About us

Welcome to the Ottawa County Board
of Developmental Disabilities

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities operates a county agency providing direct or contracted services on a daily basis. The Board provides support services to children and adults of all ages, who have developmental disabilities.

WHo We are

Our Purpose & Commitment

The Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides Early Intervention, Service and Support Services  for children ages three and older through adulthood, as well as our REC (Recreational Experiences in the Community) program.   Through service contracts, OCBDD provides workshop; private day habilitation agencies and in a variety of other settings where support is needed; as well as Residential Services, which assist individuals to live as independently as they can, in their own home. Similar to public schools, most services are provided at no cost and are supported by local, state and federal funds. Services are provided to residents of Ottawa County who meet the eligibility requirements.

Our Mission

The mission of the Ottawa County board of Developmental Disabilities is to inspire, empower, and support people and families to plan for, and achieve, their desired future.

Our Vision

We see a community where all people are respected, valued, included, and live fulfilled lives.


Our Values

Respect -- Integrity
Community Inclusion -- Self-advocacy
Relationships -- Accountability
Continuous improvement

About

Our Board Members

The Board is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Ottawa County Commissioners or the Probate Judge.

The law requires that at least three of the Board members are family members of individuals who either receive, or are eligible to receive, services from the Board. All Board members serve on a voluntary basis with no compensation for their services.

Shannon Hand

President

Lawrence R. Hattan

Vice President

Julie Wittman

Recording Secretary

Dave Blankenbeker

Member

Pam McKinley

Member

Amy Skolnik

Member

Andrew Wells

Member

Timeline

Our History

Take a look at where we started and how we have evolved to be the organization we are today. 

1950's
1957
1960
1964
1967
1971
1973
1976
1982
1985
1990
1992
1998
2001
2003-2004
2009

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at it”

- Stephen Hawking