Over sixty years ago, a group of Knox County parents of children with developmental disabilities banded together to support and enrich the lives of individuals in Knox County who had developmental disabilities. Ten years later, the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities (KCBDD) was established as the local government agency charged with the responsibility to serve and protect these same individuals and their families.
In 2009, self-advocates and supporters of the developmentally disabled helped create and pass a law that removed "Mental Retardation" from the name of state and local entities as well as several funds.
Over the past six decades, the Board has filled many roles, doing whatever was necessary to help individuals live fulfilling lives and be welcomed as members of our community. As our residents' needs have changed and government regulations have evolved, the services and supports offered have changed to ensure that the Board continues to serve the best interests of individuals in Knox County.
Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities by creating opportunities and coordinating resources through community collaborations while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Enhancing involvement of individuals in our community by increasing the opportunity for inclusion and respect.