Board of Developmental Disabilities

What Services Are Available


Monroe Achievement Center

The Monroe Achievement Center Offers a special education program charted by the
Ohio Department of Education which includes classroom instruction, nursing services and
transportation. Assessment services and OT, PT, and speech therapies are performed
in conjunction with the local school district.
 Children between the ages of 6 and 22, with developmental disabilities are
screened for the school program and recommendations for placement are made
 by the local school district. Hot lunches are available to all students by the local school district. 

How Are Students Referred for School-age Enrollment
At Monroe Achievement Center

    Students are referred for services through the IEP team process in compliance with the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is the Monroe County Board of DD’s desire that, when possible,
students remain in their home district with access to ‘typical’ peers.
 If an IEP team determines that a child is not best served in their home district, the home district,
in compliance with all state and federal laws, may choose to contact the Monroe County Board of DD.  
At that time, the IEP team (now including the Monroe County Board of DD)
would explore the appropriateness of a placement at the
Monroe Achievement Center and if it is truly the
Least Restrictive Environment for the student.

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention is a statewide system that provides coordinated services to parents of
young children with disabilities.

Early Intervention (EI) is a Coordinated System

EI services support parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities. EI is grounded in the philosophy that
young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. That’s why your local EI team,
which includes a service coordinator and service providers,
who work with you in your home or other places you and your family
spend time to develop a coordinated plan.

EI is built on a Developmental Approach

EI builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist parents and caregivers to enhance
children’s learning and development through everyday routines. It is a collaborative,
home and community-based system where you and a
team work together to provide ongoing support to your child.

The Role Of The Family

Recognize the critical role you and other caregivers play in your child’s development.

  • Share your interests, priorities, needs and questions with your primary service provider.
  • Set goals based on how your child’s progress fits with what is important to your family.
  • Learn from the team so you can work with your child during the family’s everyday routines between visits from the Developmental Specialist.
The Role Of The Intervention Team
Use child and family interests as the foundation for intervention
  • Partner with parents and other caregivers to support children as they learn and grow.
  • Focus on enhancing child participation in existing and desired family community, and early childhood experiences.
  • Work together so that each team member’s expertise will be used to help parents meet the goals they have for their child’s development.
  • Help families find answers to their tough questions.

Principles Of Early Intervention

  1. Infants and toddlers learn best through everyday experiences and interactions with familiar people in familiar contexts.
  2. All families, with the necessary supports and resources, can enhance their children’s learning and development.
  3. The primary role of a service provider in early intervention is to work with and support family members and caregivers in children’s lives.
  4. The early intervention process, from initial contacts through transition, must be dynamic and individualized to reflect the child’s family members’ preferences, learning styles and cultural beliefs.
  5. IFSP outcomes must be functional and based on children’s and families’ needs and family-identified priorities.
  6. The family’s priorities, needs and interests are addressed most appropriately by a primary provider who represents and receives team and community support.
  7. Interventions with young children and family members must be based on explicit principles, validated practices, best available research, and relevant laws and regulations.
To submit a referral online, click here:   https://ohioearlyintervention.org/referral or call 1-800-755-4769
To speak to a local EI representative, call 740-472-1712.

Click on the links below to learn more about Early Intervention and the supports available.

Ohio Early Intervention   https://ohioearlyintervention.org
Developmental Information   www.zerotothree.org
Autism Diagnostic Education Project (ADEP)   www.ocali.org/project/adep

In Ohio, the Early Intervention Program fulfills the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),
Part C (Early Intervention program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities).
The full text of the law is online at idea.ed.gov/download/statute.html

MACO Sheltered Workshop and Person Centered Services, Inc./Active Day
47013 S.R. 26 P.O. Box 564

Woodsfield, Ohio 43793
Phone (740) 472-5445
Fax (740) 472-0445
Monroe CBDD contracts with MACO Workshop and Adult Day Providers to provide
work and person-centered opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
This includes sheltered employment, community employment,
vocational training, habilitation, recreation, leisure,
nursing and transportation services.
Opportunities and services are tailored to meet the unique needs and
preferences of individuals so they may work and function effectively
in their homes and communities.