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Each year, the Board of DD provides services and supports to more than 12,000 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...

Latest News


Tickets on sale now for sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol

Great Lakes Theater again presents a special sensory-friendly matinee performance of Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 at the Ohio Theatre on Playhouse Square. Tickets are $15. Last year's audience loved it. Get ticket information here.
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Plan for 2015 approved
At its October meeting, the board approved the 2015 Program & Expenditures Plan. The $201 budget is a 1.9 percent increase from 2014. Read the summary of the plan or the complete plan.

Dance along with the hip-hop style of "Havana Hop"Red silhouette of a girl with a long skirt
Playhouse Square's Children's Theater Series presents a sensory-friendly matinee performance of "Havana Hop" on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, at 11 a.m. Although this is a children's tale, it is appropriate for all ages. For tickets, call (216) 640-8865. Want more info?






Restaurateur tells how he fulfilled his dream
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Tim Harris inspired an audience of 300+ to pursue their dreams at this year's Cuyahoga County Board of DD Hall of Fame luncheon. Read more about Tim and his restaurant and see Fox 8's news segment about Tim.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame this year were Glenn E. Billington, Barbara J. Chapman, Judge John Donnelly, Gerda Freedheim, Richard S. Koblentz, Robert L. Larson, Stephen McPeake, Dr. Stephen L. Ruedrich and Deanna S. Vosmik.

Twins are dedicated CWRU football supporters
Donald and Ronald Cunningham have been a fixture on the campus of Case Western Reserve University since 1976 when they started volunteering as ball boys for the Spartans. They've touched the hearts of players and coaches with their devotion, and they'll touch yours too when you read the front-page story about them in The Plain Dealer.

Strategic plan for 2015-17 addresses key issues that affect our future 
Also at the August 27 meeting, our board unanimously approved the strategic plan that will direct our efforts during the next three years. A convergence of forces stemming from the Olmstead decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Ohio's Employment First initiative and new rules issued by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will have a profound effect on the future. Taking those forces into account, the plan focuses primarily on community integration and employment for adults. (We have already successfully integrated our services for children with the transition of all school-age children to their home districts and the shift of our early intervention services from a center-based to a home-based model.) We are confident that the future is bright for people with developmental disabilities. Read the plan.

Get to know our superintendent, Kelly Petty
Read Grant Segall's profile from The Sunday Plain Dealer.

Check out the latest edition of Insight
This award-winning publication is mailed to the homes of those receiving our services and supports. You can read it right here.

Here's our most recent annual report

November 2014 and December 2014 calendar
For those who prefer an electronic version of the monthly calendar sent home with all individuals enrolled at our sites

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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