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2017-18 Preschool Calendar

Harold Lewis Center has approved the Preschool Calendar for the 2017-18 School Year.  

2017-18 HLC Preschool Calendar, click here

UCBDD Worknet/Community Employment Transition

The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities' WorkNet Program has begun a transition which will move supported employment services from the county board to many supported employment providers who are excited to be able to work with people with developmental disabilities in Union County.  Below is the presentation given by Superintendent Kara Brown and Nick Bowsher, WorkNet Program Manager to individuals, families, providers, and county board staff at two informational meetings on November 1, 2016.

For more information, please contact Kara Brown at 936-645-6780 or kbrown@ucbdd.org or Nick Bowsher at 937-645-6771 or nbowsher@ucbdd.org.

WorkNet Transition Presentation 11/1/16


The Harold Lewis Center is now offering online fillable forms for the convenience of its parents.  Enjoy the convenience of filling out forms from anywhere you have access to the internet.  Below are the forms currently available in fillable format. If you are interested in our Peer Model Program, please use form below to be added to our wait list.  If you are concerned about your child's development, please click here for the Referral for Evaluation form.

Harold Lewis Center 2017-18 Preschool Enrollment Form - Complete after child has been admitted to program

Harold Lewis Center Peer Model Intake Form 2017-18 - Complete if interested in Peer Model Program

Harold Lewis Center 2017-18 Emergency Medical Form  - Complete after child has been admitted to program

Early Intervention 2017-18 Enrollment Form - Children birth - 3 only


Ohio's Waiver Waiting List process is being improved!

To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, we have started the process of simplifying the waiting list for home and community-based waiver services as well as improving access to resources and services for individuals and families throughout Ohio.  Together, The Arc of Ohio and stakeholders representing individuals and their family members, guardians, providers, county boards of developmental disabilities and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities are working on changes that will improve Ohio's Waiver Waiting List process.


Gohio - New Transportation Option for Union County and the Columbus Region

Gohio Commute is a program of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's (MORPC) that equips individuals and companies with transportation resources for commuting options that are cost-effective and environmentally friendly.  For more information on how this might benefit you or someone you know, click here for the Gohio Brochure.

Dos and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy

Wrightslaw is a great resource for anyone who needs a great resource for all things that fall under the category of Special Education.  Below is a paraphrased excerpt from an electronic article titled "Parent Advocacy:  What You Should Do . . .and Not Do" by Leslie Seid Margolis, Esq.

What Parents Should Do

1. Prepare for Meetings

2. Prioritize Your Child's Needs

3. Build Good Relationships

4. Document Issues & Concerns

Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities Special Olympics Changes

The Special Olympics and Fitness Coordinator has resigned from his position at the County Board

The County Board is working on hiring someone to replace him and hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.

The County Board is committed to the Special Olympics program in Union County.

HLC Plan B

HLC is on Plan B Friday September 15, 2017 due to fog and poor visibility in the county.

AM Class 10:00-12:00

PM Class 1:30-3:30

All Day Class 10:00-2:30

Scarecrow Making Night

The Harold Lewis Center Parent Council (PAC) would like to invite you to create a scarecrow on Tuesday October 24th from 6-7pm



Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, October 20, 2017.  This training is top notch when it comes to focusing on:

*Special education law, rights and responsibilities

*Tests and measurements to measure progress & regression


*Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education.

For more information & to register click here

Town Hall Meeting on Technology

Join October’s Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology!

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to host the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology this month to offer a forum for people with developmental disabilities and their families to discuss their personal experiences using technology to promote independence, while connecting people with information about assistive technology and remote support services.


The town hall is Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4:30 PM at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 43035.

Join the UCBDD Team
What is Dyslexia?

Dublin City Schools Parent Mentors/SEAC and 

The International Dyslexia Association of Central Ohio



What is Dyslexia?  


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

6:30 – 8:00 pm 

Dublin Community Rec Center

5600 Post Road 

Dublin, OH 43017

Please RSVP to:  dublin_seac@yahoo.com



Ice Cream Social

Join the Harold Lewis Center for their Annual Ice Cream Social

Click here for more information

Tots in Tow Playgroup

Our Tots in Tow playgroup starts in September

click here for more information

HLC Growth - UCBDD/World of Wonders

UCBDD’s mission is to ensure supports are available to people with disabilities.  Our ability to fulfill this mission is at risk at the Harold Lewis Center.  As our community grows, so does the number of pre-school students we support.  We have grown by 25% in the last two years. We began preparing for this space need over a year ago.


The Harold Lewis Center is occupied by the UCBDD pre-school and by a private business, World of Wonders Childcare (WOW).  In June 2016, UCBDD notified WOW of UCBDD’s intent to utilize all of the space at the Harold Lewis Center.  Per the agreement between the two entities, UCBDD was required to give 30 days’ notice.  UCBDD gave over one year’s notice.

2017 Marysville Parks & Recreation Activities Guide

Are you looking for activities to help you enjoy the good weather?  Check out the link below

2017 Marysville Parks & Recreation Activities Guide

GUARDCARE - a free healthcare event

Dental - Physicals - Screenings - Vaccinations-

Developmental screenings for birth to 6 - and more!

For flyer, click here

HLC Meet the Teacher

Save the date...

Healthchek Services for Children Younger than Age 21

Healthchek is Ohio's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program. It is a service package for babies, kids, and young adults younger than age 21 who are enrolled on Ohio Medicaid. 



We Are Hiring!!!!

Preschool Coordinator

For more information please see:

EMPLOYMENT Tab  on the

UCBDD website at  www.ucbdd.org/

Or the Union County Board of DD Facebook page.

How to sign up for E-Communications

Harold Lewis Center families should please sign up for E-Communications.

STABLE Account Impact Continues to Grow

STABLE Account Presentations


Want to schedule one of our staff members to speak to your group about STABLE Accounts?  We offer in-person training, webinars, and other resources to make sure you understand the STABLE Account program. 

Call or email our team directly to coordinate your training event. Continue reading to check out the testimonials from people using the STABLE Account

Ohio Association of County Boards of DD Oppose State Budget Changes

The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities opposes fiver major changes that would prohibit the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities from:

1.  Enrolling ANY new Medicaid waivers in fiscal year 2018 and 2019;

2.  Raising Medicaid rate to fund a wage increase to direct support professionals;

3.  Raising Medicaid rates to permit the streamlining of the Shared Living service model;

4.  Raising Medicaid rates to allow for a complex care add-on; and

5.  Using funds appropriated in the Intermediate Care Facilities Bed Tax Line  Item to fulfill critical services needs.

Ohio Association of County Boards' letter to lawmakers

To contact your representative, click here

To contact your senator, click here


Advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities

As our country transitions from one presidency to another, it is a great time to educate yourself on who holds each office and their views and goals for their area of responsibility.  If you would like to express your opinions, you can contact your Ohio representatives for the US Senate and US House of Representatives and share your concern(s) with their staff. Messages can be short and should outline your thoughts or concerns, how potential changes may impact yourself, your family, or your situation.

Links to Ohio's representatives in the US Senate and the US House of Representatives


Whole In One Golf Camp

For Children with Autism and Down Syndrome at

The Ohio State University

We Are Hiring
Plan B Schedule

AM Class is 10:00-12:00

PM Class is 1:30-3:30

All Day Class is 10:00-2:30

Ronald McDonald

Join us at the Harold Lewis Center for some comedy with Ronald McDonald on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm.

Special April Board Meeting


HLC Closing/Delay Information

Parents-please see information below about our closing and delay system.


Get All the Info You Need in One Place

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is the state department that oversees developmental disabilities services and supports in Ohio.  The department unveiled "This Week @DODD", designed to keep you informed with the latest news from the agency.


The page features links to department initiatives and an events and training calendar. 

HLC Door Contest Winner Snow Secret

The staff at the Harold Lewis Center participated in a Door Decorating Contest.

Good Job WorkNet!

As of December 31, 2016, Union County had the highest percentage (65%) of total adults served in Integrated Employment Services in the state of Ohio.  WorkNet's staff has done an awesome job at helping people become a part of their community by supporting people to work in their community.  With that kind of track record, they will be a great asset to our new community employment providers in Union County.

For more information on the State Scorecard, click here

CMS Transition Plan

In January 2014, the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance that outlined settings in which waiver services may be provided.  Ohio's State Transition Plan was the third nationwide to receive CMS approval in June 2016.


CMS also reminded states that an entity may NOT provide BOTH case management and waiver service delivery to a person.  Efforts of the department include supporting county boards of developmental disabilities in transitioning away from providing waiver services.

To see where Union County is in this transition compare to the rest of the counties in Ohio, click here.

Kernels For Life Training

Join us at the Harold Lewis Center Tuesday March 14, 2017 at 6pm for our FREE Kernels For Life Training

HLC Picture Day

Harold Lewis Center Picture Day




HLC Winter Carnival


"Meet the Author" with Paul Daugherty

Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Delaware County Library to host “Meet the Author” with Paul Daugherty

DELAWARE, OH – Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD) will partner with the Delaware County District Library (DCDL) on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to welcome Paul Daugherty for a book signing and meet the author event. The event will last from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Library – Orange Branch at 7171 Gooding Blvd. Delaware, OH 43015.

Chris Cakes

Our HLC families enjoyed an evening of flipping pancakes and visiting with Santa.


Training - What Parents Should Know About the IEP Process

5:30 p.m. Registration
6-8 p.m. Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

No cost

If you have questions regarding content,
please call Joe Farry at 614.753.4680 or
e-mail Joseph.Farry@escco.org

HLC Plan B

When HLC is on Plan B the AM class is from 10:00-12:00. The PM Class is from 1:30-3:30 and the All Day class is from 10:00-2:30.

HLC Holiday Program

Save the date...

The Harold Lewis Center will perform their Annual Holiday Program on Wednesday December 7th at 6:00 pm. This event is held at the Marysville High School Auditorium to allow enough space for our families to attend. It is always a fun night. We hope to see you there.

Look for more information about this event coming home soon.

Chris Cakes is Coming to the Harold Lewis Center

Thursday December 8, 2016 from 6-7 join us for pancakes and visit with Santa

Scarecrow Making Night

We had lots of creative families join us for Scarecrow Making Night



Down syndrome Awareness License Plate

State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township) recently introduced legislation that would create a Down syndrome awareness license plate with proceeds supporting advocacy efforts for individuals living with Down syndrome and their families.


Down syndrome occurs in one out of every 792 births. More than 250,000 people nationwide are living with Down syndrome. Advances in research and rehabilitative services allow many individuals living with Down syndrome to lead successful and fulfilling lives, contributing much to their families and communities. However, continued support and understanding is crucial in combating misconceptions about the condition.



Family Night

The Harold Lewis Center Parent Advisory Council (PAC) would like to invite our families to enjoy a Family Night with the Ohio Wildlife Center.

HLC Closed Friday November 11th

Reminder...Harold Lewis will be closed Friday November 11th in observance of Veteran's Day.

There is no preschool on 11/11/16.

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