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Since 1967 the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD) has served the Licking County community as the entity to plan for, provide and pay for services for people with developmental disabilities.

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of LCBDD as well as county boards around the state of Ohio. Throughout the year, our staff will be reaching out to community members and leaders who played a role in our history to collect their stories.

In a recent interview, retired LCBDD Superintendent Nancy Neely reflected on our agency’s history and future. We believe her words are a fitting introduction to this timeline, which not only highlights the accomplishments of the past but shows how far LCBDD has come — and where we have to go.

“It’s different today then it was 50 years ago, but throughout that time, our community has listened to us…We have just recently begun to realize the huge responsibility we have to help teach the public about what people with developmental disabilities can do.

In the next decade, we will very much be changing more of those earlier sets of expectations. The power of expectations is so important.

We’ve had a tremendous amount of progress, as we’ve learned, we’ve helped the community to learn. That’s the responsibility we have had to bear as a board…to bring people along.

Thinking about 50 years ago, we know so much more about what works and what doesn’t work…and in 10 years, we’ll know even more.”

— Nancy Neely, LCBDD superintendent from 2001-2016, in January, 2017.