As a citizen of the city of Delaware and a former teacher of 37 years for Delaware City Schools, and most importantly, mother of a son with serious disabilities, I am in full support of Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

To the Editor:

As a citizen of the city of Delaware and a former teacher of 37 years for Delaware City Schools, and most importantly, mother of a son with serious disabilities, I am in full support of Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

As a former board member, I have known and have worked very closely with Bob Morgan and other members of his staff. I know firsthand of their dedication to those who have no voice and the time and energy that comes from their hearts to support and care for families without a voice and without hope. The DCBDD has been there for them and, hopefully, will continue to be there for years to come.

So this is an urgent plea that comes from a parent first, and second, as a former teacher who has witnessed up close and personal the support and quick actions given by DCBDD for families in need of their immediate help. It would be a travesty on the behalf of Delaware County and its citizens and those who have children with disabilities to see such an outstanding program kicked to the curb.

Our son, Nolan, has multiple disabilities. He is now 27 years old, and for 25 of those years, Bob Morgan and the DCBDD family (and I did say family) have been there for him in any capacity needed. Our son has thyroid problems and is autistic and non-verbal. When his bathtub cracked and leaked and needed repairing, I picked up the phone and sent an email to his caseworker. She immediately called, came to the house to inspect the problem, filled out the papers and, within days, DCBDD workers were at my home installing a shower that could hold an elephant's weight.

Delaware County needs to keep the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities working and intact; therefore, I give my support and encourage others in the community to do the same. Please join me and vote "yes" May 7 for Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Theodora I. Higgenbotham