This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities (DD) by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. To honor this milestone, the Champaign County Board of Developmental Disabilities is joining a statewide campaign – Always There – to recognize the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity, and history of partnership offered by county boards of DD to people with developmental disabilities and their families.
By sharing personal stories and historical items provided by the Champaign County Board of DD and other county boards, the campaign hopes to tell the collective story of people with developmental disabilities in Ohio and how the role of the county boards has evolved throughout the years.
“The 50th anniversary is an opportunity for us to reflect on how we have grown and adapted throughout the years to meet the changing needs of the people and families who rely on us for support,” said Laura Zureich, superintendent. “It’s also a time to look toward the future and how we can continue to best serve them and the broader community moving forward.”
The Champaign County Board of DD will recognize the 50th anniversary and the Always There campaign with posters, social media posts and events.
To learn how to contribute a story or historical item to the Always There History Project, visit https://alwaysthereforohio.org/submit/.