Recreation and Leisure Activities

The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities makes available to eligible individuals a variety of recreation, leisure, and athletic activities throughout the year. In some cases, these activities are directed or overseen by Board employees and in others, employees of agencies with whom the Board has a contract.
Policies for Activities:

Policies for Activities

Between the months of September and May, the Board holds five (5) dances at Happy Day School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on a Friday. These dances are open to individuals eligible for Board services age fourteen (14) and up. Any individual between the ages of fourteen (14) and eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone that remains present during the dance. There is a DJ at every dance and refreshments are also provided. There is NO SMOKING on the school premises during the dances. There is no charge for attendance.

Bowling Program
Eligible individuals may participate in a recreational bowling program held at Twin Star Lanes in Kent. There are two (2) session each program year. Session 1 starts in September and runs for seventeen (17) weeks. Session 2 begins in January and also runs for seventeen (17) weeks. The weekly bowling program is held on Wednesday afternoons starting at 2:30 p.m., and ending at 4:15 p.m. The bowling program is open to any individual eligible for Board services age fourteen (14) and up. Participants must provide for their own personal care/assistance needs and those participants ages fourteen (14) - eighteen (18) must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone that remains present.
The Board provides transportation to Twin Star Lanes only for those who attend Portage Industries. Anyone using public transportation must make his/her own weekly arrangements? Transportation home after bowling is not provided by the Board and is the sole responsibility of the individual, his/her family or caregiver.
The Board does not provide a nurse for the weekly bowling program. If a participant requires nursing services or needs someone to be with them at all times for any other reason, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian or provider to provide this service themselves. Paid providers must remain with the individuals they are serving at all times.
There is a cost for the bowling program and this cost covers the use of a bowling ball, shoes, and a maximum of three games each weekly session. Please note that there are other bowling leagues starting after our sessions, so participants must finish by 4:30 p.m. Twin Star lanes have been most accommodating to those with special needs and have always charged a reduced rate.
There is a limit of 130 bowlers per session, therefore, participation is limited the first 130 individuals signing up. Notice of the bowling sessions is sent out to all individuals (and SSAs) well in advance. If the Board is closed due to a calamity day on the Wednesday bowling day, no session will be held but it will be made up at a later date.
Additional information about the Dances and Bowling Program may be obtained by calling the Board’s Recreation Program Coordinators, Connie Tarver and Patricia Wade at 330-296-2839, extension 3139.
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Special Olympics
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The Board’s Special Olympics program is accredited by Special Olympics Ohio. With this accreditation, Portage County Special Olympics is empowered within the policies and procedures of Special Olympics Ohio to conduct Special Olympics training, enter sanctioned Special Olympics events, raise funds for these purposes, and to use the name and approved symbols of Special Olympics and Special Olympics Ohio.
Portage County Special Olympics offers the opportunity to participate in a number of sport and recreational events across the year. These include track and field, swimming, cross country/Nordic skiing, volleyball, basketball, bowling, bocce, power lifting/weight lifting, and soccer. Additional information about Portage County Special Olympics may be obtained by contacting the Special Olympics Coordinator.
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The POWERcorps program is a program provided through a contract between the Board and Family & Community Services, Inc., one of the largest non-profit social service agencies in northeast Ohio. The goal of this program is to provide recreation, social, and leisure opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities who are eligible to receive services from the Board.
The POWERcorps team is here to bridge the gaps in the lives of individuals by providing them with information on community activities they can participate in, transportation to these activities, and companionship. POWERcorps will only provide transportation to POWERcorps events. POWERcorps cannot provide transportation if you have 24-hour staff or an aide. Participants must have a parent, personal aide, or staff attend an event if assistance is needed in the bathroom or with the administration of medication.
Participation in POWERcorps activities is restricted to individuals eligible for Board services who are over the age of eighteen.  Sometimes there is a very nominal charge for participation in various activities (e.g., for craft supplies) and/or admission charges for attending an event (e.g., Cleveland Indians game).
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