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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...

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Board meeting agenda
The September 2014 board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. at the Donzella Administration Building, 1275 Lakeside E., Cleveland. Read meeting agenda.

Tim Harris to speak at October Hall of Fame Event
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Restaurant owner Tim Harris will share his thoughts on pursuing a dream and fulfilling it at the third Cuyahoga County Board of DD Hall of Fame luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the DoubleTree Cleveland at E. 12th and Lakeside downtown. Read more about Tim and his restaurant.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame this year are 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 Vosmik.
RSVP here.

Board issues position paper on the issue of conflict of interest

At the August 27 meeting, our board unanimously approved a position paper on an issue currently brewing in Ohio: Can Boards of DD provide direct services like those we offer in our community employment and adult activities programs AND also provide support administration services? Read our board's position.

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 about it.

Be an informed voter!
Along with The Arc of Greater Cleveland, the PTCU Foundation and People First of Cuyahoga County, we're hosting a Candidates Night Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. at our Brooklyn Adult Activities Center. Come and bring a friend. Hear from candidates for countywide, state and federal offices. And remember, if you're not already registered to vote, you have until Oct. 6, 2014 to register in order to vote in the November election! You can find info about registering to vote, changing your voting address and lots of other good info about voting on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website or the Ohio Secretary of State's website.

Provider Fair set for October 11 at the Holiday Inn on Rockside Road
Don't miss this opportunity to meet dozens of providers who serve people who have developmental disabilities, learn more about what they offer and what specific expertise they have. There will be break-out sessions on several topics.

No, we're not joking: It's time for our annual winter card contest!
Gather your art supplies and start thinking winter. The deadline for entries is Oct. 15, 2014, so get those creative juices flowing.

Ohio SIBS Conference slated for November
The Board of DD offers 10 scholarships for the siblings of individuals enrolled with us to attend the annual Adult Sibling Conference in Columbus. The scholarships include roundtrip mileage, conference registration and one night at the conference hotel. In order to secure a scholarship, call (216) 736-2717 or email Lula Holt Robertson.

Cleveland Crops featured on WKYC-Channel 3

Take a few minutes to watch this story about Cleveland Crops, our urban farming venture, by Channel 3 reporter Monica Robbins. Founded in 2010 with the establishment of Stanard Farm in the St. Clair-Superior area just east of the downtown area, Cleveland Crops is a joint project between the Cuyahoga County Board of DD and SAW, Inc. It has quickly grown to include urban farming sites in Ohio City, Willard Park downtown, East 105th Street and East 107th Street, South Euclid, Seven Hills, Parma and Olmsted Township.

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.

Read Superintendent Kelly A. Petty's August newsletter.

September 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