50 YEARS - Always There...

Forest Rose Bus in the 1960s

Forest Rose Bus in the 1960s

The Ohio Legislature created a unique and vital resource for people with developmental disabilities in 1967, and that resource continues to be a lifelong support 50 years later.

   Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017. The year-long theme — Always There — reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity and history of partnership county boards have offered to the people they serve in the past, in the present and in the future.

   Locally, the first class for students with disabilities in Fairfield County began in 1956 in the basement of the Sixth Avenue Methodist Church. In 1960, the adult program was started. In the early 1970’s, the Association for Retarded Citizens gave the adult program to the County Board of Mental Retardation. In 1976, both the adult and children’s programs moved to Forest Rose School. Today, Fairfield DD serves nearly 1200 individuals and their families.