County Commissioners Help Kickoff Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

At their regular weekly meeting on March 5, 2013, Commissioners Kathleen Chandler, Maureen Frederick, and Tommie Jo Marsilio helped staff and individuals receiving services and supports from the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities kickoff Developmental Disabilities by issuing a Proclamation declaring March 2013 as Developmental Disabilities Month in Portage County. The Proclamation states that the Commissioners “…fully supports efforts to “Look Beyond” an individual’s disability to picture that person’s potential and to discover one’s ability, to fully actualize one’s strengths and gifts and to find a place where positive contributions can be made…”.

Activities Supervisor Colleen Brown watches Commissioners Maureen Frederick, Kathleen Chandler, and Tommie Jo Marsilio present the Proclamation.     (Left to Right) Colleen Brown, Pat Macke, Sandy Craft, Maureen Frederick, Nate Hutson, Kathleen Chandler, Tommie Jo Marsilio, Breanna Basar, Maranda Ailes, Kristen Macchiarola, Jason Pitcock, and Bill Whitacre

Similar Proclamations were also issued by Mayor Jerry Fiala of Kent and Mayor Joseph Bica, Jr. at the Kent and Ravenna City Council meetings on February 20th and March 4th respectively.

Mayor Jerry Fiala presents the Proclamation to Kathleen Wager, Mike Mohan and Pat Macke.    (Left to Right) Mathew Craft, Robert Sprague, Beth Bickerstaff, Russell Scheiben, Jacab Scheiben, and Mayor Joseph Bica

Proclamations declaring March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: