Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Services are offered to people with disabilities in Guernsey County from the time an infant is diagnosed with a developmental disability, or before age 22 if an incident should occur that results in a disability.  To verify eligibility, an application must be submitted and verified through the Service and Support Administration (SSA) Department.  Once a person is eligible for services, the following services may be available to them:

Don't Know Where to Start? Check out the Ohio Association of County Board's Life Map (Power Point version).

Quick Start Guide

Welcome to Here you’ll find a wealth of information to explore. If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry – our Quick Start guide is the perfect place to get started. The guide offers a few recommended videos, helpful resources, and our supports broken down by ages. We hope this guide leads you to the information you need to live a good life, wherever you are on your journey.

Birth - 6 years old

Guernsey DD understands your family's unique challenges and is standing by to prepare you to be your child's best advocate.

This video explains what your Early Intervention services will look like, why they work, and what you can expect

More information on Early Intervention

7 - 22 years old

We help put your child on a path to a job in the community.

More information on Golden Rule School

23+ years old

We listen to you and support your life choices with the right resources and connections, for life.

More information on Service and Support

Employment Navigator/Provider Support

Jennifer Oakley

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities - Employment

Employment Navigator

The Employment Navigator (EN) will serve as the lead on employment related issues for individuals with developmental disabilities. The EN will assist with planning and monitoring employment supports for individuals requesting job related services. As the EN, he or she will help with career exploration through the use of person centered practices. Assisting an individual with development of career outcomes in order to maximize their potential is our goal.

The EN will coordinate resources from various agencies to help with the desired outcomes individuals want to achieve. Some of these partners include:

Provider Support

Provider Support will coordinate and facilitate activities aimed at strengthening provider and County Board relationships. As a liaison, the Provider Support will hold regular meetings and training's focused on topics of interest for all providers. These will be directed at promoting awareness and education on various subject matters affecting the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Provider Support offers assistance with guiding interested parties through the certification process. This may include initial certification and renewal activities.