We help people with disabilities achieve their goals and ambitions so they can create the kind of lives they want to lead.
We value people and the choices they make for their lives.
We value the human spirit and the potential that lies within each person.
We value supports that help people live, learn, love and have a life of their choosing.
We value relationships that develop from common bonds and interests.
We value Self-Determination and its dream about life that goes beyond basic needs.
If you have a developmental disability and would like to know more, call us at 740-732-7144. If you are an adult, the first thing we will do is sit down and have a conversation with you. That's when we will discover what is important to you as well as what is important for you. We'll then take that information and together, with our provider partners, find the opportunities you are looking for in the community.
If you are the parent of an infant or toddler (birth up to the age of three), who has a developmental disability, contact the Noble County Help Me Grow office at 740-732-4958 to learn how early intervention supports can benefit your child.
The Noble County Board of Developmental Disabilities has earned a five-year accreditation award, the highest award bestowed by the state, for the quality supports it funds or provides to people with disabilities.
Following a comprehensive and rigorous review conducted in the fall of 2013 by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the team of surveyors from DODD determined that the Noble County Board achieved substantial compliance with minimum standards and met or exceeded standards in DODD’s areas of excellence, resulting in the five-year accreditation.
Only a few of the 88 county boards in Ohio achieve five-year accreditation status.
“We are pleased that what we do for people with disabilities has been recognized in this way,” said Stephen L. Williams, Superintendent of the Noble County Board of DD. “And we share this award with our provider partners, who are locating opportunities for people to achieve what they want out of life.”
The state reviewers identified leadership, strategic planning, strong collaboration and community options as key positives at the Noble County Board of DD.
The Noble County Board of DD funds and/or provides supports to more than 100 children and adults with developmental disabilities, like autism, Down syndrome and other physical and intellectual disabilities.
There are people who contribute to the world around them each and every day and it’s good to stop and recognize this every once in awhile. That’s what Developmental Disabilities Awareness activities are designed to do - call attention to how people with disabilities are using their talents and abilities.
Ability@Work is the 2014 awareness theme and there are examples of ability at work all around us. From the man with Down syndrome, who is on the job helping to maximize his employer’s profits, to the woman with cerebral palsy, who volunteers at the local food bank, ability is at work in both places. It’s also at work in the youngster with autism who helps his Boy Scout troop collect canned goods for needy families and the teenage girl who uses a wheelchair and plays cymbals in the high school band. That’s Ability @ Work, too.
In addition, the circle of support is at work providing access to what people with disabilities want out of life. Everyone wants to be valued, included, and be given opportunities to use their talents in meaningful ways. Instead of a new job “program,” people want a job, clear and simple. Instead of “participating” in the community, they want to be in the fabric of the community – working, living, learning, and volunteering alongside everyone else.
As the year unfolds, you will be hearing aboutEmployment First,an initiative thatmakes competitive employment the preferred outcome for people with developmental disabilities.This is a national movement that gained momentum when Governor Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order in March 2012, making Ohio one of 26 states with an official Employment First policy or legislation.
With policy and partnerships now in place between schools, county boards of developmental disabilities, vocational rehabilitation agencies and others, we embark on a journey to discover each person’s interests and talents, especially young adults, and how they can use them to benefit potential employers. We are also engaging businesses and sharing information on how capable workers with disabilities are and the benefits of bringing them on board.
We believe that every person should have opportunities to use what they have to improve their lives and enrich the world around them. When people of all abilities come together, we learn to appreciate one another and this strengthens the communities in which we live.