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, and Pike. A complete list of local issues appearing on the statewide ballot is available online. The Ohio Secretary of State’s website contains detailed information about the ballot issues, including specific information pertaining to voters with disabilities.

Largest DD Waiver Provider Fair in Ohio – November 19

It’s growing! The largest DD waiver provider fair in Ohio will be bigger than ever this year and is now located at the Ohio State Fairgrounds, Wednesday, November 19, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can learn about who is providing what services and where, plus much more. There will be entertainment, snacks, and free parking! Providers contact Joni Sparks joni.sparks@fcbdd,org; individuals and families contact your Franklin County Board of DD service coordinator, or Alex Corwin at

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.
• Dayton Daily News: Kroger Company Receives Employer of the Year Award
• Cable News Network: Kroger Named Employer of the Year

Last Call for Registration! Ohio SIBS Conference, November 7-8

The Ohio Adult Sibling Conference (Ohio 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 Event contact is Dr. Tom Fish, 614-685-8723.

Foundation for the Challenged (FFC) Event, November 12

FFC will host a reception honoring the retirement of agency Director Fran Wesseling on November 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, at 1125 College Ave. The reception will be followed by a performance of the nationally-known Cleveland-based dance company, Dancing Wheels. This event is free, and reservations are required. Contact Carolyn at to make your reservation.  For more information visit

OCALICON 2014 – National Conference, November 19-21

OCALICON, considered the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference, will be held on November 19-21 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Ami Klin, Chief of Autism and Related Disorders at Emory University and Dani Bowman, Animator, Illustrator and Writer. More than 140 sessions are scheduled, and the 2014 OCALI awards will be presented. For details or to register, go to

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., offering an update on Ohio’s developmental disability system. To learn more about programs, challenges, and changes ahead register now!!

OACB Annual Convention, December 3-5

The Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) 31st Annual Convention will be December 3-5 at the Hilton Columbus/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 will be at Note: The Disability Housing Network (DHN) track of sessions will be on Thursday, December 4.

SAVE THE DATE! DD Awareness & Advocacy Day, March 3, 2015

Next year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day will be March 3, 2015, at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium and Museum Gallery. Mark your calendars, and if you haven’t attended before, here’s some information about the 2014 event.

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.