Employment Spotlight Continues, Statewide

Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Honors Employers The Kroger Company in Warren County, and AMC West Chester 18 Theaters in Butler County were honored by the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) this month as employers who have made significant contributions to the disability community in Ohio. The employers were among several GCPD […]

Recognizing and Combating Human Trafficking

Governor John Kasich has strengthened efforts to report and combat Human Trafficking in Ohio through a key initiative launched early this year. The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to marshal state agency resources to coordinate efforts in identifying and rescuing victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute human trafficking […]

OPRA Celebrates 40 Years of Service

The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) Fall Conference last week celebrated the organization’s 40-Year Anniversary.  The theme, “Advocate, Educate, Connect,” focused the historic celebration, as did opening comments by Executive Director Mark Davis.  Describing the evolution of the organization since 1974, he noted, “Over the years we have asked to be at the table … […]

Pipeline Pix

Pipeline Quarterly Preview! The autumn issue of Pipeline Quarterly, publishing next month, will be focused on community-based integrated employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.  There’s a lot going on around the state, and not just in large cities! For example, we checked back with Michael and April Richards in Hillsboro (Highland County), to find […]

PostScripts

REMINDER: November 4 Ballot Issues, County Boards of DD On November 4, voters will decide several local races and local issues, including school issues, local tax levies, bond issues, and charter amendments. The seven levy issues on Ohio ballots affecting County Boards of DD are in the following counties: Ashland, Athens, Holmes, Monroe, Paulding, Perry, […]

Spotlight on State and Local Employment Efforts

An interagency agreement to strengthen the network of services that will help transition students with disabilities into the workforce was signed earlier this month in Medina County, bringing additional support to current collaborative efforts.  The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD), area school districts, and other community-based organizations have teamed up to promote the […]

SPLG Looks to 2024 in Benchmarking Process

The DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) met last week to delve further into the benchmarking process, planning for a stronger and more sustainable statewide developmental disabilities service system in ten years. Subjects discussed at the meeting included Developmental Centers, private Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and waivers.  DODD Director John Martin noted, “As we close-in […]