The next issue of Pipeline, November 25, is our annual Thanksgiving Issue.

It will highlight some things for which we, in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community, are thankful.  Again this year we invite you to tell us for what you are thankful. Please submit items for consideration by November 19, to  A short paragraph and a photo, if appropriate, is best.

Here is last year’s Thanksgiving Issue: Pipeline, November 20, 2013

Project STIR: Job-Seeker Support Training Series, November-January

As part of the Family and Job Seeker Support for Ohio’s Employment First Initiative grant from DODD, ten Leadership Classes are offered around the state to inform job-seekers who have developmental disabilities and their families about self-advocacy, self determination, community employment, and the Employment First initiative. Information about these classes and how to register is included in a new flyer. Registration is required. Additional initiatives soon will be rolled out as part of the grant. For more information, contact Dana Charlton at

Reminder: 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, 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,; individuals and families contact your Franklin County Board of DD service coordinator, or Alex Corwin at

OCALICON 2014 – National Conference, November 19-21

OCALICON, considered the nation’s premier autism and disabilities conference, will be held November 19-21 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Keynote speakers include Dr. Ami Klin, Chief of Autism and Related Disorders at Emory University, and Dani Bowman, an 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 opportunity 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!

Supported Employment Excellence Training, December 8

The Ohio Waiver Network (OWN) will host Supported Employment Excellence training on December 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, in Columbus. Presenter Mike Heifner will provide information including Ten Components of Supported Employment Excellence, and how to develop an Employment First culture. Cost is $119 per person, including lunch, or $75 for OWN members.  Register at

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. Information and registration is at Note: The Disability Housing Network (DHN) track of sessions will be on Thursday, December 4.

SAVE THE DATE! Statewide 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! 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.