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 — from those who have just begun to recruit, hire, and retain individuals with disabilities, to those with a proven track record of integrating individuals with disabilities into their work force. OOD representatives will be visiting the 2014 award winners in-person for award presentations during the next few months. Kudos to OOD for spotlighting these Ohio employers.

Let’s Talk About College Seminar, November 16

On Sunday, November 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Ohio State University Student Union, there will be an opportunity for parents and self advocates of the Down Syndrome community to participate in a seminar for teens and adults to talk about post-secondary education options.  For details, email Lauren Flynn at

Training Sponsored by Ohio Partners in Justice, December 9

On December 9, join Ohio Partners in Justice presenters as they discuss the revised Behavior Support Rule and how it may impact processes, assessments, environmental supports, Major Unusual Incidents and writing Behavior Support Plans for individuals with intellectual disabilities who engage in sexually offensive conduct or other conduct that places the individual or others at risk for harm.  Training will be held at the ODOT Auditorium in Columbus from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register today!

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.

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

Break Every Chain: Human Trafficking Conference, January 17

Combatting human trafficking in Ohio is one of Governor John Kasich’s key initiatives. In support of this work, the Reynoldsburg Youth Human Trafficking Coalition and Councilman Cornelius McGrady III will host their annual “Break Every Chain” anti-human trafficking conference on January 17 in Reynoldsburg. More information and registration information will be available shortly. Contact for the event is Councilman McGrady, at

Ohio Public Images: Call for Entries Announced

Ohio Public Images (OPI), an information and advocacy organization encouraging positive perceptions of people with developmental disabilities, has announced the ‘Call for Entries’ for its annual Media and Awareness Awards during the timeframe December 1, 2013 – November 30, 2014. Entries eligible for consideration must have been published, broadcast, scheduled, produced, or occurred within those dates. The awards competition honors individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who, through their exceptional efforts, have created a greater understanding of people with developmental disabilities. It also recognizes outstanding self advocates, elected officials, and employers who champion and support people with developmental disabilities. The ‘Call for Entries’ is posted on the OPI website at

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

Next year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day will be March 3, 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.