The Aiken County Board of Disabilities, formally known as the Aiken County Mental Retardation Board was formed on July 21, 1987. The purpose of the board was to serve as the single planning and service coordination point for families of people with intellectual disabilities in Aiken County. State legislation required that counties have a local entity responsible for planning and monitoring services to people with intellectual disabilities within the geographic area. Due to the Restructuring Act which lead to the inclusion of individuals served with autism, head injuries, spinal cord injuries or similar disabilities, the name of the board was changed on November 17, 1993. Early Intervention Services was added as a service, but moved to Tri-Development Center’s children’s services. It was moved back to the Aiken County Board of Disabilities in the mid 1990’s.
Today, the Aiken County Board of Disabilities provides case management services, early intervention services, intake services, and family support services. Case Management is provided in the following counties: Aiken, Edgefield, Barnwell, Greenwood, McCormick, Saluda, Lexington, and Orangeburg. Early Intervention Services are provided in the following counties: Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Saluda.
To provide, promote and coordinate community services in Aiken County for individuals with autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and intellectual disabilities. To maximize independence, safeguard and support human rights and dignity, and achieve community inclusion. To provide education and resources to the public to help in the understanding and prevention of autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and intellectual disabilities.