Our Mission
To assist individuals in developing their abilities to achieve a life as active members of our community.

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Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities
2606 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657
Phone: 330-297-6209 | Fax: 

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Parent Council

Portage County Parent Council was formed in 1949 by several Portage County parents who had children with disabilities. They began working together to accomplish great goals. Those original members did fundraising and gathered volunteers to build and staff the original Happy Day School, which was located where the current Administration Building stands today. 

They had big dreams for their children and worked hard to see that it became a reality all those years ago. After the school was built, their fundraising never stopped. 

Today we raise money so that we can continue to help people with developmental disabilities with recreational opportunities, unforeseen emergency expenses or other items not covered by other funding sources. Additionally, Parent Council hosts guest speakers and programs to educate parents on issues involving children and adults with disabilities. 

Parent Council's most recent dream is to provide an accessible gym in Portage County where Special Olympics and other community events can be held. It's called "Build A Gym, Build A Life". We started fundraising in 2016 with a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Walk or Roll, which is now in its fourth year. This event takes place on the. 1st Sunday of June at the NEOMed Campus in Rootstown. We had recently teamed up with Independence of Portage County Inc. and in April of this year ground was broken for a gym which is being built on Lake Street in Ravenna. This gym will be fully accessible and will be used to hold a variety of activities including events for the entire community. 

Today our embers are mostly made up of parents, family, friends, teachers, SSA's and providers who continue to meet on a monthly basis throughout the year. Please consider joining us as we continue to help others with Developmental Disabilities. 


Cheri Michael


Marla Sisley

Vice President

Annette Dowling


Frank Dowling


Contact the Parent Council by email at portagecountyparentcouncil@gmail.com


May Dinner

5K Run, Walk & Roll


Fall Festival


Santa Shop


Join Parent Council

We would love to have you as a member! 

If you are interested in joining Parent Council, please submit your name, address and phone number to: 

Portage County Parent Council
P.O. Box 269
Ravenna, Ohio 44266

You can also email Parent Council at portagecountyparentcouncil@gmail.com.

Yearly Dues

Family - $5.00 | Single - $3.00