Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Moves Forward

A bill that would significantly limit young people with disabilities from entering sheltered workshop programs has been signed by President Barack Obama, following a U.S. House of Representatives vote of 415 to six to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Included in the bill, signed yesterday, are major changes to the path from school to work […]

Strategic Planning Leadership Group Focuses on System Change

The July 15 meeting of the DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) provided opportunities for participants — including individuals served by Ohio’s developmental disabilities service providers and representatives from several stakeholder groups — to share observations on changing systems, as well as focusing on opportunities to collaborate with other state agencies and service providers in […]

Program Update: 9408 Now Enrolled in Medicaid Buy-In

At the DODD Family Advisory Council meeting earlier this month, Chuck Beatty, a long-time advocate for improved employment opportunities within Ohio’s DD community, updated attendees on the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) program. This Medicaid-funded program allows individuals with disabilities who are employed to qualify for Medicaid benefits with higher income and resource […]

Summit DD Microenterprise Program Earns NEO Award

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) Microenterprise program was honored at the annual Team NEO Economic Development Plus Awards in Cleveland earlier this month. Winning the Fostering Entrepreneurship award, the Microenterprise program was highlighted for its innovative self-employment approach, offering people with disabilities another way to earn money, gain business experience, and succeed […]


People First, Revival of Advocacy in Ohio, August 16 Revival of Advocacy in Ohio, an event sponsored by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Smart Grant, will be hosted by People First of Ohio on Saturday, August 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Hunters Lake, 10881 Fosdyke Rd./ County Line Rd., […]

Administration News, MBR Clarifications

In the Mid-Biennium Review bill (HB483) signed by Governor John Kasich on June 16, language was included that requires County Boards of Developmental Disabilities to consider sharing the services of Superintendents or other management employees, when vacancies occur. The intent is to encourage the shared services model. Counties that have shared Superintendents during the past […]

Trauma-Informed Care, a Leading Edge Approach

Trauma-Informed Care: A Universal Precaution for Service & Support Administrators and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities is a transformative approach to serving the emotional needs of individuals who have developmental disabilities, and/or co-occurring mental illness (MI/DD). At a one-day training on June 27, the effects of emotional and physical trauma on brain development and resulting behavior […]

Family Advisory Council Gathers System Movers and Shakers

Gaining strength and support from each other while learning and sharing is the hallmark of the DODD Family Advisory Council (FAC), and yesterday’s meeting was another great example of this synergy. The FAC meeting at the Columbus Developmental Center included an administration update from Director John Martin and Deputy Director Patrick Stephan, as well as information […]