Are you a good listener? Do you care about the well-being of people with disabilities?

The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking for self-advocates and family members of people with developmental disabilities to be interviewers.  Interviewers will conduct face-to-face conversations with Ohioans with disabilities for the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult Consumer Statewide Surveys Project ( To apply online go to: If you have questions please contact project

School To Adult Life Transition (S.A.L.T.)

SALT (School to Adult Life Transition) provides resources, meetings, & local event info to families of children with disabilities serving the Darke, Miami, and Preble Counties in Ohio. STUDENTS (ages 14 – 22) are also encouraged to attend their own series, which takes place at the same time as the parents’ SALT series. Students will

Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Info

Please see the links below for important 2017 Special Olympics basketball information. Adult Basketball Team Information School Age – Slammers – Basketball Team Information Adult Cheer Information  

Darke DD to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on Strategic Plan

The Darke County Board of DD will accept public feedback regarding its proposed annual action and strategic plans on December 7, 2016.  Darke DD is required by Ohio Administrative Code to “have a mechanism for accepting public feedback regarding the strategic plan and strategic plan progress reports.” The December 7th meeting will begin at 4:00

Ohio STABLE Account

STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security   What is a STABLE Account? A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Darke DD is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. “#InclusionWorks” How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about

NDEAM 2016 – InclusionWorks

Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

2016 Darke County Special Olympics Swim Season

September 13, 2016 Dear Parents/Guardians/Providers/Athletes, Darke County Special Olympics swim season is here.  The swim team consists of athletes who are at least 8 years old.  Swimmers must be 8 years old by October 1, 2016.  The team consists of school-age athletes and adult athletes both male and female. Swimmers must be able to swim

“Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program a Success

The “Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) helps students focus on career exploration, employment preparation and life skills.  The five week program ran Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 12 through August 11, 2016 and was open to Darke County students, ages 14 and 15, who

Training opportunity – STABLE Accounts and the new Federal ABLE Act

Nicholas Hancart from Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel’s Office will present information on the new STABLE Accounts (funded by the federal ABLE Act) to give families a closer look at what these accounts are, what they can do for your family, and how they can fit into your estate planning. Please RSVP if you plan on

Living a Good Life!

Jeff and Craig live a good life.  They live a good life thanks to the person centered planning model, and the opportunities that being employed in their community provides them. They are able to have the things that are important for them, and are able to enjoy the things that are important to them because

Ansonia Students “Pay It Forward” to AKtion Club of Greenville

Each spring the junior and senior students from Ansonia High School coordinate a picnic fundraiser titled “Pay It Forward.”  The goal of this fundraiser is to raise money to donate to a local service need.  This year they were able to tie their fundraiser to an English reading assignment titled “Flowers for Algernon.”  This story

Darke DD and GTI: Enclave to Employment

    In 2015 Darke DD’s adult day service program (known as Wayne Industries)  and Greenville Technology, Inc. (GTI) created a unique opportunity for individuals to move from an enclave work setting to permanent employment.  To date, three individuals have benefited from this partnership.  This is their story…

~~Softball sign up date correction~~

~~~CORRECTION~~~ ***Softball team registration is NOT TONIGHT*** Information previously released for softball sign ups was incorrect. Softball Team Registration Night is Monday, June 20th. 5-7 pm for adults and 7-9 pm for school-age.  

2016 Summer Camp and Softball Info for Children

Please see the attachments below for information on 2016 summer camps and softball registration for children. Summer Camps 2016 Softball Team Registration Night 2016 Summer Camp Info 2016 SUMMER CAMP REG Special Olympians Wavaire Camp  

2016 Summer Camp and Softball Info for Adults

Please see the attachments below for information on 2016 summer camps for adults and softball team registration. 2016 Softball Team Registration Night 2016 Summer Camp Info-Adult 2016 Summer Camp Registration-Adult Special Olympians Wavaire Camp Summer Camps-Adult

Darke DD and Midmark Corporation: Partnering for Success

In 2016 Darke DD and Midmark Corporation embarked on a journey to fulfill an employment need. One was interested in increasing their workforce diversity, while the other has a passion for assisting individuals with disabilities obtain jobs. This story explains the results that met both of their needs…  

Greenville Kroger Supports a Diverse Workforce

Did you know that there are currently 45 individuals working in the Darke County community who receive assistance from the Darke DD (and their respective partners) to retain their competitive employment jobs?  Did you know that Kroger employs nearly 9% of these individuals?  This is an amazing statistic that verifies Kroger’s commitment to the community

DD Board Works to Empower People and Explore Possibilities

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) recently welcomed a new board member, Joseph Latas of Greenville, to fill the vacancy for an unexpired term ending December 31, 2016.  Mr. Latas is an attorney for the law firm Marchal and Marchal located in Greenville. The board is made up of seven volunteer members:

Darke DD Series: What’s Your Story? – John Stewart

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.  As we continue our series this week with the theme, “What’s Your Story?”Darke DD invites you to get to know someone with a disability.  Take a moment to learn their story and create a connection.  Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Early on in John Stewart’s adult life he

Darke DD Series: What’s Your Story? – Ashton and Chase

(Greenville, Ohio) – The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) embraces Ohio’s Employment First Initiative of “envisioning a time when every working age adult with developmental disabilities has opportunity to seek jobs that fit their skills and interests.”  The board believes in each person’s potential to work and become active members in their

Darke DD Series: What’s Your Story? – Anita Greene

Anita  Greene is a gifted lady; you could say she has “gifts of the hands (knitting) and gifts of the heart (giving back)”.    She has always had a compassionate heart and she enjoys giving back to her community.  Anita was just a little girl when her mother taught her to knit.  She is left-handed, so

Bowling Day With Friends and Recreational Bowling

Ohio Darke County   Bowling Day with Friends: When:   Saturday, March 12th Where:  Treaty Lanes, Greenville Time:    1:00-3:00pm * This is a FREE bowling day for all athletes.  We have invited our friends from Preble County to come bowl with us. Everyone will bowl two games and we will have door prizes.  Come join the

Special Olympics Ohio – Darke County Bowling League

DARKE COUNTY Bowling League Beginning Monday, February 29th   When: Every Monday for 6 weeks. 2/29     3/7     3/14     3/21     3/28     4/4 Where: Treaty Lanes – Greenville, OH Time: Two sessions divided by age 4:00-5:45pm – Athletes aged 22 and older 5:30-7:15pm – Athletes at least 8 years old by June 1, 2016 * This is a FREE


The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) has experienced several significant changes over the past few months.  Historically, Darke DD has provided facility-based services to Darke County residents having developmental disabilities.  Darke DD has always hired direct service staff to provide services based on an individual’s person-centered service plan which was developed by

2016 Systems Transformation Conference: Moving Forward Together

March 2, 2016 Crowne Plaza North | 6500 Doubletree Ave. | Columbus, OH 43229 The Employment First Initiative led by The Ohio Department of Development Disabilities is pleased to present a one-day conference regarding Systems Transformation. The conference will offer quality sessions and networking opportunities focused on meeting the needs of Ohio provider organizations and

Basketball Schedules

Basketball and cheerleading schedules for the Warriors, Dawgs and Slammers have been posted. Click here for printable dates, times and locations.

Eichelberger Promoted at Rural King

In December of 2015, Kyle Eichelberger was promoted to Department Manager of Feed & Livestock at the Rural King in Greenville. Kyle participated in summer youth and other employment training through Bridges to Transition, a program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Kyle began his career at Rural King as a part time

DarkeDD to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on Strategic Plan

The Darke County Board of DD will accept public feedback regarding its proposed annual action and strategic plans on December 10, 2015.  DarkeDD is required by Ohio Administrative Code to “have a mechanism for accepting public feedback regarding the strategic plan and strategic plan progress reports.” The December 10th meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Update to DarkeDD Transition Plan

Dear Parents, Family Members, Guardians, and Advocates: I want to share with you the progress we have made as we continue to transform Darke DD adult services to meet federal mandates.  I originally scheduled an informational meeting for October 15th to give you an update on our progress, but I believe our progress is more

A Life of Inclusion: Working and Living in my Community

Get to know Greenville, Ohio resident Tom Messer and he will dispel many myths about people with disabilities. Tom works 40 hours most weeks, drives his own car, and lives independently with his wife Alice. Tom is employed at Taco Bell in Greenville.  Although he can do most jobs in the restaurant, Tom’s primary position is

Informational Meeting Date Change

INFORMATIONAL MEETING – DATE CHANGE The informational meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2015, has been RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at 6:30 pm – Wayne Industries Facility. This meeting is an opportunity to ‘meet and greet’ Darke County’s newest adult day and transportation service provider PERSON CENTERED SERVICES, INC. (PCS). PCS will be

‘Switching Gears’ Students Focus on Career Choices

Students in the Switching Gears program focused this week on exploring career choices.  Switching Gears is the title of this year’s Summer Youth Program, offered through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD).  This program teaches work and independent living skills.  Students viewed career videos and discussed skills needed for the careers they

Common Threads Network Hosts Informational Session

The Common Threads Network of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties is extending an invitation to all families receiving services in southwestern Ohio counties. There will be an informational session on Tuesday, July 28th titled “Critical Updates: Changes to Ohio’s Developmental Disabilities Service System”. Director Martin and other Ohio leaders will share anticipated outcomes of

Darke DD Helps Youth Look Toward Their Future

Switching Gears students enjoyed another week of action packed learning – partly focusing on cooking, budgeting, and grocery shopping.  The Summer Youth Program, offered through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) not only teaches kids work skills, the youth also spend time learning independent living skills. When asked about their hopes and

Students Tour GTI to Learn About Manufacturing

Students participating in the Switching Gears Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) toured Greenville Technology, Inc. (GTI).  Their focus was to learn about manufacturing as an industry that offers a variety of job opportunities. Bryan Adams, Assembly Manager, gave an overview of the factory and highlighted the many

Life After High School

A group of Greenville High School students and their parents participated in a ‘Life After High School’ tour to learn more about employment and living options after high school.  The tour was arranged by The Community First Department at the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD), in partnership with Greenville High School.

Locations, dates announced for training sessions required under new Ohio guardianship rules

Ohio Adult Guardianship Education Course Information and Registration The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on March 10, 2015 the adoption of new rules to govern adult guardianships in Ohio. The Advisory Committee on Children and Families of the Supreme Court recommended the adoption of Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio 66.01 through 66.09, which became

Darke DD Provides Summer Youth Program

The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) is hosting their 4th Annual  Summer Youth Program.  Previously funded through Vocational Rehabilitation Services, this year’s program, titled ”Switching Gears”, is being staffed and funded by Darke DD and is for youth ages 14 and 15 who are currently being served by the agency.  Ten students

Darke DD addresses Federal mandate for ‘conflict-free case management’

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Self-Advocates: As many of you are aware, the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) has been engaged in discussions regarding our local plan to respond to changes in federal law.  One of the more significant changes requires that county boards of DD in Ohio must comply with federal law

Helping People Realize Their Dreams

Just as little as three years ago, John didn’t have a clear direction for his life.  Now he looks around him and sees a life that he never dreamed of – and… he has even bigger plans for his future.  He has grown from a young kid with little idea as to what he wanted

Employment Matters: Kyle’s Story

When Kyle Eichelberger graduated high school in 2013 he was open to a variety of jobs, but one goal was clear; he wanted to work full time. Today Kyle is working one full time job and another part time job and excelling at both of them. Kyle’s journey to reaching his goal of full time

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