Helping Individuals Live, Learn and Earn in Our Community
Adult Services (18+)
The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities (GCBDD). GCBDD currently contracts with MLCRI to act as landlord to the individuals living in the homes. More information about MLCRI is available on its website at www.mlcr.org.
Four houses on the GCBDD’s campus were renovated in 2014 to better serve individuals. These units now have single-occupancy rooms with in-suite bathrooms and roll-in showers, as well as larger, more open social areas. One house features a centralized commercial kitchen where meals for all houses are prepared. The residences can accommodate up to 25 individuals who require greater assistance with daily care. We provide quality care as well as intensive medical support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order to meet the specialized needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Programs are implemented to develop skills that enable individuals to function with as much self-determination and independence as possible.
The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ Dinner Club meets once a month in two different locations. Club members get together to eat, socialize and have fun. To join the Dinner Club, contact the Metzenbaum Recreation Department at 440.729.9406.
The Aktion Club is open to all clients of the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of West Geauga. The Aktion Club’s mission is to provide adults living with disabilities with the opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities.
To get more information about the Aktion Club or about joining, visit http://www.aktionclub.org/join.aspx.
Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries and millions more volunteers and supporters. It is also a global social movement.
Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social and psychological development of all participating athletes. Through successful experiences in sports, they gain confidence and build a positive self-image which carries over into their homes, jobs and communities. At the GCBDD, every athlete’s goal is to be a good sport, do their best in every activity, make new friends and have fun.
The GCBDD’s Special Olympics teams include volleyball, track and field, soccer, softball, individual and team bowling, swimming, basketball and golf. Approximately 120 athletes currently participate on these teams.
If you or your loved one would like to sign up for a Special Olympics team, please contact Bonnie Veleba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of Special Olympics Ohio is to provide year-round sports training and 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 and experience joy, as well as participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Team bowling begins in the beginning of September and runs through the end of October. A team consists of two or four players. The state meet for this sport is the end of October. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes.
Swimming begins in the beginning of October and runs through the middle of December. Practice is normally at Wembley Club in Bainbridge. The area event is the beginning of November and the State meet is the middle of December.
Basketball begins in the middle of November and runs through the end of March. There are many games scheduled against other organizations throughout the season. The playoffs take place during the end of February. If Metzenbaum Center athletes win, they proceed to the State Championship at the end of March.
Individual bowling begins in March and runs through May. Practices are held at Ernst Lanes. The area event takes place in May.
Volleyball begins in the beginning of April and runs through the end of June. It is slightly modified, so that the ball is bigger and softer and the server may move into the court to serve the ball. The area event is in the beginning of May.
Track and Field
Track and Field begins in the beginning of April and runs through the end of June. There are all sorts of events that are offered, including walking, running, wheelchair competition, softball throw, long jump and relays. The area event is in the beginning of May.
Soccer begins in the middle of April and runs through the beginning of June. The games are played with two teams consisting of five players each with one player as goalkeeper.
Softball begins in the middle of July and runs through mid-September. A team consists of no more than 15 players. Games are scheduled against other teams throughout the season. The area event is held in August and the State event takes place in the middle of September.
Golf begins in the beginning June and runs through the beginning of July. This is a unified sport, meaning each athlete is paired up with a partner from the community. They use one ball and will alternate shots until the ball is holed out. The area event is at the beginning of August in Olmstead Falls..
The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities is here to help support and enhance the lives of adults with special needs. The Board develops partnerships with private providers who want to help in our effort to assist individuals in finding and maintaining competitive employment. The Board also utilizes private providers for non-vocational day services, vocational habilitation and non-medical transportation.
Employment is a goal for many adults, including those with developmental disabilities. Community employment can bring benefits including greater independence, financial and social skills, improved self-esteem and personal satisfaction. Employment does not have to mean 40 hours a week. Every individual has different interests, skills and abilities.
In March of 2012, Governor Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order. Employment First in Ohio is part of a national movement to better ensure equal employment opportunities for all people. Employment First means that the individual is given a chance to think about having a job in the community as a first choice. For more information about Employment First, visit http://www.ohioemploymentfirst.org.
As part of the Person- Centered Planning Process, individuals decide upon a job goal and determine where they are on the Path to Employment.
The Path to Employment is a four-step process to determine how employment applies to an individual and helps facilitate future planning. Path to Employment is a combination of assessments and individual feedback through person centered planning that ensures every individual will have the opportunity to learn about community employment and decide their own employment goals.
The four Paths to Employment:
The planning meeting will help the individual choose a goal and what help is needed for person to reach their goal and will guide the services chosen to support the individual in the ISP. This meeting will take place every year or more often if their goal or support needs change.
Once an individual has decided that they are ready to work they will choose a private provider to work with. Private providers are able to provide Job Development (helping individuals with resume building, interview skills, and find jobs) and Job Coaching (assisting our individuals to learn and to accurately carry out job duties). After Job Coaching, Follow-along services are available. This may include following-up with the employer and/or the individual to see how things are going and should there be any problems the Job Coach would come in an assist the individual to help retain employment.
Megan Thirion 440-729-9406 x1301, email@example.com