New Tool for Business E-Access

The partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a federally-funded organization that focuses is on employment accessibility, with a primary goal of improving the accessibility of online application systems. PEAT has created a tool for assessing an organization’s accessibility in recruitment, employment, and policy for individuals with disabilities. Features include an action guide for employers, informational articles, and ‘TechCheck,’ an interactive tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices, and to find resources to help develop them. See more at

Project STIR Training for Job Seekers and Families, December 12

There still are a few openings available for self-advocates and family members to sign up for a Project STIR training December 12 in Pickerington, from noon to 4:00 p.m.  Attendees will connect with others and move forward on the path to community employment. To sign up, call 614-563-0788 or email

ODOT Accepting Applications for Specialized Transportation Grants Program

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is accepting applications for vehicles, computer hardware and software, communications equipment, capitalized maintenance, and mobility management as part of a Specialized Transportation Grants program to support transportation services that meet the needs of people with disabilities and senior citizens. ODOT is accepting applications only for projects in small urban and rural areas. The FY 2015 application deadline is February 6. To request an application, contact Macie Legge at 614- 728-9609 or In addition, ODOT has released a state-wide transit needs report. The report details transportation needs of Ohioans and explains how much funding is needed to meet those needs. It also shows that many people with disabilities need and do not have affordable public transit.

Deadline is December 31 for Iraq Veterans to Apply for Ohio Veterans Bonus

Many Pipeline readers are Ohio veterans, who may be eligible for the Ohio Veteran Bonus. Ohio veterans who served in Iraq have less than a month to meet the December 31 deadline to apply for the bonus. This deadline applies to Ohio-resident veterans and Ohio residents currently in active duty military who served in Iraq from March 19, 2003 through December 31, 2011. The bonus will continue to be awarded to Ohio-resident veterans and active duty service members from Ohio who served in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world, since October 7, 2001. Eligibility for the bonus will end when the President declares an end to the war in Afghanistan. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services asks all eligible veterans to apply online.

Break Every Chain: Human Trafficking Conference, January 11

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 11 in Reynoldsburg, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg High School Summit campus, 8579 Summit Road. Information and registration information now online. Contact for the event is Councilman McGrady, at

DD Awareness Month Theme Announced for 2015 – Can Do, Like You!

Free artwork will be online soon at

The 2015 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March) theme is “Can Do, Like You!” The concept is designed to be used for March events around the state, and can be used all year, if desired. Ohio Public Images (OPI), a not-for-profit corporation promoting positive perceptions of people with developmental disabilities, creates the annual statewide theme, and allows for easy customization by County Boards of DD and other service providers to unify and brand their local efforts. Look for posters and other materials online at

Reminder: Media and Awareness Awards – Entry Deadline, January 10, 2015

The OPI ‘Call for Entries’ for the organization’s annual Media and Awareness Awards for the period December 1, 2012, through November 30, 2013, is underway. Entries eligible for consideration in this competition must have been published, broadcast, scheduled, produced, or occurred during that timeframe. Look for the official Call for Entries on the OPI website at ‘Ohio Awards.’ Entry deadline is January 10, and winners will be recognized at a luncheon March 12, at the Ohio Association of Superintendents of County Boards conference.

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.