Mission, philosophy, eligibility, providers and partners
To ensure the availability of programs, services, and supports that assist eligible individuals with developmental disabilities in choosing and achieving a life of increasing capability so that they can live, work, and participate in the community, and to assist and support the families and friends of these individuals in achieving this objective.
Delaware County Developmental Disabilities believes in and is committed to the following principles:
Persons with disabilities have the same rights as other citizens, notably, the right to live and participate in the community. Educational, habilitative, vocational, recreational and residential services shall be available to enhance their ability and opportunities to make life choices.
Services and supports will be provided based upon the needs of the individual and in the least restrictive manner. Every effort will be made to use the same services available to the general community and to assist local services in adapting to meet specialized needs.
Programs of the Board will be developed, monitored and evaluated by means of a comprehensive planning process and nationally accepted standards of service delivery. The planning process will regularly assess individual and family service needs and satisfaction as well as general public opinion. Administration will propose and the Board will adopt a plan to improve and modify services. Progress on the Board's plan shall be reviewed periodically and reported annually.
To be eligible to receive services from the Delaware County Developmental Disabilities and individual must be a resident of Delaware County and must meet Ohio’s definition of developmental disabilities as defined in the Ohio Revised Code section 5123:2-1-02 (C).
Developmental Disability means a severe, chronic disability that is characterized by all of the following:
- It is attributed to a mental or physical impairment or a combination of mental and physical impairments, other than a mental or physical impairment solely caused by mental illness.
- It is manifested before the age of twenty-two.
- It is likely to continue indefinitely.
- It results in one of the following.
- In the case of a person under age three, at least on developmental delay or an established risk.
- In the case of a person at least age three but under six, at least two developmental delays or an established risk.
- In the case of a person age six or older. A substantial functional limitation in at least three of the following areas of major life activity , as appropriate for his age: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and, if the person is at least age sixteen, capacity for independent living.
- It causes the person to need a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or other type of care, treatment, or provision of services for extended periods of time that is individually planned and coordinated for the person.