Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The LCBDD/Deepwood's services are funded by federal and state dollars, plus local tax dollars. In accordance with Ohio Revised Code, the LCBDD programs and operations are governed by a seven member board, of which five members are appointed by the Lake County Commissioners and two by the Lake County Probate Judge.

 

Years before SB 169 mandated County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Lake County community, through strong grass roots activism of parents, friends, neighbors, educators, and politicians, emerged as an innovator and leader among Ohio counties in establishing local services and facilities for its children with disabilities - children who were otherwise regarded as "uneducable" or "untrainable", and therefore, excluded from public schools or relegated to massive state run warehouses hundreds of miles away from their families and communities. In outrage, Lake County supported funding to establish education and training programs for children at Broadmoor School, as well as local vocational and training programs for adults in sheltered workshops, and uniquely among counties, local residential facilities to provide humane and dignified quality of life for both children and adults.

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