Writer critical of proposed closure of MDC

To the editor,

What happened to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? What happened to the government of the people, by the people and for the people? What happened to the voice of local government? What happened to taxation with representation? What happened to the words of Jesus to care for “the least of these?”

I can tell you what happened to all of these in our disabled son’s life who suffers from autism and is 34 years old: They were violated by the State Department of Developmental Disabilities and Director John Martin and Governor Kasich.

Our son Tommy Doub grew up in our home for 23 years and at 23 graduated high school in special education. At age 24 he moved into the Montgomery Developmental Center in Huber Heights, Ohio.

Over Tommy’s eleven year stay at Montgomery Developmental Center, a wonderful plan and treatment program for his autism has been developed.

Two of the features of Tommy’s autism are that he has no fear of real danger and he has very little speech. Tommy is very physically agile and he can wander out of his house without supervision. When this began to happen at his home at Montgomery Developmental Center, an electronic Wanderguard System was bought and implemented along with a walky talky system for the whole campus. Team meetings were also implemented to evaluate Tommy’s progress.

Now at Montgomery Developmental Center Tommy is safe. He loves where he lives at MDC, attends a daily work center and is even being tested for community employment.

On February 14, 2015 Tommy’s safety for the future was threatened by the State Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) in Columbus, Ohio, when director John Martin with the blessing of Governor Kasich announced that Montgomery and Youngstown Developmental Centers would be closing by June 2017.

Now, thanks to Ohio – DODD, Director John Martin, and Governor Kasich, Tommy’s future life and safety is being threatened. His liberty will be threatened if he becomes maimed from being run over by a vehicle. The happiness he has had living at Montgomery Developmental Center and even the possibility of community employment will be taken away.

Jack Doub