Community Connections is an initiative to offer opportunities to educate and inform people, in Hancock County with developmental disabilities, of the businesses, non-profits, government entities and all other opportunities available here in Hancock County.
The ideal platform for Community Connections includes a tour of the partnering businesses’ location and operations or a presentation of the business at Blanchard Valley Center’s Training Center. Due to the pandemic, we have all become very flexible and familiar with platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube live. The content we are looking to share is what you would like your community members to know more about your business. What do you think is important for you community to know about your organization? The more entertaining and engaging, the better!
The benefits gained from this initiative include increasing awareness of resources and opportunities available in Hancock county, the potential for job or volunteer connections, and increased exposure for the partnering businesses.
If you are interested in partnering, please contact Nadine Weininger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle Collins at email@example.com. Both may be reached by phone at 419-422-6387.
BEYOND THE BOOKS
Beyond the Books is a curriculum developed towards transitional youth (14-22) who have IEP’s. It focuses on interpersonal skills individuals need to succeed in life after high school or to advocate for what they want. Some specific areas this curriculum focuses on are self-awareness, setting goals and overcoming challenges, identifying resources, communication, being involved in the IEP (Individualized Education Program) process, and more.
For more information, contact Danielle Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-422-6387.
GOOD LIFE & TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
Good Life is a facilitator training model used to enhance life experiences for the people supported by the County Board and providers; enhance internal working relationships between and among co-workers and departments to enable the organization to thrive; and to enhance the external relationships with community partners to build capacity, collaboration and partnerships.
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an individual’s life- including service staff.
On an organizational or systemic level, Trauma-Informed Care changes organizational culture to emphasize respecting and appropriately responding to the effects of trauma at all levels. Similar to the change in general protocol regarding universal precautions, Trauma-Informed Care practice and awareness becomes almost second nature and pervasive in all service responses. Trauma-Informed Care requires a system to make a paradigm shift from asking, “What is wrong with this person?” to “What has happened to this person?”
For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Nadine Weininger at email@example.com or 419-422-6387.
Blanchard Valley Center offers annual Guardianship training.
May 8th, 2020 – Mental Illness & Guardianship POSTPONED
September 11th, 2020 – Introduction to the Developmental Disabilities System 9 am-12 pm
To register for the course, contact Nadine Weininger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-422-6387.
RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES TRAINING
This interactive presentation explains the rights and responsibilities and what they mean to individuals with disabilities. The presentation provides examples of responsibilities to each right given by several individuals with disabilities, themselves.
For more information, please contact Danielle Collins at email@example.com or 419-422-6387.
The staff at Blanchard Valley Center appreciate the continued support from the community and to show our appreciate we try to give back as often as possible. If you have a volunteer opportunity that we could fulfill, please reach out to Nadine Weininger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-422-6387.