We support people with developmental disabilities to discover, pursue and achieve what is important to them.

People with developmental disabilities and their families are the center of our work.  We partner with people to encourage them to maximize their potential, assume a level of responsibility according to their abilities, and secure their future. We use resources creatively and responsibly to build a community that cares about and contributes to the quality of life of its fellow citizens who have developmental disabilities.

  • We believe people with developmental disabilities and their families decide how, when and to what extent they need services and support from the Board.
  • We believe our staff can work in partnership with people we support and their families — assisting them in achieving a quality of life they have defined for themselves.
  • We believe children and adults with developmental disabilities can make contributions to the world around them.
  • We believe adults with developmental disabilities can be productively employed and spend their time in ways that are personally beneficial.
  • We believe people with developmental disabilities should be afforded opportunities to choose where and with whom they live, consistent with the financial resources available to them.
  • We believe that it is important for people with developmental disabilities to be good neighbors.
  • We believe people with developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and pursue their interests and hobbies in the same ways and in the same places as their peers, and that the role of the LCBDD and its contracted providers is to promote and support this effort.

People we support

Early childhood: (Birth-Age 5) 824

Middle childhood: (Age 6-12) 435

Transition aged youth: (Age 13-21) 473

Adults (Age 22-64): 748

Adults (Age 65+): 82

Total: *2562

*Taken from the LCBDD 2023 annual report.

What is a developmental disability?

The term developmental disabilities (DD) describes a variety of conditions that impact the way people learn and acquire new skills. These conditions are either present at birth or develop before a person is 22 years old. 

About one in six children in the United States have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.

Most Common Types of Developmental Disabilities

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. 
  • Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 323 children in the U.S. have CP. 
  • Down syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body. They determine how a baby’s body forms during pregnancy and how the baby’s body functions as it grows in the womb and after birth. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of one of these chromosomes, chromosome 21. This extra copy changes how the baby’s body and brain develop, which can cause both mental and physical challenges for the person. 
  • Epilepsy is a general term for conditions with recurring seizures. There are many kinds of seizures, but all involve abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes an involuntary change in body movement or function, sensation, awareness, or behavior. 
  • Intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, is a term used when there are limits to a person’s ability to learn at an expected level and function in daily life. Levels of intellectual disability vary greatly in children – from a very slight problem to a very severe problem. Children with intellectual disability might have a hard time letting others know their wants and needs, and taking care of themselves. Intellectual disability could cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than other children of the same age. It could take longer for a child with intellectual disability to learn to speak, walk, dress, or eat without help, and they could have trouble learning in school. 
  • Spina bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD).  Spina bifida can happen anywhere along the spine if the neural tube does not close all the way. When the neural tube doesn’t close all the way, the backbone that protects the spinal cord doesn’t form and close as it should. This often results in damage to the spinal cord and nerves. Spina bifida might cause physical and intellectual disabilities that range from mild to severe. The severity depends on:
      • The size and location of the opening in the spine.
      • Whether part of the spinal cord and nerves are affected.

If you would like to read more about developmental disabilities, please visit the CDC website by clicking here.


More than 75 percent of LCBDD’s operating budget is funded by local tax dollars. Additional funding is provided by state and federal dollars. For more information, please check out our Annual Report by clicking here.


LCBDD is in substantial compliance with state accreditation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Safety Concerns

If you are concerned that a person with developmental disabilities is being abused or neglected, please contact us at 740-349-6588. If it is after regular business hours, please call 740-345-4357 (211 if local, 740-345-HELP or toll free at 1-800-544-1601) and ask for the Licking County Board of DD on-call service coordinator.