, West Side Leader
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ (MCBDD) Safety Town +PLUS program received an Exceptional Safety Award at the annual Medina County Safe Communities Awards Breakfast Sept. 28. Safety Town +PLUS is a specially-designed program that teaches Medina County students in kindergarten to grade three who have developmental disabilities about traffic, fire, gun, bus and animal safety. The MCBDD has been providing the program for seven years in partnership with Sgt. Bev Fraser, from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, who has worked on traditional Safety Town programs. 

Shown above, from left, are Dr. Kaye Stanley-Bryson, MCBDD director of children’s services recognizing Fraser and Sharon Horn, MCBDD Safety Town +PLUS coordinator for their assistance.

“Bev has been the little angel on our shoulder for the past seven years,” said Stanley-Bryson. “She was more than willing to learn and work with the MCBDD to develop the program.”

The idea for the special program came from local parents of children with disabilities, some of whom attended the MCBDD’s Windfall School in Granger. MCBDD officials added parents found that typical Safety Towns could be too overwhelming for their children, especially for those on the autism spectrum or with significant disabilities. MCBDD officials said the specially designed safety program was important in helping children with developmental disabilities stay safe and find success in the community.

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