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The Ohio Shared Living Work Group

The Ohio Shared Living work group meets regularly to develop an organized county-by-county approach to further developing community-based residential options in family homes for people in the state’s DD services system. Currently, 13 individual counties will be exploring this approach in depth as the efforts get underway, as well as one regional effort involving several counties. Pictured are some representatives of the work group, which includes members of County Boards of DD, residential service providers, and agency partners including DODD, the Ohio Provider Resource Association, the Ohio Association of County Boards, and The Arc of Ohio.

The Ohio Shared Living team has agreed to broaden the base of support for this more sustainable residential option by,

“Making it Simple … Keeping it Local … and Bringing it all Together.”

Ability Works’ 40th Anniversary

Ability WorksAbility Works’ recent 40th Anniversary celebration honored the clients and customers of Ability Works, as well as the founders who opened the original Double S Industries.  The Sandusky County agency’s customers choose from a range of products and services, including document management, customized production, and subcontracting. The celebration also noted the many employment opportunities available to individuals, including training and other services customized to their specific needs. Speakers at the celebration included U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan and Ohio State Senator Randy Gardner.

Pictured (l. to r.) are Ability Works board members John M. Hoty, Carol Blackburn, and Dustin Ness.

More information about Ability Works can be found at: www.ability-works.com; 419-626-1048.