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Giving back to the community

Giving back to the community

October 10, 2017
The pavilion at Liberty Park in Mansfield is all spruced up thanks to Boy Scout Troop 123. 
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“A developmental and now a sentimental journey “

“A developmental and now a sentimental journey “

October 10, 2017
The beginning - In 1970, I had just graduated from college and was preparing to go into physical therapy school at The Ohio State University that fall.  I was looking for a job that might be related to my future career and was led to the Columbus State Institute (CSI).  They had an opening for an aide in the Therapy Department.  I had no clue that this was going to be an eye-opening summer and the field where I would later spend much of my career.
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'Foster' mom

'Foster' mom

October 10, 2017
A few years ago Tammy Staton was working a 9-to-5 job, wishing that she could spend more time with her three grandchildren but still be able to help her household financially.
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Hard work pays off

Hard work pays off

October 10, 2017
There are many benefits to having a job.
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Provider expands services in Richland County

Provider expands services in Richland County

July 6, 2017
One of the newest providers of services in Richland County is Statewide Transportation LLC.  Founded in 2015 in Ashland County, the company now serves about 29 people in Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, and, as of May 1, Richland County.“We started initially doing non-medical transportation and HPC (Homemaker Personal Care) transportation,” says Co-Owner Heather Gentle.  “There’s such a need with a lot of things, and I guess with my background we decided to…add services.”
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Spa days

Spa days

July 6, 2017
Leo Bishop may not be able to communicate with words, but his parents have no difficulty understanding their son, who turns 3 in August.“He can tell us things just by the way he cries, the way he squeals, the way he laughs, the way he smiles,” says his mother, Jeanine Bishop.That’s how they know Leo enjoys a new type of wellness program he started this past February.  Once a week, the family visits Raintree to use that facility’s small spa tub.  Ben Bishop climbs into the pool, and Jeanine hands Leo to his father.
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John's story

John's story

July 6, 2017
John Penney has a special gift for remembering dates.“I can tell you all the presidents of the United States, when they were born, when they died,” says John.  “I know all of the vice-presidents, too!”As you might expect, he’s pretty good at Trivial Pursuit – especially history-related questions.  While history isn’t always challenging for John, other things can be. 
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More than just a volunteer

More than just a volunteer

May 12, 2017
Makayla Luther says she has been volunteering with people with disabilities for as long as she can remember. That says a lot considering Makayla is only 15 years old.
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New way to save

New way to save

April 6, 2017
For years, individuals with disabilities had few options to save money without fear of losing their benefits. That all changed last June when Ohio became the first in the nation to launch STABLE Accounts.
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New provider coming to Richland County

New provider coming to Richland County

April 6, 2017
Chris Allison wasn’t planning to work in the developmental disabilities field after completing college. That was until he visited his brother, Christian, who lived in a group home in Columbus that also housed juvenile delinquents.
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Brothers share rare condition

Brothers share rare condition

April 6, 2017
Born a month early, Max spent more than a month in the hospital and was slow to gain weight, even though he was taking his bottle. Mallory says her youngest son screamed six times a day for eight months.
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