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Services & Support
TCBDD arose from a grassroots effort by parents and concerned citizens in 1955 to provide educational services to 12 children with mental retardation through the creation of Starlight School. Over time, Starlight School has evolved into the TCBDD, which is a publicly funded county governmental entity offering an array of programs for over 500 eligible individuals. We officially became Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities in October 2009 with the passing of HB79, removing the term "mental retardation" from our name and the name of all county boards in Ohio.
The Tuscarawas County Board of DD provides many services to to individuals ranging in age from new born to senior citizens. Our goal is to help each individual live, learn, and work as independently as possible and to become contributing members of the community.
Self-Determination is our approach to services and supports for people with disabilities. The Tuscarawas County Board of DD is committed through their programs to individual freedom and the opportunity to choose needed supports and services.
TuscBDD complies with applicable Federal and State civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, Family and Medical Leave, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.