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2018-19 Preschool Calendar Calendar

The 2018-19 Preschool Calendar for the Harold Lewis Center is now available.

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Dancing! With In Step Dance Center Dance Flyer

Students and Families of the Harold Lewis Center are invited to join In Step Dance Center for an evening of singing and dancing on Thursday, November 15!

FREE Parenting Workshop Parenting Workshop

Free Parenting Workshop hosted by Nationwide Children's Hospital. Thursday, November 15 - 6-8pm @ North Union Elementary School in Richwood.


Dealing with Disobedience: Get tips for parents, grandparents and other caregivers on how to get kids between the ages of 0-8 to listen and follow directions - and what to do when they don't. 

Help Wanted! Help Wanted

UCBDD is looking for community members willing to help with transportation and computer assistance needs. Click "Read More" for more information. 

Waivers, STABLE and Trusts! Oh My! Waivers Stable and Trusts Oh My
A Parent's Guide to Assistive Technology Devices and Services for Students Assistive Technology Flyer

With so many new technologies now available and the array of choices constantly growing, how do you determine which tool is the best match for your child’s unique needs? This session will provide an overview of a best-practice process that can be used to systematically and collaboratively guide an IEP team through Assistive Technology decision-making and implementation. Click "read more" for additional information and the link to register. 

National Workforce Crisis Awareness Day Save the Date

Join Bridge 2 Equality on September 27th at the Statehouse. Visit https://bridge2equality.com/ for more information. 

HLC Plan B

HLC is on Plan B Friday September 14 due to fog in the area.

HLC Ice Cream Social- Rescheduled Ice Cream

Due to the threat of inclement weather the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) rescheduled the Ice Cream Social for Tuesday September 11th 2018 from 6-7pm.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Please see attached flyer.

V.A.T. Awarded Transportation Contract

The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities is responsible for the transportation of preschoolers attending the Harold Lewis Center.  For the past ten years, the Board has contracted with First Student to provide busing for the Harold Lewis Center.  The current contract ends on June 30, 2018.  At the March Board meeting, the Board approved the recommendation of the Transportation Committee to award V.A.T. the contract to provide busing service from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2023.  Two bids were submitted that were virtually identical, meeting or exceeding all Board requirements with V.A.T.'s bid being significantly lower.  V.A.T. will officially start on July 1, 2018.  Parents and students can meet bus staff and tour the school bus on Meet the Teacher Day.  

2018-19 HLC Preschool Handbook & Calendar Now Available

Are you ready for a new school year to start?  The staff at the Harold Lewis Center are getting ready
for the 2018-19 school year.  You can now access the 2018-19 Preschool Handbook and Calendar on our website or you can click below.

2018-19 HLC Preschool Handbook

2018-19 HLC Preschool Calendar

Harold Lewis Center Closed Friday August 24, 2018

Due to an unforeseen transportation issue, there will be no school on Friday, August 24, 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause to our families. School will resume as scheduled on Tuesday morning.


The Marysville Public Library and Marysville Schools will again be offering free meals to youth (0-18 years old).  No income requirement is needed to participate.

Where:  Memorial Health Pavilion (corner of 6th & Main St., next to the library)

When:  June 4 -August 10, 12 noon - 12:30pm, except Wed., July 4th

Co-sponsored by the Ohio Department of Education and the USDA


2018-19 Preschool Forms Now Available!

With only a few weeks of preschool left, we are also preparing for the 2018-19 Preschool year.  If you have a child who will be attending the Harold Lewis Center Preschool we need your help to make sure we are ready for your student to attend.  All enrollment and emergency medical forms need to be filled out and turned in to the Harold Lewis Center by June 15 so we can set up the bus routes and classrooms.

To make this as easy as possible, you can fill out and submit these forms to us on our website, you can print them out from our website, fill them out, and/or drop off or mail them to us or you can fill out the forms which will be in the packet you will be receiving.  Please click here for the forms.

If you have any questions about these forms, please contact us at 937-645-6714.

We look forward to this new school year and helping your child be successful!  

What Is Fix The List?

People with developmental disabilities and their families have repeatedly told us Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification.  The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most.

To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, the organizations listed below have been collaborating for more than 15 months to modernize Ohio’s failed Medicaid Waiver waiting list. We believe replacing the current system will greatly improve the way Ohio’s waiting list for HCBS waivers operates.

Harold Lewis Center Receives Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award


The Harold Lewis Center, a program of the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities, was recently awarded a Five-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the State of Ohio.  This is the highest award given in recognition of a commitment to quality and an ongoing dedication to the learning and development of children.

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s rating system for learning and development programs. Participating programs can earn a one to five star rating. 

HLC Closings and Delays

Closings and Delays at the Harold Lewis Center

HLC Zoo Field Trip

HLC Preschool is going to the zoo!

Coping When Life Happens Workshop

coping when life happens workshop flyer




March 3 - April 15, 2018, providers of day program and employment supports across Ohio -- including 20 in the Southwest Ohio region -- will be opening their doors, both in real time and online, in order to talk about how they are transforming the way they support people from a facility-based focus toward a community-based one.   


Transformation-at-a-Glance is a great opportunity for providers, county board staff, families, individuals, and other stakeholders, to network, ask questions, and discover great ideas on how to improve both services and lives.


Each presenting provider will talk about how they are making change happen around 5 key areas that matter:  Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Service Innovation.  They will be offering up real-world ideas and solutions.  




Here's the link to profiles, dates and times, as well as a link to RSVP, for all the Transformation-at-a-Glances happening across the state:

The "Turtle Lady" is coming to the Harold Lewis Center

Please join us Tuesday April 24th at 6pm at the Harold Lewis Center for a visit front the Turtle Lady.  Get hands on with her turtles and other reptiles.

Guardianship Seminar Cancelled

The Guardianship Seminar scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 has been cancelled due to unforeseen events.

HLC Plan B

The Harold Lewis Center is on Plan B Wednesday April 4 due to road conditions in the southwest part of the county. 

AM Class 10:00-12:00 
PM Class 1:30-3:30
All Day Class 10:00-2:30

Mobility Go Kart Program Gets New Space

WEST LIBERTY — The family drove up the icy, winding road to get to the top of the hill, where, for them and so many others, magic awaits.

On this sprawling and picture-perfect 42 acres in rural Logan County, Rocky Grimes is expanding his nonprofit organization that develops, modifies and specially outfits bicycles, go-karts and the like to help people of varying abilities overcome their challenges and meet both physical and quality-of-life goals.

Grimes has never had a permanent space where he could build, repair and store the go-karts and equipment for his clients — until now.

We Are Hiring

We are Hiring for the following positions:

Service Consultant

Preschool Instructor

Preschool Instructor Aide

Speech Therapist EI

Preschool Operations Coordinator

Check out the Employment tab for more Details



"Mister Pickles" Musical Magical Fun

Please join us on March 13th 2018 at 6pm at the Harold Lewis Center to enjoy "Mister Pickles" as he performs his "Jarful of Fun" variety show.

Technology rocks - Bluetooth helps a person be more independent

Nick Bowsher, Employment Specialist at the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities, offers a new way to use mainstream technology to help someone be more independent in their job.

Click on read more to watch the YouTube.


UCBDD Hires Special Olympics & Community Integration Coordinator

The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently hired Logan Plumb to fill the open position of Special Olympics & Community Integration Coordinator.

staff picture Logan Plumb

Congratulations Union County Cougars!

The Union County Special Olympics Cougars basketball team beat Westerville this week 42-17.  

Come cheer on the team, check out the game schedule below.

2017-18 Union County Cougars Basketball Game Schedule

WorkNet Transition

Throughout 2017, we worked to complete our federally-mandated transition out of providing direct services through our community employment division called WorkNet.  We have invited new employment service providers to Union County so individuals have many service provider choices in order to choose a provider that best meets their needs.  We have helped dozens of individuals meet new service providers that they trust and we have passed the torch of being a leader in Ohio for employing individuals in the community to our service provider partners.  Together, with our provider partners, we will collaborate and strive to support individuals in Union County with a developmental disability and will continue to be a leader, supporting individuals to work in their community.


The WorkNet staff will continue to support each individual’s employment journey by working with providers to coordinate jobs with people seeking employment and being an employment resource.  However, WorkNet will no longer exist as a separate program.  In the near future, information typically found through WorkNet, including employment resources and staff contact information, will be available through the Support Services division.


Contact community employment staff through the Support Services Staff Directory or by clicking the link below

Community employment staff

2017-18 Basketball Game Schedule

Click on the link below for the 2017-18 Cougar Basketball Game Schedule

Basketball Game Schedule

UCBDD will Host a Special Olympics Sports Banquet

UCBDD will be hosting a Special Olympics Sports Banquet for all of its 2017 Athletes and Volunteers. 


special olympics sports banquet flyer

HLC Closed

Harold Lewis Center Closed 

HLC Plan B

Harold Lewis Center is on Plan B due to snow covered road in the county. 


AM Class 10-12 (bus pick up is 1 hour and 45 minutes later, drop off is1 hour later than usual)


PM Class 1:30-3:30 (bus pick up is 1 hour later, drop off is 15 minutes later than usual)


All Day Class 10-2:30 (bus pick up is 1 hour 45 minutes later, drop off is regular time)

Playgroup Cancelled

Playgroup at Integrity Gymnastics cancelled Tuesday 1/16/18 due to weather. 

Update: HLC Closed

Update: Harold Lewis Center will be CLOSED Tuesday January 16, 2018 due to snow and ice. Be safe. 

Katie's Pancakes and Santa Claus

Our Harold Lewis Center families enjoyed an evening of catching pancakes and visiting with Santa Claus

pancake fun visit with Santa

"Find the Joy" with Erica Carlson

Families of the Harold Lewis Center enjoyed an evening of magic with Erica Carlson

the magic wand magic egg the rain and the sun

HLC Plan B

HLC is on Plan B 12/14/2017 due to icy roads in the county.

AM Class is 10:00-12:00

PM Class is 1:30-3:30

All Day Class is 10:00-2:30 

Katie's Pancakes and Santa Claus

The Harold Lewis Center would like to invite their families to enjoy a night of pancakes and visit with Santa

visit with Santa

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