BCBDD - Who We Are
The Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities funds the basic essential needs of people with disabilities, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, 365 days per year. We are funded by local, state and federal sources and most of the people we serve receive support from the Board throughout their entire lives.
What We Fund
Adult Services are provided to those ages 22 and older and include community/supported employment; vocational training; adult day activities; sheltered employment; and transportation.
The County Board works with organizations like Eastern Ohio Housing Development Corporation, Sunrise Acres Ranch, ResCare and Paramount Support Services to develop community living options for people with disabilities. The County Board provides residential supports through various funding sources that help people remain connected to family and friends.
The County Board Transportation Department travels 1600 miles per day taking people to school, work, medical appointments and other locations. Children ride familiar yellow school buses while adults are transported in light transit vehicles or cars. Specialized equipment ensures the highest level of safety in transport.
Services for children ages 0 through 2, who have a developmental disability or delay are provided through Early Intervention.
Children with developmental disabilities ages 3 to 5 and their typically developing peers are educated in the Integrated Preschool classroom at the School of Hope where classes are held four days per week.
SCHOOL OF HOPE
The Board’s educational setting is the School of Hope, where children (ages 6 to 22 years) with developmental disabilities are educated. Classes are held five days per week.
The Board of Developmental Disabilities employs 70 people in the following areas: intervention specialist (teacher), instructor assistant (teacher assistant), community intervention specialist, service and support administrator, bus driver, maintenance/janitorial, food service, and administration. The Board office at 330 Fox-Shannon Place houses Administration, the School of Hope, Head Start, and Easter Seals. The Transportation department is located on Pogue Road, St. Clairsville.