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Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities



2606 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna, Ohio 44266 
Phone: 330-297-6209 Fax: 330-297-1202
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.


Happy Day School
 & Portage Industries

Service & Support

Support Services

The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The board ensures the availability of programs, services, and supports that assist eligible individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities in choosing and achieving a life of increasing capability such that they can live, work, and play in the community, and to assist and support the families of these individuals in achieving this objective. 


Happy Day School offers an Infant Program for children from birth up to 2 years of age.  Areas of growth and development that are emphasized include communication, problem solving skills, self-help, physical and social development.  Parents and children attend classes together.

The Toddler Program is for children between the ages of 2 and 3 years.  It offers classroom experience for children with and without delays.  Instructors and specialists work together to provide learning experiences through play. 

Supportive Home Services

Supportive home services provides services in the home for children who cannot attend the Infant or Toddler programs.  This program is for children ages 3 to 5 years for successful participation in school age education programs.  It is a classroom setting for children with and without delays.  Individual activities are provided to meet each child's specific needs.  School Age Program is for children 6 to 21 years of age.  Parents and staff work together to design an individual education plan. 


Portage Industries provides, within a less restrictive environment, those learning experiences which most appropriately parallel experiences within the Portage Community.  This is achieved through the promotion of community-based opportunities, determined by individual preference and where possible, natural supports which promote integration.  The creation and support of a variety of competitive employment situations for individuals and development of supervised community employment through group worker sites, and the provision of necessary training and continuing support to assist individual success. 


Case management provides the coordination of resources across agency and professional lines to develop and attain needed or desired individual goals, objectives, or services with maximal individual/family participation in order to maximize the quality of life of the individual served in the least restrictive manner.  


Residential and family support services assist eligible individuals to live in the community, or to live more effectively in the community. This service assists individuals directly or may support families in their efforts to maintain individuals within the family home.  The Board coordinates service referrals, contracting for services, purchase of service, service development and quality assurance.  Services are directly provided by agencies/programs and persons who have been licensed or certified by the State or who have been approved by the Board to provide particular services.  


Transportation is provided for 2 to 21 years old to and from school.  Car seats and seat belts are provided.  Adults and community placement individuals can be provided transportation to and from the sheltered workshop or place of employment.

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