Business Survey

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) invite employers and anyone in the Ohio’s deafness or blindness community to comment on work force issues for Ohioans with disabilities. Results of this confidential survey will be shared with the Workforce Integration Task Force recently instated by Governor John Kasich. The business survey is at:; The blind and deaf community members survey is at:

Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Event, September 10

The Annual 2014 DSP Recognition Event, September 10 at the Xenos conference center in Columbus, will feature several speakers, as well as original films about direct support professionals. This is an opportunity for Ohio DSPs to tell their stories, and show how they provide support and care for the people they serve. DSPs are encouraged to show that they are role models, and are an important part of the lives of thousands of people with developmental disabilities across the state.  The annual event is sponsored by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP).  Find out more, and register at the event website.

WORKing Together: Statewide Employment Conference, September 15-16

A statewide employment conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, OH, WORKing Together is organized by the Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the University of Cincinnati/ University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.  It will bring together people with disabilities and their families, providers, and County Board staff to learn from national and state leaders about expanding employment options for people with disabilities. The conference features several prominent national experts and a host of Ohio leaders for community and integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Check out the website to register and learn about key presentations:   

Registration cost is $200 per person until September 1, and $250 thereafter. Cost includes both days’ continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Transition Bootcamp Conference, September 19

Transition Bootcamp, September 19, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Cincinnati, is a conference for parents/caregivers and educators or other professionals interested in transition preparation from high school to adult life for young people with disabilities. Conference topics include education and employment, post-secondary education, housing, recreation, guardianship alternatives, and estate planning. There will be a vendor fair presenting agencies and businesses that provide services to transition-age youth and young adults. Transition Bootcamp is organized by a planning committee of community organizations and parents/caregivers.  See  conference registration and more information. Contact is Ilka Riddle, 513-803-3620 or

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

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio (DSACO) 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

Promoting Healthy Choices Training, September 30

The Healthcare Advisory Committee is offering a one day conference, September 30, in southwest Ohio.  Promoting Healthy Choices will focus on accessing resources and promoting healthy living for individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. The training will be useful for nurses, SSAs, direct care staff, parents, and guardians.  Conference speakers include: Erica Coleman, University of Cincinnati Center of Excellence in DD; Susan M. Havercamp, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center; and, Beth Marks, University of Illinois. A continental breakfast as well as lunch is included in the registration fee.  For more information and registration, visit:, and look under News and Info.  The Healthcare Advisory Committee is an independent non – profit organization developed to provide up-to-date information on health and related matters to nurses and others who have the responsibility of assuring health and safety to individuals with DD.

Save the Date! Synergy Conference, October 1-3

2014 SYNERGY Conference, sponsored by the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA) and Parents, Advocates, Resources (PAR) will be October 1-3 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin, OH.  Conference sessions target DD professionals, individuals with DD, parents, guardians, family members, County Board staff, and other service providers.  Registration and conference information is posted online at

Save the Date! OPRA Conference, October 21-22

Planning is underway for the 2014 Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Fall Conference, October 21 – 22, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin.  OPRA conferences offer an opportunity to learn about the latest issues facing providers, and hear from first-rate speakers. More information as the dates draw nearer at, or contact Teri Derry at 614-224-6772,

Ohio SIBS Conference, November 7-8

Plans are underway for the 14th Annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference (SIBS), November 7-8, at the Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel.  The Ohio SIBS conference provides an opportunity for people whose siblings have a disability to network with and gain support from each other. Speakers will include: Andrew McQuaide, an adult sibling who works for the State of Rhode Island Department of Developmental Disabilities; Meghan Burke, an adult sibling, who works for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and, Kim Linkinhoker, Associate Director for the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD. In addition to the speakers, there will be presentations by leaders in the DD field, many of whom are siblings. Registration and hotel information is at

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.