In the 1940’s, a visionary concept in the Mid Ohio Valley was developed. This idea provided services for child and adults with disabilities, helping them maximize their abilities, making new achievements while gaining new skills to allow for growth and opportunity within the community. This was the beginning of the Wood County Society.
The Wood County Society has a long standing history of providing programs and funding programs for individuals with developmental disabilities in of Wood and surrounding counties in West Virginia and Ohio.
In the mid 1940’s the Wood County Society partnered with the Easter Seals of the Mid-Ohio Valley to provide services for youth and adults with physical disabilities through therapeutic intervention(s). The Wood County Society has had a long standing relationship with the Wood County Department of Education by providing the first organized program for children with physical disabilities including pre-school patients and post school day services. The Wood County Society offered a substantial program at the time – the Summer Therapy program to continue therapeutic interventions which included physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech development during the Wood County Department of Education summer break. The Wood County Society is proud to continue our partnership and collaboration with the Wood County Department of Education by providing and funding current programs such as Everybody Counts!, Summer Speech as well as Adapted Aquatics.
Overtime, the Wood County Society has grown and developed eleven different program that provide education, advocacy and a therapeutic intent for youth and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. The Wood County Society is proud to provide the following programs: Adapted Aquatics, Summer Speech Program, Sign Language Classes, Everybody Counts!, Camp ECHO (Every Client has Opportunity), The Outing Club, The Bowling Party, MOV Post Polio Support Group, Special Assistance, MOV Autism Network as well as the Whitaker-Minard Scholarship.
The Wood County Society is a 501(c)(3) public charity.