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In the Community

People with developmental disabilities have advocated long and hard for the right to be included in their communities. Their voices have been heard. Their efforts have been recognized. New laws, policies and service definitions are creating a modern vision for the full and authentic inclusion of people with disabilities in society.


Community integration is giving a person with a developmental disability the opportunity to live the life he or she desires in the community. It includes the ability to develop friendships with people with and without disabilities, to have control over life choices and daily activities, and to explore options for where time is spent. It is not just merely living in the community; it is the pursuit of belonging in the community.


Community integration begins with person-centered planning- a variety of approaches that help a person identify what is meaningful in life. It involves asking questions that focus on a person’s strengths and desires and future possibilities. The common theme is that the person is the focus. Their hopes, dreams and goals are the priority.

NOW AVAILABLE! Integrated Community Supports Training Series
The Cuyahoga County Board of DD has created a training series to assist DD providers support people in achieving true community membership and attaining their desired life outcomes. The complete training series is available on CCBDD's YouTube Channel (CCBDD Integrated Community Supports Playlist). You can learn more about this training series and how to access CCBDD individualized training HERE.

The places you can go…

The Cuyahoga County Board of DD encourages all people to explore their community and experience the many benefits the community has to offer. We've created a Community Resource and Transportation Guide to help with this and to share different transportation options. Click on the image below to access the complete guide.

We also invite you to click on any of the images below to learn more about the places in our community- places to spend quality time, learn new skills, share in common interests, and meet people.
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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