MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Board of DD is participating in the launch of the Always There yearlong campaign to recognize the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.

The Always There campaign marks the founding of Ohio’s 88 county boards by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. The theme reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity, and history of partnership county boards have offered to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the past, in the present, and in the future.

“Reflecting upon our history and looking toward our future is a wonderful way to mark the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s county boards and DD Awareness Month. It’s all about building awareness and understanding among the public about the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” said Steve Oster, Knox DD Superintendent.

Through personal stories and historical items submitted by county boards and the people, families, and communities they serve, the Always There campaign will tell the collective story of developmental disabilities in Ohio and how the role and services of the county boards have evolved throughout the years.
Submitted stories and items will be archived and shared as part of the Always There History Project, which has been launched on the campaign’s website — In addition to the website, the campaign will be supported through social media channels, posters, billboards, and local and statewide events

As part of DD Awareness Month, the Knox DD encourages members of the community to submit their personal stories and historical items about the formation of county boards to the Always There History Project. Information about how to submit is available at

The Knox County Board of DD will be wrapping up its DD Awareness Month activities with the Celebrity Omelet and Pancake Dinner on March 23 to be held 4-6:30 p.m. at the New Hope Early Education Center, 11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Mount Vernon. For more information, contact Knox DD at 740-397-4656 or


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