CCBDD puts its best video forward

LISBON — A video has been posted online to promote the activities and services provided by the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The board got a chance to watch the video at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting. The video had been produced by Josh Menning with the help of a special support assistant Emily Kelly.

It showed clients working in jobs, dancing at events, graduating from the Robert Bycroft School and playing sports during Special Olympics events including the Comets basketball team.

Menning said he believes the video is one of the best mediums to show what the CCBDD does for those needing their services in the community.

One of the board members, Peg Leone, agreed she liked seeing the video.

“You can talk about what you do, but when you can see what you are doing and how it is affecting people, it makes a big different,” she said.

According to Assistant Superintendent Josh Martin, the video is available on the website and Facebook social media and has already had 8,000 views.

In other matters:

— The board will bid for a new 72-passenger handicapped bus. Devon said this is probably the last big bus the CCBDD will ever buy.

— March is DD Awareness Month and Devon reported there is a full calendar of events planned. Additionally, this year’s Spring Fling dance will be held on April 12.

— Although it was on the agenda, Devon withdrew a request to have the board donate $500 toward the purchase of a handicapped accessible swing in East Palestine Park. After looking at a photo of the swing, Devon said he realized it was not wheelchair accessible. Devon said he would be making a personal donation toward the swing, but would not ask the board to do so.