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Recognizing Ongoing Contributions to Ohio’s DD Community

Mary Ann Brown

Mary Ann Brown in the Intermediate Care Facility that bears her name.

Regarded as the “mother of services” for people with developmental disabilities in Allen County, long-time DD advocate Mary Ann Brown recently was inducted in to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Over the years, Mary Ann has brought comfort to families facing the challenges of a child with disability. In addition to serving as director of The Arc of Allen County from 1953 to 1995, Mary Ann guided the formation of a sheltered workshop, helped secure federal funding for group homes and apartments, and laid the groundwork for an ICF that today bears her name.

This Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) program celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for their achievements and contributions to others. Since 1977, more than 400 individuals have been recognized for their contributions the benefit the local, state, and national community. Read more about Mary Ann’s contributions and the Hall of Fame on ODA’s website.