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.
By Stephen L. Williams
BHN Alliance Superintendent
LeBron James is arguably the most talented basketball player in the world and his decision to return to Ohio to play in Cleveland is a big deal. The expectation is that a return of “King James” brings the potential for the Cavaliers to win a National Basketball championship. We shall see.
There were people around the young LeBron– his circle of support made up of family, friends, coaches, and the community –who recognized his potential and supported his efforts to become the best that he could be. Potential is a funny thing. It doesn’t take you anywhere. It is simply a possibility until it is developed into something else. Then it can become almost anything, like a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
In many ways, developing potential is what is happening in Ohio through Employment First. This initiative is about recognizing the talents within every person with a disability; putting Supports in place that develop their skills; discovering opportunities in the community, and expecting success.
In July, President Obama signed a new federal bill into law. In it, young people with disabilities can no longer go directly into a sheltered workshop from high school. Instead, they must be given what they need to develop their interests and abilities and then assisted in trying a job in the community. This is exciting for some parents and guardians and uncomfortable for others, whose loved ones have been in sheltered work settings for years. It can be difficult to see how Employment First will work for them. We understand. It is important to remember that this is a process. The day service providers you have come to know and trust are thoughtfully developing plans to provide community options.
The law also requires that county boards, public schools, vocational rehabilitation providers and others work together to identify potential and grow talents. The Belmont, Harrison and Noble county boards have been identifying potential and developing abilities for some time now. Since 2010 we have helped young people with disabilities, ages 14 to 25, explore careers and sample jobs while still in school through our Bridges to Transition initiative. We have seen remarkable success as these young adults are now on the job making real wages in the community.
As we move forward, the BHN Alliance and its provider partners will be the “shoulders” upon which people with disabilities can stand as they develop their skills and are given opportunities to work, learn, live and contribute in the community. We believe this is the right thing to do, because we see MVP potential in every person we support.
Just like LeBron.
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.