Our Future: Change in Public Forums, Feedback Link Online

Updated schedule for CMS Transition Plan forums December 4: The updated schedule can be found in the December 4 Pipeline Extra. New Online Information, Resources More information has been added to the Our Future website, including frequently asked questions and an online feedback form. Find answers to common questions – topics and questions will be […]

Family Caregivers Month: Health and Welfare a Top Priority

DODD salutes family caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month. The 2014 theme, ‘Care Comes Home,’ acknowledges that care does not always take place in hospitals, nursing homes, or doctors’ offices, and that a large percentage of caregiving occurs in a family home. Across the nation, nearly 90 million people play this critically important and sometimes […]

Autism Certification Program Website Launches

A new website, autismcertificationcenter.org, offers up-to-date information about ASD In Action, the online training and certification program being developed by DODD and OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence). Launching in autumn 2015, ASD In Action is designed to help ensure that providers – including paraprofessionals, job coaches, residential facilities staff, childcare providers, and […]

The Arc of Ohio Training Spotlights Issues

Managing change responsibly was the over-arching theme of DODD Director John Martin’s presentation at The Arc of Ohio Fall Training last week in Worthington, where approximately 150 participants attended to learn more about the direction for Ohio’s developmental disabilities service system during the next several years. The group, comprised of parents, developmental disabilities service providers, […]


OOD Announces Business Recognition Program Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities has created a new annual business recognition program to honor companies that provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Annual awards will be presented in three categories: Creating Opportunity, Committed to Opportunity, and Champion of Opportunity. The Opportunity Awards recognize companies at various levels — […]

Our Future: New Information Resources

As 2015 moves into view, we are moving ahead to several busy months including budget considerations, with Governor John Kasich announcing the biennial budget in early February. In addition, new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that redefine reimbursement for waiver services, and discussions around services currently provided in large institutional […]

Strategic Planning Leadership Group Wraps Up Meetings

The final meeting of the DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) last week included completing draft language for several ten-year and two-year benchmarks. The recommendations are being developed to guide the future of the statewide developmental disabilities services system, and create a sustainable, quality environment for individuals with developmental disabilities to live, work, and learn […]