This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities, including Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. In 1967 the Ohio state legislature approved Senate Bill 169, establishing county boards of DD across the state.
Our rich history of supporting people with DD stretches back even further than our official designation as a county board. Decades before county boards of DD existed in Ohio, parents in Hamilton County came together to create opportunities for their children and build networks of support for people with DD in our community. Their advocacy work and the organizations they developed formed the bedrock of Hamilton County DD Services and the county board system across the entire state of Ohio.
We’re kicking off our 50th anniversary by joining with county boards of DD across the state for a week of service July 17-21. Details on activities and ways to get involved will be shared soon. We’ll also be participating in other anniversary activities this year with the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB). You can learn more about OACB’s activities here and see their great history project here.
Throughout the rest of 2017, we’ll be celebrating our long history as we remember our past and look forward to our future. Check back regularly for photos, stories, events, and more. If you have stories, photos, or anything else you’d like to share from our history, let us know by sending an email to Ryan Braun, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the ways we support people have changed over our history, our commitment to supporting people with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County will always remain.