Dec 7, 2017

50 years, 50 HCDDS facts

This month we kicked off our campaign honoring the past 50 years of County Boards of DD history. We searched our archives to come up with 50 facts celebrating the history of Hamilton County DD Services.

Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #50HCDDSfacts, or check back here, where we’ll post new sets of facts every week through the end of 2017. Please note, these are not in chronological order.

A photo collage of members of the first HCDDS Board. Clockwise from top left: Rev. Edward Connelly, E. Roger Jackson, Stuart Warshauer and Eugene L. Geier. Not pictured are Robert W. Franks, Dr. John W. Schreve, and Mrs. William E. White. 1967: County Boards of DD established in Ohio and our first Board is appointed. Clockwise from top left: Rev. Edward Connelly, E. Roger Jackson, Stuart Warshauer and Eugene L. Geier. Not pictured are Robert W. Franks, Dr. John W. Schreve, and Mrs. William E. White.

1968: Our Board contracts with the Hamilton County Council for Retarded Children for four preschool classes and two workshops for adults. The HCCRC was founded in 1947 and started the first educational programs for children with DD in our region. It was later known as The ARC of Hamilton County. Read the original preschool proposal or the workshop proposal.

1965: School-age classes were transferred to Dyer School, which was operated by the Welfare Dept. at the time. Dyer School was one of the first places to offer physical education, speech & hearing therapy, and nursing services for children with developmental disabilities. For the first time, students participated in a wide range of school activities including sports, chorus and prom.

1971: The Hamilton County Board of MR takes over operation of the school-age program from the county Welfare Department.

1975: Pres. Ford signs the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, which required states & localities to educate all children with disabilities and introduced the Individualized Education Program (IEP) concept. The following year the Ohio Department of Education held public hearings across the state to get input from citizens. In 1990, it was reauthorized and renamed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and later included transition planning services. Learn more here.

1971: Margaret B. Rost is named our agency's first Superintendent.

1968: Our Board contracts with Resident Home (now Envision) and United Cerebral Palsy (which merged with Stepping Stones).

1971: The Board begins hiring its first employees. Today, Hamilton County DD Services employs about 350 people.

1974: Voters approve our first levy, which was endorsed by the Enquirer. Its passage helped build new schools, adult workshops and provide community services. Read the endorsement.

A woman shows a toddler a disc to demonstrate how it fits in the correct slot.1976: Our agency begins the Early Intervention program, which provides services and supports for babies and toddlers 
1976: Breyer School opens in New Burlington. It operated for 30 years before merging with Rost and Fairfax schools. 

1973: Hamilton County DD Services creates the Adult Services division, which included work centers, supported employment and activity programs.

1979: Beckman Adult Center opens in Colerain Township. Beckman added a second evening work shift when Orient, the state institution for people with DD, closed

1979: Jackson Adult Center opens in Madisonville. It's named for E. Roger Jackson, one of our first Board members

1981: Franks Adult Center opens in Green Township

1975: Our Board begins its residential division. The same year, we contracted with LADD.

1980: An Ohio Senate bill adds developmental disabilities to County Boards' official names and mandated that at least three board members must have a family member eligible for board services.

1983: Tom Kidd named our second Superintendent. Before his appointment, he was adult services director and deputy superintendent.

1984: Orient, the state institution for people with developmental disabilities, closes, with about 175 people in Hamilton County returning to their communities and families. Read more from The Enquirer.

1988: Evendale Adult Center opens. It was renamed Kidd Center, after former Superintendent Tom Kidd, in 2003. 

1985: Northside Adult Center opens on Dane Avenue. It closed in 1998 because of more community-based employment opportunities for people with DD

1985: Our board contracts with Goodwill -- still one of our valued community partners!

1986: Ohio requires case management services be provided by County Boards of DD. In 1991, we take over case management operations from a regional office.

2015: Our Board votes to consolidate Jackson Adult Center with Beckman, Franks and Kidd adult centers. The Jackson building was transformed into office space for our service & support administration (SSA) teams and funding specialists. It opened in spring 2017.

1981: Bobbie B. Fairfax School opens in Madisonville. It's named after the first teacher who taught one of two classes for children with DD in 1948.

1981: Margaret B. Rost School opens in Green Township. It's named for our agency's first Superintendent.

1998: New agency logo adopted. We adopted our current logo in 2013.

A person learning how to ski on a snow-coverd hill. 1986: Our Board contracts with Cincinnati Recreation Commission for therapeutic recreation.

2001: Cheryl Phipps is named our agency's third Superintendent

2000: Ohio passes the Bill of Rights for people with Developmental Disabilities. Read the statute.

1990: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act. Celebrations for the 20th and 25th anniversary were held on Fountain Square. See how it shaped the future.

1996: Pilot program for self-determination begins with 15 people with DD to implement more choice and control of their lives and services. Read about the first decade of the program here.   

1998: Leaders in Action is founded with four members. In 10 years, the advocacy group of people with DD grows to more than 100 members and earned awards around the state. Learn about its history.

1995: Family and Children First Initiative begins, which enhances well-being by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families

1999: Partnering with the Housing Network of Hamilton County & the Catholic Federation, the first accessible home is built in Silverton. It was designed specifically for people with disabilities. The third accessible home, built through the same partnership, earns an award at Citirama in 2001. Read about each home in these articles

2007: Home Think Tank is founded as a collaboration of partners dedicated to creating safe, accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities.

2003: A transition team is formed to help high school students transition to adulthood and learn work skills

2005: Preschool class for children with DD are transferred to Hamilton County ESC and Cincinnati Public Schools. They began in 1947 with the Hamilton County CRC and our Board assumed operation of preschool classes in 1972

2007: Quality Assurance department created to assist with advocacy, training and continuous improvement. This work continues in our Office of Planning, Innovation and Quality.

2011: Alice Pavey named Superintendent of Hamilton County DD Services and still leads our agency

1999: The Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, which ruled that segregation constitutes discrimination under the ADA. This decision affected the future of service delivery for County Boards of DD

2003: Our agency receives a three-year accreditation from CARF. We are also the first County Board in Ohio to receive a five-year accreditation from DODD. Read about those accomplishments

2007: Northstar Advantage group formed. It's a collaboration between our agency and providers to promote positive behavior supports

2012: Ohio begins an Employment First Initiative, which gives people with developmental disabilities tools and resources to explore community employment options

2014: We adopt our current mission and vision, and our agency undergoes a significant restructuring. Learn about it here.

2007: Our Support Center moves to East Walnut Hills, near DeSales Corner

2009: We officially remove MR from our agency name

2016: Gov. John Kasich signs a bill officially removing the R-word from state references. He also signed a bill expanding early intervention and providing more support for people with developmental disabilities. Read more here.

2017: Active Day, a private service provider, assumes operation of our three remaining adult centers - Beckman, Franks and Kidd. Read the announcement here.

1987: President Ronald Reagan declares March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Each year we celebrate with our neighboring County Boards of DD in Butler, Clermont, Greene, Montgomery and Warren counties.

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