Scott Osterfeld, community connections coordinator for the BCBDD, said Trumbull, as part of his coursework, was required to choose a non-profit organization to do a service learning project.
“Josh chose the BCBDD as his organization and is planning a gathering that brings together individuals with disabilities and those without disabilities to enjoy activities, music, and dinner,” Osterfeld said. “These gatherings are sometimes referred to as a ‘party with a purpose’ and the purpose is to bring people together that might otherwise not get the opportunity to meet and develop friendships.”
Bri Combs of the BCBDD said Trumbull’s idea will allow people from all walks of life — whether they live with a disability or not — to connect in ways they never thought possible.
“Sometimes even words are not enough to express how we feel, and for people with developmental disabilities who may already struggle with verbal communication, music can provide an alternative form of expression,” Combs said. “No matter our abilities, we all love, we all feel, we all want, we all need, and we might just be able to understand that a little better through the common language of music.”
Trumbull is a musician and wants to utilize music, fun and informal activities to bring down stereotypes and connect people.
Students like Trumbull and Miami University’s Office of Community Engagement assist the BCBDD in meeting a variety of needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
Recently, several students have won scholarships and awards for their service learning projects with the BCBDD.