At the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD), we provide valuable services and supports to people with disabilities in our community all year round.
The majority of SCBDD employees work 12 months a year and summer always brings more opportunities for our employees to stay busy and connect with the people we serve.
Our community education and outreach staff take advantage of the summer break to hold our annual summer work experience for students who are interested in learning job skills and about their community. Students have an opportunity to learn about work through Career Exploration Camp. Students then go out and experience work at different organizations throughout the community for themselves. We partnered with agencies such as Shelby County Recycling Center and The Equestrian Therapy Program at Fassett Farm to provide a variety of experiences for individuals during their summer off from school. All of this is supported by our dedicated SCBDD employees.
You will also often find many of our employees supporting individuals who want to spend more time in the community. We have a walking club at Tawawa Park and you can find our coffee club enjoying coffee and socializing at a local coffee house every week.
Even though Shelby Hills Preschool is not in session, there is still a lot going on in that area. Employees are busy getting the preschool building and grounds ready for the fall. Employees are working to get the last of the poured surface for the playground in place, along with some new equipment for preschoolers and children attending Wilma Valentine Childcare to enjoy.
For more information on community outreach or to learn more about the Shelby County Board of DD, please check out our website at www.shelbydd.org and make sure to follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shelbydd.org to keep tabs on all of the happenings.
The writer is the superintendent of the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities.