Archive for June, 2013

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Storytelling Concert for Families

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Pioneer Center Annual Yard Sale

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Spotlight on: Norma Wall

In many ways, Norma Wall is a typical 85-year-old woman. She enjoys a calm, relaxing lifestyle; playing cards with friends, looking at magazines, shopping, making crafts, and spending time with her cat top her list of favorite activities. In other ways, Norma is anything but typical. She is a woman with a huge heart, a great sense of humor, and a resilience that defies expectation.

Norma is part of the Pioneer family. She has been receiving services from the Pioneer Center since 1987.

Last June, Norma spoke with her Service and Support Administrator (SSA) and let her know she had decided she would like to start donating supplies for cats at local animal shelters.

Since then, Norma has donated $75 a month in supplies (food, cleaning materials, etc.) for the animals at the Ross County Humane Society. Even though she is on a fixed income, it’s important to her that she does everything she can with her limited resources because of her love of animals.

SSAs strive ensure the voices of the individuals they support are heard. “We try out best to promote independence and self-directed activity among individuals we serve. It’s important for them to have a voice; to make their own choices about their life,” says Vicki Pierce, an SSA with the Pioneer Center.

Many community members think that the Pioneer Center is simply a school for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD), but it is much more than that. The Pioneer Center (also known as the Ross County Board of DD) provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages, providing a wide array of services catering to every age group, many of which are in-home services. Services include, but are not limited to, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, play groups, infant aquatics, baby sign language classes, baby massage instruction, behavior support services, specialized communication services, parent coaching services, adult residential services, and job placement programs. Preschool and school-age services are also offered at OU-C’s Early Childhood Development Center, and the Pioneer Center, respectively.

For more information on the services the Pioneer Center offers, please call 740.773.8044.

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