Medina, Ohio, July 2, 2014 – The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is gearing up for another Safety Town+PLUS to be held the week of July 25 at the Medina County Achievement Center (4691 Windfall Road, Medina).
Children with developmental disabilities from across MedinaCounty are invited to participate in the five-day program, each day focusing on a specific safety lesson: traffic safety, fire safety, gun safety and calling 911, bus safety and animal safety. During animal safety, the children will have the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs and service dogs. The week commences with a graduation ceremony to recognize all children that participated in the program.
Safety Towns are realistic, child-sized towns designed to provide complete hands-on safety education for children. Safety Towns have streets, working traffic signals and miniature buildings designed to be as authentic as possible. MCBDD’s program is more than your typically SafetyTown. It will offer all the regular fun “PLUS” the extra help some children with developmental disabilities may need. Designed for children in grades K-3 with special needs, this program offers activities, games, stories and crafts to encourage learning (in a fun way) how to stay safe and make good choices during emergencies.
“SafetyTown teaches students how to remain safe in a variety of situations that they may face throughout their young and adult lives,” said Director of School Age Programs, Dr. Kaye Stanley Bryson. “MCBDD is the ideal place to cater this program to help children with developmental disabilities fully understand the importance of each topic.”
The idea for SafetyTown+PLUS came from parents of MCBDD’s Parent Support Group. These parents found that local Safety Towns were too overwhelming and did not provide a tailored learning environment for their children, many who are on the autism spectrum. MCBDD’s SafetyTown+PLUS will modify instructions and create multi-sensory activities to give students the best chances to practice important safety skills.
MCBDD will be working together with Sgt. Beverly Fraser of the Medina County Sheriff’s Department and a variety of other local volunteers. “We are thrilled to have SafetyTown+PLUS come to the MCBDD,” said Stanley-Bryson. “It is so encouraging to see so many volunteers come together to make sure all children have the opportunity to learn how to be safe and how to react in an emergency. We know this will be an excellent learning experience for all involved.”
For more information or to register, visit www.mcbdd.org.
MCBDD is the lifeline which connects individuals to the resources in the county, everything from residential services and employment, to funding sources and medical services. The mission of the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities is to provide quality programs, services and supports that assist over 1100 individuals with developmental disabilities, from birth to death, to live, learn work and socialize in their communities.