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Ability at Work explored

A focus on jobs and employment in the community was a common topic among speakers who shared at the 21st annual Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities elected officials breakfast this morning.

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ABOVE: Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities associate Bryan Krehn, right, shares during the LCBDD’s annual elected officials breakfast this morning about a friendship he developed with Bellefontaine firefighter Mike Wisner. Also pictured are, from the left, keynote speaker John Martin, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities director, and Saul Bauer, LCBDD superintendent. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: LCBDD board member Frank Giannola checks out the newly installed “Wall of Fame” at the board office, 1851 S. State Route 47. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR)

The event is hosted during Developmental Disabilities Awareness month, and appropriately, this year’s theme is “Ability at Work.”

Keynote speaker John Martin, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities director, described various employment positions he held in his growing up years, including working in construction, that eventually helped shape his career pathway that led to where he is today.

He said it is important that individuals with developmental disabilities also be given the same chance to explore different career options to discover their true talents and skill sets.

“Many of us who do not have developmental disabilities have had the chance to experiment with different types of jobs. I think we need to cut people with developmental disabilities some slack, and allow them the same kind of chance to utilize their skills and abilities to find the job that suits them.”

 

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