Helping People Live, Learn and Earn in Our Community
Transitional Youths (4-22)
The Metzenbaum Center and the Geauga County Educational Service Center (GCESC) collaborated to provide educational services to school-age children who receive special education services through their local school districts.
The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities partners with all public Geauga County School Districts, successfully integrating children with developmental disabilities into their local public school. Funding for these programs comes from the Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
The Metzenbaum Center works closely with Sunny Acres and Sunny Hope Amish Schools. Both of these schools are located in Middlefield, Ohio. We have one staff liaison who ensures that the needs of all clients are met.
Transition Planning for Individuals & Families
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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..