Anyone who believes that a person residing in Erie County may benefit from and qualify for services can make a referral to the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
To make a referral or for more information:
Birth-Three: (800) 755-GROW (4769)
Over Three years of age: (419) 626-0208
To qualify for services, an individual must have a developmental disability that began before age 22, includes intellectual or physical disabilities expected to be lifelong, and is not caused solely by mental illness.
Over Three years of age:
Eligibility for services is based on a variety of factors and evaluations that are specific to a person’s age and are governed by the Ohio Revised Code. Eligibility is determined at ages 3, 6 and 16 or when there is a significant change in ability and functioning.
At age 3 to 5, children are eligible if they have at least two documented developmental delays reported in an Educational Team Report.
Age 6 through 15, children are eligible if they have a documented history of a lifelong developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three areas as assessed by the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI).
Ages 16 and over are eligible for services if they have a documented history of lifelong developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three of seven life areas as assessed by the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI).