Developmental Disabilities Mobile History Museum On Display

Developmental Disabilities Exhibit

From March 3 to March 13, 2020, the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities will feature a traveling mobile museum exhibit in the Riverside Room.

Entitled "Always There: 50 Years of County Boards", the exhibit, which is timed to coincide with the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March, provides highlights and milestones from the past half century of developmental disability services in Ohio and across the nation.

Featuring eight large pull-up banners depicting six decades of DD history from the early 20th century to the present, the mobile museum exhibit has been featured at the Ohio Statehouse and has traveled to dozens of counties over the past two years.  Historic milestones featured in each decade include the formation of county boards of DD in 1967 as the first locally-organized and funded DD support system in the nation, the de-institutionalization of Ohio's system for providing DD supports, passage of key legislation in the 1970s and 1980s expanding the right of people with disabilities to live in their communities, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, among others.

This exhibit is free and can be viewed during normal library hours, excluding those times when meetings/programs are being held in the Riverside Room.

For more information about the exhibit and the Gallia County Board of Developmental Disabilities, please contact Ellen Rainey at