In 1977, the Ohio General Assembly established that people with developmental disabilities have the right to live in the community. Through legislation, residential facilities for up to eight persons were permitted to operate in residential areas, and facilities for nine to 16 persons were permitted in multi-family areas. In that same year, a licensure system for residential facilities was established by the state, and the Northwest Developmental Center was opened in Toledo, Ohio.
The Ohio Association of Private Residential Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled, originally incorporated in 1974, underwent a name change this year, becoming the Ohio Private Residential Association (OPRA). The agency was awarded its first grant for staff training by the Ohio Development Disabilities Planning Council that year.
Photo Source: Lake County Board of DD Archives