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Summer Concerts

The following is a listing of free local summer concerts. Click on the headline to see more details. Read more.



Community Recognition Dinner

Congratulations to all of the award winners at our Community Recognition Dinner. If you attended our Community Recognition Dinner April 6 and had your picture taken by our photographer, click here to see the gallery of photos. You can download and purchase prints directly from Shutterfly by creating a free membership. There is also a gallery of photos that were taken during the dinner and awards portion - those photos are posted here. Special thanks to E.L. Hubbard Photography! Read more ...


Team Offices Have Moved

All Board employees are now housed in either our Liberty-Fairfield location: 5645 Liberty-Fairfield Road in Hamilton, or in our Janet Clemmons Center location: 282 N. Fair Avenue in Hamilton. Read more.



Supported Decision Making Seminars

We're hosting a series of seminars on the topic of Supported Decision Making. These seminars are geared toward professionals, families and individuals. At the seminars you'll learn about Supported Decision Making theory and practice and learn how to utilize Supported Decision Making throughout the course of the lives of individuals. Jonathan Martinis of Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University is the presenter. Read more.



Provider Search Tool

We have created an easy, simple way for you to search for a Provider for your loved on. Our new Provider Search Tool allows you to search for a provider by funding source, type of provider, services and/or if the provider is an independent provider or an agency. Read more ...



Future Planning

Over the past year, our Board has focused on implementing changes to federal and state rules that are intended to enhance support for people with disabilities to live full, meaningful lives in their communities. Read more ...



Bill signed to remove "R-word"

Representatives from our Board were with Ohio Gov. John Kasich on July 13 as he was in Cincinnati to sign an important bill that removes the “R-word” from state law and replaces it with the term “intellectual disability.” Although all County Boards changed their names back in 2009, until the passing of this bill, state statute still included the “R-word.” Read more.



Employment in Butler County

Businesses, both big and small, in the Hamilton area who sometimes have issues finding skilled candidates for their open positions have another resource for their needs. Employment WORKS is a program that partners with a variety of businesses, vocational service providers, and educational and human services institutions, in order to match skilled and competent employees with disabilities with businesses in this area. Read more.



New STABLE accounts

STABLE accounts are made possible by the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) of 2014.The benefits of the STABLE accounts are: tax-free earnings from your savings account ... Read More.



Roommate Finder tool

We understand how important it is to find a roommate who wants a similar lifestyle and who shares the interests of you or your loved one. We developed Roommate Finder as an easy and effective way to find a compatible roommate in your area. Read More.



Employment WORKS Commercials

We’re very excited to announce that we will have commercials on during the pre-game, during the game, and the post-game of the SUPER BOWL on Channel 12 WKRC. The commercials were produced in partnership with the COG: Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties. Read more ...



Just Right video

The self advocacy group Speak Up is creating a series of videos featuring superhero Mr. Right and his sidekick Mrs. Responsibility. The videos are intended to help people with disabilities to understand their rights and responsibilities. Read more ...



InsideOut Studio opens downtown Hamilton

InsideOut Studio's retail space in downtown Hamilton is officially open! The store is located in downtown Hamilton, in the former Elder-Beerman building on High Street. Read more.



Superintendent wins Award

Superintendent Lisa Guliano won the Partners in Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Read more.




Our Dancing Fundraiser

Our Political Action Committee Friends of Citizens with Disabilities held their fourth and final gala event: Dancing for our Stars in November. Read more.




Best Buddies wins national award

Miami University’s chapter of Best Buddies won the 2013-2014 Overall Outstanding Chapter for universities at the 26th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Indiana. The chapter was selected out of over 426 chapters all over the world. Click here to read the full story.



Ongoing work to Erase the R Word
Erase the R Word - Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Hamilton, Ohio

We love this story - Cleveland Browns player Joe Haden has a message for anyone using the R-word as slur: stop. Click here to read the full story.


Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

The 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act happened July 25, 2015. The ADA ensures equal access for people with disabilities. Our group of Self-Advocates, called Speak Up, have been celebrating this important piece of legislation ... Read More.

Young man thrives at his first job

Chase Montgomery uses inflection and facial expressions to help get his points across. His favorite word is “Yeah” and he can say it dozens of different ways. Once anyone has been around him awhile, they know what he means. Chase, 22, has apraxia, which is a muscle disorder...Read More.

Business partnership profoundly impacts lives

Although he’d wanted a job more than anything, 37-year-old Delbert Hensley had never had a permanent, full-time job – until this year.

“I’ve been doing temp services all my life,” he said. “You name it, I did it. For a person with a disability, the most you can usually get is a little $8-an-hour job and the work is so hard you can barely do it.”...Read More.

“I wish everyone was more like Aaron”
Aaron works at a local school - Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities

For some people, spending every weekday evening cleaning up after a bunch of school children might feel like a menial job, but for Aaron Pugh, it’s “living the real life.”  “Without it, I would be nothing,” he said one evening as he began his shift at Middletown’s Wildwood Elementary School. Without this job, “I would just glue my butt to the couch and feel like a big crybaby, but now I get out there and do what people do in real life.”...Read More