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About Our Staff

Have you ever wondered how the staff who assist and support you or your family member every day become so great at what they do? Easy! We start with a group of skilled, committed and enthusiastic people and provide them additional training and support to help them achieve their objectives of providing the best services possible. Staff development activities are extensive and are provided by both internal and external subject matter experts.  

All new employees attend a weeklong instructional program, which enables them to become a part of “Team CCBDD.” This new employee orientation is designed to provide general background information. Orientation topics include CCBDD services, mission and organization; diversity awareness; overviews of mental retardation and other developmental disabilities; behavioral supports and policies; person-centered planning; body mechanics and wheelchair safety; communicating with children and adults who have disabilities; confidentiality; human sexuality and social skills and much more. A second week of orientation provides even more hands-on training for specific jobs.  

Credentials held by employees vary by position and are designed to ensure minimum qualifications as determined by various laws and rules. For example, teachers and assistants are certified by the Ohio Department of Education; many other CCBDD positions, including, but not limited to, early intervention specialists, support administrators, habilitation specialists and assistants, adult program specialists, employment specialists and their supervisors, managers and superintendent are all certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. These employees must complete initial course requirements to qualify for their certifications, and they must attend continuing education (in-services) to maintain them. Bus drivers hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and they, as well as bus monitors and other transportation providers, attend specific training designed to ensure the safety of children and adults transported on buses, vans and other vehicles. Psychologists, nurses and various therapists are all required to hold professional licenses in their respective disciplines. CCBDD supports employees in obtaining and maintaining these licenses and certificates by offering and co-sponsoring many of the initial course requirements, some of them at the college credit level, and providing continuing education activities/in-services. CCBDD encourages the professional growth of our employees. 

Of the dozens of in-services held throughout the year, many are for the specific purpose of ensuring health and safety of consumers (as well as employees). Examples of just a few of these are:

  • CPR and First Aid
  • Incidents that Adversely Affect Health and Safety (abuse and neglect issues–often referred to as MUI training)
  • Bloodborne Pathogens and Infection Control
  • Safety Practices, such as correct lifting techniques and transfers
  • Emergency Procedures, such as building and bus evacuations
  • Fire Suppression/Operation of Fire Extinguisher
  • Defensive Driving
  • Medication Administration & Other Health-Related Activities

In-services that provide employees with specialized instruction in teaching, supporting or coordinating services are many and include, just to name a few:

  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Essential Lifestyle Planning
  • Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention
  • Systematic Instructional Techniques
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders and Management
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Dual Diagnoses (mental health/developmental disabilities)
  • Using Computers with Consumers
  • Community Resources

Supervisors and managers also attend in-services, which enhance their management skills and contribute to the overall function of the organization.  

Though very diverse, all staff development activities exist for the same purpose–to help people be the best that they can be in order to fulfill CCBDD’s mission "to support and empower individuals with developmental disabilities to live, learn, work and play in the community .”

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Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1129
PHONE: (216)241-8230 - FAX: (216)861-0253