Recreational Experience
in the Community (REC)

The REC program serves individuals eligible for services through the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  The REC Team strives to plan many different types of activities to fit a wide variety of interests, needs and budgets.  Our focus is to provide enjoyable activities for individuals who want to integrate themselves in the community while making friends, being more active, and having fun!

Some activities that the REC Team has done in the past include attending sporting events, factory tours, museums, amusement parks, zoos, theater productions, holiday parties, game nights and many more fun community outings.

We schedule activities at various times (day, evening & weekends) to accommodate all types of schedules that include small and large groups. Transportation is provided for some of our events and costs vary based on the activity.

Who we are.

Special Olympics

Several of our individuals also participate in a number of Special Olympic sports including basketball, bowling, track and softball.

Athletes Oath

Let me win
But if I cannot win
Let me be brave in the attempt


“The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes in the community.”

Special Olympics Offered in Ottawa County

Track & Field

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”

- Alice Walker

Community Connections

Relationships and circles of support are very important, and vital to everyone.  Community Connections is geared towards fostering relationships between persons served and the community. Rather than being just in the community, relationships built will allow people to be part of the community.  Our Community Connections Team, helps provide opportunities for people to become a valued part of their community.



The self-advocacy movement is largely about people with disabilities speaking up for themselves. A person with a developmental disability may call upon the support of others, but the individual is entitled to be in control of and direct his or her own resources.

OSDA (Ohio Self Determination Association)

Promoting freedom for people to plain their own lives and pursue things that are important to them.

SASSY (Self-Advocates Sayin’ Something YEAH!)

Teaches and encourages people to advocate for themselves. The SASSY group meets to discuss issues and solutions. Occasionally, speakers are invited to present on topics such as: safety, available services, and problem solving skills. SASSY members also do community “give back” such as food drives, making cards for the troops, and helping with fundraisers that benefit others. SASSY typically meets once a month.

Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility)

Project STIR is a training program for self-advocates designed to provide people with the tools needed to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy, and gain leadership experience. Project STIR covers topics such as: knowing yourself, assertive communication, problem solving and negotiating, rights and responsibilities and more!