“Employment – A Road Well-Traveled”
is theme for Wood Lane Industries 50th celebration
Two events are planned for August 25th to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wood Lane Industries. The Industries was first incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 31, 1962 and originally known as the “Wood County Sheltered Workshop Association.” The Association was created to provide adults with disabilities with employment opportunities as they graduated from what eventually became Wood Lane School.
An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. and a dinner/recognition program will be held at 6 p.m. at the Wood County Fairgrounds Junior Fair Building (13800 West Poe Road in Bowling Green).
The open house will include displays from manufacturers/businesses and business entities supported by Wood Lane that includes supported employment, community employment, The Wood Lane Farm, Laser Cartridge Express, Business Supports Associates, Scanning Solutions, Refuse and Recycling, Confidential Document Destruction, and Wood Lane Industries.
Disability History Exhibit
Thanks to ACT (Advocating Change Together) of Minnesota, a twenty-two panel historical collage is on loan to Wood Lane and will be on display. ACT describes the collage and says it “shows 3,000 years of seldom-told world history. From antiquity to the present, the exhibit brings viewers through an illustrated timeline that shows society’s attitudes and how they affect the lives of people with disabilities.”
Our Community Is Better Together
Wood Lane’s history since 1955 will be on display and include:
·published booklets and other documents handed down through the years from families who organized the first parent group.
·news articles, photographs, and other documents written and kept on nearly every aspect of the program’s journey.
·Exhibits and resources about current services that include early intervention for infants and children, Wood Lane School and other educational options, community supports, transportation, residential options, and sports/recreation programs (which includes Special Olympics).
·Information on collaborative efforts with agencies and organizations in order to provide comprehensive services to over 850 children, youth, and adults in Wood County.
The dinner and recognition program will recognize individuals who receive services and their families, current and former staff, and community leaders and volunteers who have supported Wood Lane/Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This anniversary will also serve as the first annual recognition dinner and program to honor individuals and organizations who have given significant service and enhance the quality of life for individuals served through Wood Lane.
The open house is free and no reservations are needed. Reservations are required for the dinner and must be made by Friday by calling Lauren Kleine at (419) 352-5115. Tickets for the dinner are $25.
Liz Sheets, Public Relations Coordinator
Wood Lane/Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1921 East Gypsy Lane Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
"Our Community Is Better Together"