What We Believe
Who We Are
The Butler County Board of DD assists the community in meeting the individual preferences and needs of nearly 3,000 people. Supports and services are available life long through contracts with partner agencies or directly provided by the DD agency. Much of what the Butler County Board of DD does goes beyond the walls of its facilities and takes place in the community, where we support individuals to successfully live, work, and learn in their community.
Furthermore, the Board believes that people with developmental disabilities should be encouraged to exercise and enjoy the rights guaranteed to them as citizens of the United States of America and the State of Ohio to the fullest extent of the law.
This underlying philosophy is made clearer by the following ideals:
That all people have gifts and contributions to make to the community.
That all people have opportunities to participate in community life with fellow citizens and develop a sense of belonging to the community.
That all people have a right to earn income and participate as full citizens of the community.
That all people have a right to equal access to appropriate public education and other learning opportunities to develop and expand their skills and interests.
That all people have the right to have friends and relationships of their choice.
That all persons with developmental disabilities be supported in speaking up for themselves and in making responsible and reasonable choices when making decisions about their lives.
That all persons with developmental disabilities receive equal protection as citizens of Butler County, especially when facing legal action or contesting infringements on their safety or rights.
That all persons with developmental disabilities have equal access to the services they are interested in and need, including those provided by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities and other human service agencies.
That parents are the most knowledgeable persons about their children and have the most continuing interest in, and influence on, their lives and should be supported in developing their children's abilities, advocating for their needs and planning for their future.
That this agency shares responsibility for planning services and obtaining resources with the individual and their family.
That this agency provides services and supports for individuals and their families that are responsive to their needs and are flexible, whenever feasible, to their preferences.
That the agency intervenes early with its services and supports to reduce this impact of lifelong disabilities and to address emerging issues in people's lives.
That this agency assists persons with developmental disabilities to remain living with their families or in homes of their choice in the community.
That this agency develops partnerships with other service providers and be a facilitator and leader of change to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
That this agency works to prevent conditions that may lead to the abuse or neglect of persons with developmental disabilities and promptly intervene when such situations are suspected.
That this agency provides services in ways that are fiscally responsible and that recognize inherent limits in public funds.
That this agency provides services and supports in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws and consistent with this philosophy and the rights of persons with developmental disabilities delineated in 5123.62 of the Ohio Revised Code.