Welcome to the Board of Developmental Disabilities Website!
Each year, the Board of DD provides services and supports to more than 13,000 boys and girls and men and women in Cuyahoga County. The community knows us best for our early childhood services, adult activities centers, entrepreneurial employment ventures and group homes, but we’re much more than that.
Our full range of services includes everything from in-home early intervention programs for very young children and their families to leisure programs for seniors. Much of what we do goes beyond the walls of our own centers and homes and takes place in the community, where we encourage individuals with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play. more...
Ability @ Work is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month theme
Scrolling across the top of this page are the three billboard designs you'll see during this month at 20 locations throughout Cuyahoga County.
Gina Montellanico (at the cash register where she works at Pulleys Cafe in Porter Library in Westlake) graduated from Strongsville High Schol in 2010. She participates in Special Olympics bowling, basketball and golf. Gina loves music, dancing, spending time with her family, hanging out with her friends and going to movies. She enjoys cooking and watching her favorite TV show, Duck Dynasty.
Katie Hicks (using a ramp to bowl), a graduate of our Parma Developmental Center, currently attends our Southwest Adult Activities Center, where she takes part in Jazzercise, tai chi, music therapy, stretching, art therapy, yoga and Zumba. She enjoys art, puzzles, shopping and anything Michael Jackson. She is a social butterfly and a hard worker, who seeks independence, always smiles and inspires everyone she meets.
Curtis Lewis (working on a mosaic glass piece) lives at home with his mother in Cleveland. While at our East Cleveland Adult Activities Center, he works in the prime product section of vocational services, and he enjoys drawing his own characters, tracing pictures out of books, coloring and writing. In his free time, he listens to music, plays games and plays with his pets, and he is a very good bowler.
Employment for People with Developmental Disabilities
Join us for a free special event co-sponsored by Homewatch Caregivers, the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities at the Mayfield Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. This event will feature a Skype session with Tim Harris, owner of Tim's Place, a cafe in New Mexico. Learn more about Tim's Place here or meet Tim here.
Board elects new officers
At the annual January organizational meeting, board members elected officers for the coming year. Ara A. Bagdasarian was elected president of the seven-member board, after serving two years as vice president. A Solon resident, he is the executive vice president of TravelCenters of America. He has two children who have Fragile X syndrome.
The new vice president is Steven M. Licciardi. A resident of Westlake who has a brother enrolled at our Rocky River Adult Activities Center, he is serving his first term on the board. He is an associate vice president, senior portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
The new recording secretary is Tania J. Younkin, who is also in her first term on the board. She has a daughter who receives services from United Cerebral Palsy of Cleveland. The Cleveland Heights resident is the quality manager for Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.
For Dr. Maggie Jackson, who had served the maximum of three terms on the board, including two years as president, the meeting was her last. Her retirement leaves the board with only six of its seven slots filled. The empty slot awaits an appointment from Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald with approval by Cuyahoga County Council.
The board also established its meeting schedule for the coming year. The regular meeting date will be the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Michael A. Donzella Administration Building. Board meetings are open to the public.
Do you have a laptop you no longer use?
Volunteers in our CHIP program would love to have your old one to refurbish and give to a child or adult who has a developmental disability. Sharing your older model laptop or tablet also year means you'll have a charitable donation for your 2014 tax return! To make a donation, call (216) 360-2062.
March 2014 calendar
For those who prefer an electronic version of the monthly calendar sent home with all individuals enrolled at our sites