About

Developmentally Disabled Living Assistance

Helping People Reach Their Full Potential

As a parent, guardian or caretaker, you have a dream for your loved ones–that they lead full and successful lives. When a loved one has developmental disabilities, you might think your dream needs to change to a simple wish for the person to be healthy and safe.

At CSS, we believe that people with developmental disabilities should have the same opportunity as anyone else to maximize the potential of their lives.  We work hard every day to help empower them to make their own decisions, integrate into their communities and reach their full potential.

It’s Personal for Our Family

Our company has been rooted in this philosophy since its founding in 1993. That’s because Dan Swickard is more than the president and co-founder of our company. Dan is a former special education teacher–and the brother of Donna, who had Down syndrome.

CSS is the direct result of Dan’s personal commitment to find the best living situation and support services for his sister. Dan couldn’t find a caring and professional environment he trusted for Donna. That’s when he decided to create an organization dedicated to empowering people with developmental disabilities.

Donna passed away in 2010, but her memory lives in the passion of our organization. Dan’s family, including his son, Chris, who currently serves as President, shares this devotion.  This passion also drives co-founder, Randy Nipps, and is lived everyday by the entire staff of CSS.

A Higher Level of Caring

CSS trusted in communities throughout Ohio as provider of housing and support services to people with disabilities. We have a long history of empowering individuals, by working in partnership with their families or guardians to be responsive to their loved one’s specific needs.

The care we provide at a variety of fully equipped residential settings (from assisted living to skilled care), along with supported living services (in the individual’s own home), allows our residents to live life to the fullest as a part of their communities.

We’re committed to helping the people we serve strengthen their skills and increase their ability to make decisions on their own. We enable our residents and non-residents to become more self-sufficient by training for a vocation, working on behavioral issues or helping with job placement. Then, once employment is found, our staff provides transportation, as needed.

Headquartered in Newark, Ohio, CSS currently operates in 17 counties throughout the state: Allen, Clark, Champaign, Cuyahoga, Franklin, Geauga, Lake, Licking, Madison, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties.  We alsooperate two adult day programs – the James Street Center in Newark and the HOPE Center in Tuscarawas County.