The Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD) believes that meaningful work has significant and important benefits to all working age individuals, including persons with developmental disabilities. Employment clearly benefits individuals in terms of income and economic independence. In addition, given that employment is one of the primary vehicles for community participation in our society; increased employment has also led to greater opportunities for community integration and inclusion. This not only benefits individuals in terms of building relationships, friendships, and creating a sense of self-worth; but it has also benefited society in terms of creating greater understanding of the wide range of capabilities of individuals with developmental disabilities as co-workers, fellow community members, and peers.
The WCBDD further believes that all persons, including persons with developmental disabilities, have the right to the opportunity for competitive employment.
Services are provided to children and adults of all ages who have developmental disabilities and who qualify under standards established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Services are provided without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion or national origin to Washington County residents who are determined to have a developmental disability.
Definitions of Developmental Disabilities:
A developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability that is characterized by all of the following:
- Is attributable 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
- Is manifested before the person attains age 22
- Is likely to continue indefinitely
- Results in one of the following:
- a. In the case of a person under age three, at least one developmental delay
- b. In the case of a person at least age three, but under age six, at least two developmental delays
- c. 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 ones age: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, capacity for independent living, and, if the person is age 16 or older, capacity for economic self-sufficiency
- Causes the person to need a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary, or other type of care, treatment or provision of services for an extended period of time that is individually planned and coordinated for the person
The first step in securing services from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is to complete an application for services. An application can be submitted by telephone, electronic mail, facsimile or by visiting the nearest OOD office. Click on the link below to start your application today. After the application is completed, an interview will follow to help determine eligibility. While procedures to enroll in different programs vary, the Intake Office can provide step-by-step instructions.
Individuals may also contact Ohio Means Jobs (OMJ). This site is designed to help inidivudals look for jobs, and helps manage the job search (traks applications, stores documents, montly income calculater). Individuals may visit the website or contact OMJ through phone (1-888-296-7541).