DSP Ohio

DSPOhio is a unique, statewide DSP (Direct Support Professional) recruitment effort that combines targeted multi-media advertising to brand the term DSP with an on-line DSPOhio job-site that connects potential employees with developmental disability provider employers.  for more information, please follow this link .

Nominations for the John C. Vitullo Memorial Award

The John C. Vitullo Memorial Award was established in 1995 in recognition of Mr. Vitullo’s contributions to our program. The recipient for this award should reflect the type of person Mr. Vitullo exemplified: A contributor to our programs. Active in our community. Demonstrates support of family and friendship for others. The first recipient was Mr.…

Strategic Plan Feedback

The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities is currently seeking feedback on the Strategic Plan.  If you would like to provide comments, please e-mail Paul Iden at before Friday, December 8, 2017. You may also send comments to Paul Iden at 825 Bev Road, Boardman, Ohio 44512.  Please follow the link below to review the Strategic…

Ohio State University Nisonger Center Survey

Technology Use and Services A Survey for Families Dear Participant, You are being invited to complete a survey about remote services (also known as remote monitoring) even if you are not using it. Remote Services use electronic equipment to support and assist people with developmental disabilities in their home. This service is provided from an off-site…

Developmental disabilities board celebrates 50 years amid transition

Before the governor signed a bill creating county boards of developmental disabilities in 1967, parents of Mahoning County residents with developmental disabilities took to teaching classes in church basements.

The board now serves between 1,400 and 1,500 residents per year and operates a school and several workshops, but a recent federal ruling means the board must phase out its work as a service provider.

“We’re moving more toward being a coordinator and funder of service versus a provider of service,” said Bill Whitacre, MCBDD superintendent. “There may be a day when we provide hardly any direct services.”

Lecture – Financial Planning for Special Needs Families

Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Location: DSAV Center for Success Presenter:  Adam Coppock, Financial Advisor, Prudential Advisors, Columbiana Lecture is open to all parents, family members and caregivers of those with Down syndrome in our region. Due to space constraints, lectures are ADULT only. Please email by November 7 to reserve your spot.

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