Alive Inside:  Columbus Premiere, September 4

Alive Inside, a 2014 Sundance Award-winning documentary that explores the healing power of music for people with dementia, will premiere in Columbus on September 4 at the Drexel Theater in Bexley, beginning a two-week run.  The film follows Dan Cohen, founder and executive director of Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of personalized music to improve the lives of elderly people, and people with disabilities or serious illnesses. Find out more, and see a short clip of the movie.  Care givers to visit the ODA site for more information on Music and Memory.

Ohio Veterans Bonus: Deadline is December 31

Providers, County Board staff, and DODD staff are focused on service, and some have given back to their country by serving in the military. If you or a family member served in the Iraq War or the Afghanistan War, you may be eligible for the Ohio Veterans Bonus. The Bonus is available to military service members who served anywhere in the world during the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War. The next-of-kin of eligible service members who are killed or die as a result of injuries or illness sustained in Iraq or Afghanistan also may receive the Bonus.  Veterans of the Iraq War era have until December 31, 2014, to apply for the bonus; no end date has been announced for veterans of the Afghanistan War era. Service members and veterans must have entered the military from Ohio and be an Ohio resident at the time they apply. For more information about eligible service dates and how to apply, call 877-644-6838 and select option two, or visit

Reminder:  2014 Transition Bootcamp Conference, September 19

Transition Bootcamp, September 19, from 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 also 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

Promoting Healthy Choices Training, September 30

The Healthcare Advisory Committee one-day conference, Promoting Healthy Choices, is September 30 in southwest Ohio. The conference will focus on accessing resources and promoting healthy living for people 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. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. The Healthcare Advisory Committee is an independent non-profit organization that provides up-to-date information on health and related matters to nurses and others who are responsible for assuring the health and safety of people with DD. More information and registration is at

Synergy Conference, October 1-3

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

OPRA Conference, October 21-22

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

Ohio SIBS Conference, November 7-8

The 14th Annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference (SIBS) will be November 7-8, at the Columbus Airport Marriott Hotel. The conference provides a unique 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 DD; 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. Register at

Save the Date! Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day, March 3, 2015

The annual DD Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse is set for March 3, 2015. This event has grown during the past ten years to include self advocates from across the state speaking about their successes and their perspectives on opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. It also is an opportunity for self advocates, their families, staff, and caregivers, to network and speak with legislators about issues important to them.  Read more about this event in Pipeline as details become available.

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.