It’s a Packed Agenda for the Next Family Advisory Council Meeting, July 8!

DODD invites all interested families to attend the next Family Advisory Council (FAC) meeting at the Columbus Developmental Center, 1601 W. Broad St., July 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The agenda will include an update from DODD Director John Martin and Deputy Director Patrick Stephan, as well as information about Adult Family Living and Adult Foster Care services, and DODD Rules including the new Service and Support Administration (SSA) Rule. It’s a packed agenda! FAC meetings are open to anyone with a family member served by Ohio’s developmental disabilities system. For more information, contact

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Don’t Forget! Olmstead Conference, Cleveland – June 26

A conference celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead v. L.C. decision will feature Lois Curtis, the plaintiff in the Olmstead Decision, as keynote speaker on June 26, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. atServices for Independent Living, Inc., 26250 Euclid Ave, #801 in Cleveland. The event is free and will focus on issues related to community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

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Last Call for This! The Arc of Ohio – Training, June 26

In cooperation with DODD, The Arc of Ohio invites you attend a June 26 training at the Holiday Inn/ Worthington to learn about the latest developments in the statewide development disabilities system. These trainings always afford a great opportunity for questions and answers, and a free exchange of ideas.

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REMINDER: OACB Good Life Network, Training Series – July, August

DODD has been conducting training on the new Service and Support Administration (SSA) rule to emphasize the importance of person-centered planning in Ohio’s DD service system. To help County Boards of DD and private providers embrace the spirit of the new rule in their work, the OACB Good Life Network developed a new training series. The Good Life Planning Academy enables a select group of professionals to learn, share, and collaborate with colleagues. The Academy learning experience will help participants incorporate the new SSA rule and related new federal rule requirements into their work activities. Contact Ann Neu at(614-431-0616 or for more information.

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Project STIR Training, August 18-21

The Franklin County Board of DD will sponsor a Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) ‘Train the Trainer’ training August 18-21 at the Holiday Inn/Worthington.  The FCBDD Self Advocate Advisory Council currently is finalizing details for this event, which will be coordinated by the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA).

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DODD Hotline for Reporting Abuse, Neglect, or Other Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs)

To report abuse/neglect and other MUIs, call toll-free: 866-313-6733. Please note that MUIs are to be reported to the local County Board of DD, however, it is understood that there may be times an individual, staff member, or family member may feel it is a conflict — or that, potentially, a County Board may be involved in the allegation. In those instances it is important to remember the hotline number is there to be used for reporting concerns.