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Who We Are

We are here to ensure that these residents have available to them the programs, services and supports necessary to help them enjoy a fuller, richer life.

TuscBDD arose from a grassroots effort by parents and concerned citizens in 1955 to provide educational services to 12 children with developmental disabilities through the creation of Starlight School. Over time, Starlight School has evolved into TuscBDD, which is a publicly funded county governmental entity offering an array of programs for over 500 eligible individuals. We officially became Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities in October 2009 with the passing of HB79, removing the term "mental retardation" from our name and the name of all county boards in Ohio. Regardless of our size, name, and funding sources, our product has remained the same ~ quality services to eligible individuals for all life stages:

  • Early Intervention (Children)          
  • Preschool (Children)
  • School Age (Children)
  • Vocational Habilitation (Adult)
  • Day Habilitation (Adult)
  • Supported Employment (Adult)
  • Activities (Adult)
  • Transportation
  • Service & Support Administration (SSA)
  • Family Support
  • Residential


What We Believe

We believe in the individual freedom and opportunity to choose the supports and services you need. Over the years, the ways in which we deliver these services may change. But one thing will never change — the caring and concern our staff members have for each individual. When you become a part of our program, you become a member of our family.