Building relationships and offering resources that develop personal potential and respect
The Wayne County Board of DD operates the programs in support of Early Intervention, Ida Sue School, Service and Support Administration, Family Services, Community Employment and Transportation Services. These programs assist children and adults with developmental disabilities to live, work and play within their communities. The mission of the Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with enrollees, families, staff, and the community, is to provide choice and options based on individual and family preferences enabling a quality of life satisfying to the individual in learning, living, working, and participation in the community.
Service & Support
The Service and Support Administration (SSA) department of the Wayne County Board of Developmental Disabilities strives to support each individual and family to achieve a desired quality of life through person-centered planning processes that uphold the wishes, desires and dreams of each individual for their life. The service coordination staff determine eligibility for program services, assist the individual and family to establish goals for life growth, provide advocacy supports, assure freedom of choice of provider services, and protect the health and safety of each individual served.
The Wayne County Board of DD offers educational services through its Early Intervention program and Ida Sue School. Early Intervention provides family centered services to children from birth to age three focusing on meeting developmental milestones. Individual based programs are developed with families to meet the needs of each family and their most important goals. The Ida Sue School, for those students who are ages 6 to 21, is staffed by highly qualified instructors and aides who offer specialized instruction in academics, communication, self-care skills, environmental and community skills, fine arts, physical development, and vocational skills. Specialists work together with the classroom staff to provide appropriate activities for the students in the areas of PT, OT, Speech, and Physical Education.
The Board provides transportation services for students attending Ida Sue School. Through provider development efforts and the Free Choice of Provider process, the County Board continues to assist adult individuals in finding and selecting alternative transportation providers to meet their mobility needs.
Disabilities are not uncommon in our world. What is common is how there is a tendency to avoid or shy away from topics related to the individuals, their potential and their integral role in our communities. Here at the county board of DD our goal is to have real conversations, offer important supports and grow opportunities for all of us to live happy and healthy lives. In doing this, we want our county to continue to be in the know of all that is happening, to aid individuals in navigating through transition points in their life and to give resources to all to gain more understanding and success. Wayne County is filled with incredible service providers, strong social opportunities, supportive business and people that strive to help each other and to make life better. We believe that we can bring our demographic and those puzzle pieces together to form a more complete picture. The world continues to change and through our community relations we hope to ensure that everyone moves forward, in a positive direction, together.