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Nonprofit Spotlight: Stark DD

Updated: Nov 28, 2022

Supporting Choices and Creating Opportunities for People with Disabilities and Their Families Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities

By Sarah Smith

The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities was created by Ohio law in 1967. In 2009, state law changed the Stark County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (MRDD) to the Board of Developmental Disabilities. Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities are the government agencies that support people with developmental disabilities using local, state, and federal funding. Each has a governing board composed of residents of the county. Because they are countybased, boards are designed to meet the unique needs of each county.

“Stark DD helps more than 3,800 people with mild to profound developmental disabilities,” explained

William Green, Superintendent of Stark DD. “The programs and services provided may begin as early as birth and continue through the senior years. With educational programs, job training and placement, and coordination of residential services, we help children learn to reach their full potential, help parents become more confident and support their child’s development, and help adults to live comfortable, independent lives. Stark DD’s services not only provide the assistance needed to improve a life when needed, they help provide support to last a lifetime. Stark DD provides help for good.”




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