LISBON — Raising awareness of the need to help and empower local people with developmental disabilities is “just part of serving our community,” said Tammie McIntosh.
McIntosh, publisher for The Morning Journal, The Review and the Salem News, accepted a recognition award from the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities on behalf of the Newspapers.
A hand-blown art vase award honors the willingness of the newspapers’ editorial leadership to devote valuable news space in their publications to informing readers about efforts and opportunities to serve more than 800 county resident clients with a wide range of disabilities.
“We tell the stories of local people. That’s what we do,” said McIntosh. “The stories of those in our communities strving to overcome disabilities are truly inspirational. We love relating them to our readers.”
Bill Devon, superintendent of the Columbiana County Board of Disabilities, said there have been tremendous changes in recent years in the way the disabled community is assisted by the board.
“Change can be difficult and sometimes frightening for our clients and their families,” said Devon. “Communicating the reasons for these changes, and the new doors of opportunity that are opening, help both our clients and the public to move forward.”