Election Day is November 4

The deadline to register to vote in the November 4 election is Monday, October 6. Not sure if you’re already registered? Check the Ohio Secretary of State’s My Voter Information website to find out. Individuals can register to vote in person at many locations throughout Ohio, including their local Board of Elections, local office of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and public libraries. They also can download a PDF of the voter registration form online, fill it out, sign it, and mail it to their county board of elections. There will be seven County Board of DD levy issues on November 4 ballots, including Ashland, Athens, Holmes, Monroe, Paulding, Perry, and Pike County Boards.  More information will be in the October 15 Pipeline.

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Reminder: Compliance Reviews Now Online

Compliance reviews for Ohio service providers now are posted on the DODD website in the Provider Search section. To find specific information follow the simple steps to access desired information.

New Report: Making Healthcare Reform Work

You may remember participating in an online survey, focus group, and/or a health care summit between March and June of 2013. The report resulting from this work, “Making Healthcare Reform Work for People with Developmental Disabilities,” now has been released by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center. It includes a review of many issues related to health care access for individuals with disabilities.

News Posts

News Posts highlight news items of particular interest to the statewide developmental disabilities community.  Links to related news stories noted in Pipeline articles, also may be recapped here.

Project STIR Training Opportunities During October

Steps Towards Independence & Responsibility (STIR) Training is by and for people with disabilities. Trainers are Project STIR graduates trained by the Ohio Self Determination Association. Training is designed to provide tools to help individuals with DD advocate for themselves, connect with other advocates, and gain leadership experience that can lead to community employment. Click on the date-links below to register.

October 8, 2014: 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., Wayne National Forest, 13700 US Highway 33, Nelsonville

October 10, 2014: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Queensgate, Hamilton County DD, 801 A West 8th St., Cincinnati

October 29, 2014: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., 2012 West 25th St., Suite 900, Cleveland

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. Topics will include Strengths-Based job matching, Ohio Shared Living residential options, and provider-controlled settings under the HCBS rule. Registration is at Contact is Teri Derry at 614-224-6772,

Job Coach Academy, October 22

A job coach training will be offered October 22 at the DoubleTree/Akron, 3150 W. Market St., from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Senior Employment Consultant Mike Heifner will present hands-on, practical skills. Job coaches can leave the training with skills that can immediately improve employee retention outcomes.  Training includes developing an Employment First culture, understanding learning styles, career development, and more. Cost is $119 per person and includes training materials and lunch. Register at

Supported Employment Excellence Training, November 3

Supported Employment Excellence Training will be offered November 3, at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Senior Employment Consultant Mike Heifner will present information about Ohio’s supported employment funding systems. Cost is $119 per person and includes training materials and lunch. Register at

Ohio SIBS Conference, November 7-8

The 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 Contact for the event is Dr. Tom Fish, 614-685-8723.

The Arc of Ohio Training, November 19

The Arc of Ohio will host a training November 19 at the Holiday Inn/Worthington, 7007 N. High St., from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), offering an update on Ohio’s developmental disability system. To learn more about programs, challenges, and changes ahead register now.

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.