2018 Developmental Disability Awareness Festival

Developmental Disability Awareness Month is once again coming up in March, and we are very excited to share this year’s theme – Celebrate CommUNITY! In honor of this month, the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting its annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Festival on March 20th, at the Athens Community Center from 6 p.m….read more

June is Home Safety Month

During June, the Home Safety Council (HSC) is working to educate and motive individuals and families to take actions to increase the safety of their homes and living space. The leading cause of home injury is falls. Individuals who are elderly or who have a disability are at higher risk for falls. Take a moment…read more


Beacon School athletes practiced for weeks in preparation for the Area 8 Special Olympics Track Meet held on April 29. The weather was cold but the competition was hot as our athletes brought many ribbons back to school! Thank you to Nelsonville-York High School for hosting this year’s meet and to the many volunteers that…read more

May’s Fruit/Veggie of the Month: Potatoes

Potatoes have been an essential part of the American diets for over 300 years! Potatoes have continued to be a popular vegetable because of their delicious taste and impressive nutritional content. They are low in calories, free of fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are also a rich source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Potatoes…read more

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association declares May to be Better Hearing and Speech Month, which focuses on helping people communicate. This month provides the opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and promotes treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. Hearing loss, language disorders, or…read more

Featuring Beacon School

Last month five classes from Beacon School took a step back in time with a visit to Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day as we walked from cabin to cabin learning about life in Athens County in the 1850’s. Characters in period…read more


Joyce will be retiring March 31, 2011 after 26 years with the ACBDD. She was hired in 1984 as a Job Coach with Atco, then became Training Coordinator and held that position for 18 years. In 1998 Joyce was hired as the Studio Coordinator at Passion Works, which has flourished under her direction. Thank you…read more