Introducing: News Posts

News Posts, a new part of PostScripts, highlights news items of particular interest to the statewide developmental disabilities community.  We’ll continue to include links to related news stories in Pipeline articles, some of which may be recapped here.

Smithsonian Museum of American History Highlights Disability History

Many stories and events related to people with disabilities never make it into the history books or shared public memories. EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America, an online exhibit, highlights stories and events about people with disabilities who have been present throughout American history. Familiar concepts and events such as citizenship, work, and wars become more complete, challenge our assumptions, and transform our connection with each other when viewed from the historical perspective of people with disabilities. Also a part of this online exhibit, provided by Temple University, is a select list of national and international milestones — the Disability History Timeline. It highlights people, events, and legislation affecting disability rights, from 1817 through 2001.

Ability Center Presents:  A Day at the Range, September 27

The Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair Committee proudly presents the first Annual “Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor Adventure Fair,” 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the CMP- Camp Perry in Port Clinton. This event offers people with disabilities a chance to explore area recreational opportunities. It is modeled after a successful outdoor program in Missouri ( and will provide accessible fishing, shooting, archery, and craft opportunities. Admission is FREE to all people with disabilities, their families, friends, and caregivers. The event includes a lunch of hotdogs, chips, and bottled water.

Pre-registration is required! Visit to register. For more information contact Tory Thompson, event coordinator, at 419-734-0330 or

Final Reminder:  Promoting Healthy Choices Training, September 30

The Healthcare Advisory Committee 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. 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 responsible for assuring the health and safety of people with DD. Registration is at

Register Now!  Synergy Conference, October 1-3

The 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 are online at

OPRA Conference, October 21-22

The 2014 Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Fall Conference, October 21-22, at the Embassy Suites Hotel/Dublin, will celebrate the organization’s 40-Year Anniversary. The conference offers 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 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

OACB Annual Convention, December 3-5

The 14th Annual Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) 31st Annual Convention will be December 3-5 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.  In addition to a full schedule of informative presentations and sessions, OACB will present annual awards – during the three-day event. Details and registration coming soon at

Reminder:  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. 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

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, 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.