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., in Mount Vernon. Learn more about programs and initiatives around the state and nation that can benefit you as a self advocate, related family member, or caregiver. It’s free! Register at the People First of Ohio website and click on the large download arrow for the registration form. Attendance is limited to 300. Contact: Sadie Hunter, People First Executive Director, at 740-397-6100.

Funding System Redesign – Regional Community Forums, July & August

DODD has contracted with HIGH IMPACT Mission-based Consulting to develop recommendations for a funding system redesign that supports an increase in integrated employment. You are encouraged to attend a regional forum at the time and location most convenient for you. Two identical sessions will be held at each site from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., and registration is free. A complete list of forums and registration information is available online, here. A set of Key Principles for Employment First will be reviewed and discussed. There also will be opportunities to learn about at least two funding redesign proposals.

Third Annual FUSE Conference, September 12-13

The third Annual FUSE Conference will be hosted September 12 and 13 at Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington-Galena Road, in Westerville, and is sponsored by Joni & Friends. Attendees will explore a Christian perspective on social action and church advocacy, among other topics. Event cost is $30, and half-off group rates are available/ Group Rates are available. Register Now.

Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio Annual Buddy Walk, Sept. 21

The DSACO (Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio) Buddy Walk will be held on Sunday, September 21, at Crew Stadium.  For details on registration or volunteering, call DSACO at 614-263-6020 or register at

Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Annual Awards

Entries must be postmarked, sent electronically, or faxed by July 31

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) annually recognizes businesses, groups, and individuals who have significantly contributed to employment opportunities and community involvement for people with disabilities. It is anticipated that their example will inspire others in the public and private sectors to realize that ability is the most important factor in employment and community inclusion. GCPD awards nomination categories are online at Use the Awards dropdown box to nominate a community leader, organization, or business for the appropriate recognition. The 2014 awards will be presented on October 16, in the Atrium at the Ohio Statehouse. 

Reminder: 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).

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.