Disabilities Board of Charleston County
The Disabilities Board of Charleston County (DBCC) is the leading provider of services and supportive programs for children and adults with specials needs in Charleston County. The Board offers early intervention, service coordination, a developmental child center, adult day programs, and residential supports to individuals with severe, lifelong disabilities, such as intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Extensive services and supportive programs are provided both in the form of in-home care as well as through dozens of facilities in Charleston County and neighboring counties.
Functioning as the sole provider of care and resources for those with special needs in Charleston County, the Board relies heavily on The Able Life Foundation for gap funding. These monies assist with everything from maintenance of the Board’s many facilities and homes to basic household and education supplies.
History of the Disabilities Board of Charleston County
Originally founded as the Hope Center for the Retarded, Inc., services began in 1958 through efforts of the Charleston Civitans and The Council for the Retarded Children of Charleston. In 1974, the SC General Assembly created the Mental Retardation Board of Charleston County to coordinate and administer services to people with mental retardation and related disabilities. In 1988, The Mental Retardation Board of Charleston County assumed operation of the Hope Center for the Retarded, Inc., a sheltered workshop for persons with developmental disabilities which had 35 employees and 10 vehicles.
In 1993, the agency was renamed the Disabilities Board of Charleston County, and assumed the operations of the Charles Webb Center, a non-profit organization providing supports for children with disabilities and special needs that was founded in 1919. The agency moved its administrative offices to the current location at 995 Morrison Drive in 1997. Today, with an annual budget of over 18 million dollars, this community-based agency serves nearly 2000 individuals and has 450 employees.