Current Situation -About one in five people in the United States report a disability. Disabilities can be physical, emotional or cognitive, and depending on the type and severity of the disability, the affected individual may not be able to maintain employment and may need to rely on others for assistance, taking away their independence. Previous Allen County assessments have shown that individuals over 65 and those earning less than $25,000 were more likely to report having a disability.
Key Data Points
* This graph shows the increase in the percentage of individuals reporting disabilities who are over age 65 and those who report incomes less than $25,000. (2014 Allen County Health Risk and Community Needs Assessment)
What is being done in our Community?
The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) serves over 900 individuals annually, from birth with Help Me Grow services through a wide array of aging services. To qualify an individual must have a disability prior to their 22nd birthday. ACBDD provides services through preschool programs, Marimor School and Marimor Industries.
There are multiple agencies in the area that provide services to those with disabilities through the use of Medicaid Waivers. Waivers for home support and homemaker personal care services are also available.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities helps individuals with disabilities find employment.
The Allen County Council on Aging provides transportation and other services to Allen County residents age 60 and older.
The Children's Developmental Center of Lima serves children from birth to school-age who have a special need. Developmental classes, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and equestrian therapy are offered through this program.
The ARC of Allen County empowers individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to reach their highest level of achievement, independence, self-esteem and improve their quality of life.