Archive for February, 2015


Art on Air

The Pioneer Center’s Director of Communication, Patrick McFadden, joins Ted Fickisen, of The Pump House, and Betsy Parker, of the Art League, to discuss the upcoming 80+-piece art exhibit comprised fully of artists with DD. Click the “play” button below to listen to the interview now.



Taking to The Air

The Pioneer Center’s Superintendent, Rick Marriott, and Director of Communications, Patrick McFadden, took to the airwaves earlier this week to discuss Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with the good folks at Chillicothe’s own WBEX Radio. Click the “play” button below to listen to the interview now.


DODD Provider Search Tool – Online access to DODD Providers and Housing Vacancies

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has created a useful search tool which enables people to search for potential service providers. This web search is designed to help individuals, families and county boards search for providers and housing for Ohioans with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. A wide variety of waiver and supported living providers can be found, such as transportation, homemaker personal care and day services.

Click here to explore providers in your area.


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


Click here to see the events and activities scheduled this March in honor of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, including award nomination forms.


Autism teaches family patience, love


Gage Graves is just like any other 6-year-old boy: He loves tractors, fire trucks and horses and is a member of the Boy Scouts.

Unlike regular 6-year-olds, however, Gage has autism.

“Sometimes, you see a kid walking around Wal-Mart and having a meltdown,” said Jennifer Graves, Gage’s mother. “But it may not be just a kid having a meltdown; it may be more than what you see.”

Gage was diagnosed with regressive autism, a neuro-developmental disorder that causes impairments in the areas of socialization, communication, behavior and play skills, when he was 2 years old. Autism is a lifelong disorder but can be treated.


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