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Each year, approximately 300 additional children and adults with developmental disabilities begin receiving service and support from the Stark County Board of Developmental
Disabilities.
 
     
   


 
     
  VISION
Ensuring opportunities for living, learning, working and pursuing dreams that will be self-directed by individuals served and/or their circle of support.

MISSION STATEMENT
To be the support that connects individuals and families with the services they need.

ABOUT STARK DD
Read a complete history of Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities here.
  County Boards of DD are legal entities with legislative power to institute programs for persons with developmental disabilities residing in their county. They establish policies, rules and regulations to operate programs in compliance with government standards. Prior to 1967, individuals with mental retardation in Ohio were served through county welfare departments. In the summer of 1967, the legislature passed a law establishing a Board of Developmental Disabilities in every county in Ohio. These Boards assumed responsibility for providing schools, workshops, training centers and other services for children and adults with mental retardation. The Board is responsible to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, or DODD. As designated by law, the Board is subject to the department's rules and regulations. The Board must also adhere to the policies of such agencies as the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and the State Highway Patrol. The County Auditor serves as its fiscal agent. Individual Board members are responsible to serve without pay in the best interest of the general public.

Stark DD is able to provide services to nearly 3,000 Stark County residents with mild, moderate, severe, or profound mental retardation or other developmental disabilities at no cost to participants, their families or caregivers with support from tax levies approved by the Stark County voters along with state and federal funds support the services.