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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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October board meeting
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.

Ebola once seemed so far away
As Cleveland becomes part of the Ebola story, we want you to know what our infection control efforts are. We are sending this brief document home with all the individuals served at our sites on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. We will monitor developments and modify our protocols and procedures if conditions warrant that.
For more information about Ebola, here's a good summary from The Plain Dealer. Also the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Cleveland Department of Public Health have information about Ebola. (Type Ebola into the search bars.) The Ohio Department of Health has established a 24-hour Ebola call center at 1 (866) 800-1404.

Restaurateur tells how he fulfilled his dream
photo of a young man
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.

Planning now and long-term
Homewatch Caregivers, the Community Fund Management Foundation, the Cuyahoga County Board of DD, Ohio SIBS, Hickman-Lowder Attorneys at Law, the Up Side of Downs, LEAP and Milestones Autism Resources are sponsoring a Community Reinvestment Event–Planning now and into the long-term future Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Skylight Financial Group, 2012 West 25th St., Suite 900 in Cleveland. Read more about registration and the topics to be covered.

Be an informed voter!
You can find good info about voting on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website, the Ohio Secretary of State's website or the League of Women Voters website.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State, 722,498 voters have requested absentee ballots. If you plan to vote by mail, be sure to review all instructions before sending in your ballot.
Remember when preparing your ballot:

  • Do not remove the numbered stub from the ballot;
  • Place your completed ballot into the ID envelope, making sure it is sealed;
  • Complete and sign the Statement of Voter on the outside of the ID envelope;
  • Be sure to include your date of birth, your name and voter registration address (if your ID envelope is not pre-printed), your driver's license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR a copy of a government-issued ID;
  • Check the "General Election" box and write in the year 2014.

Town hall meeting with Kelly Petty Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.
Join us at our Big Creek Center for a conversation with Superintendent/CEO Kelly Petty about our 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, the state and federal initiatives affecting us, community inclusion, Employment First and other issues that may shape the future of the Board of DD and the people with developmental disabilities we support and serve. Get more information.

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.

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

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.

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.
Photo of an older man peeking out of a gift box

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

Read Superintendent Kelly A. Petty's August newsletter.

October 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