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Our History

1950's - State institutions were the only option in Ohio for citizens with disabilities.
             School districts established the E-1 exclusion for individuals they considered not educable.

1957 - The first meeting of parents for what was to become Ottawa County Board of MRDD occurred.

1960 - The Association for Retarded Citizens opened a day program with 13 children participating (American Legion Hall).

1964 - The Ottawa County Commissioners granted use of a small building on County Home grounds for a day program and 1/10 mil levy passed to support it.

1967 - The Ohio Senate passed SB 169 creating County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
          ;The Ottawa County Board of MR/DD was created

1971- Riverview School was built.

1973 - Due to the growth of the adult population Riverview Industries was incorporated to provide work options for adults with MRDD.

1976 - Due to de-institutionalization a new mission was forth coming. Ottawa County Residential Services was incorporated to provide housing options for people served            by the Ottawa County Board of MRDD.

1982 - Riverview Industries Building was built through a HUD grant at no cost to Ottawa County citizens. This allowed the Board to serve the increasing number of adults            in Ottawa County. Group Home in Port Clinton opened.

1985 - Group Home in Genoa opened. The State Department of MR/DD transferred all funding for school programs back to the State Department of Education.

1990 - The mission state-wide was changing to supporting individuals in the community by providing supports 24hrs a day 365 days a year. Additionally, many of the            school age children at Riverview School were now choosing to stay in their home school. This precipitated the transfer of three classroom units and the handicap            pre-school to the ESC (Educational Service Center). All children with disabilities ages 3-22 are now served in their home school districts.

1992 - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed, promoting both inclusion and self-determination.

1998 - Riverview Industries became a private entity serving adults with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

2001 - The 124th General Assembly passed House Bill 94 providing a foundation for many individuals to access community waivers with local match dollars drawing            down millions of federal dollars. This allowed many adults with disabilities to move into community settings.

2003 - 2004 - Funding for residential services across the state is in crisis. This causes the continual closing and redefinition of state institutions and group homes. It            moves the responsibility for the health and safety and Medicaid match dollars to support individuals with disabilities living in community settings to the County            Board of MR/DD.

2009 - Senate Bill 79 passed unanimously due to the efforts of self-advocates in southeast Ohio. This bill takes the words mental retardation out of the legal names of            county boards, officially creating County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.The Ottawa County Board of DD's name changed at their September 21st meeting.            Ottawa County Board of DD services remain the same with a new name.



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