Who we are

The Perry County Board of Developmental Disabilities (PCBDD) believes in the potential that lies within every person. Guided by the principles of self-determination, we are helping people with disabilities achieve their dreams. Whether it’s going to school, owning a home, or working in the community, people are being successful and gaining respect for who they are and what they are capable of achieving. Many barriers have been removed, but others remain, and that is why we are committed to encouraging respect for people with disabilities by removing negative stereotypes and sharing with others what people with disabilities CAN do.

The Ohio General Assembly established boards of mental retardation (as they were then known) in all of Ohio’s counties in 1967 as a result of the strong lobbying efforts of parents whose local school districts refused to enroll their children. (The legislature added developmental disabilities to the name and responsibilities in the early 1980s, and in 2009 it removed the term ‘mental retardation’ from our name.)

A seven-member unpaid board oversees our overall operations. The Perry County Executive appoints five members; the presiding judge of Probate Court appoints two. At least three of the board members must be the parents or immediate family members of enrollees.

For more information please contact David C. Couch, PCBDD Superintendent.