Everyone is touched by someone with a developmental disability. On November 8, 2016 Stone County residents voted to establish a Developmental Disability Board in Stone County.
Here is why it matters to our community and its citizens:
- Developmental disabilities (DD) begin before age 22, usually last throughout a person’s lifetime and can cause problems with major life activities such as language, mobility, learning self-help, and independent living. With supports in place, people with DD can live happy, productive and engaged lives.
- A developmental disability board allows for a county to collect a small county-wide property tax for the establishment of those supports–ranging from employment services, therapeutic services, respite care for families, children’s services, transportation and a day program. These services are much-needed for the families and caregivers of those with DD in our county.