Governor John Kasich: Official Swearing-In Ceremony and Inauguration

The Office of the Governor notes that the official swearing-in ceremony will be at midnight, Monday, January 12 in the Ohio Senate Chamber. Governor Kasich, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, and Kasich Administration cabinet members will take their oaths of office during a brief ceremony. The official inauguration will be at 11:30 a.m., January 12 at the Southern Theater in Columbus. This is a ticketed event. Members of the public may visit to enter for a chance to win a ticket. All entries must be submitted by December 31. The Inaugural Gala will be at 8 p.m., January 12 at the Hilton Columbus. This is a ticketed, invitation-only event.

Interested in Starting a Next Chapter Book Club? Training, February 18

The Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC), a Columbus-based nonprofit organization that organizes book clubs for people with developmental disabilities, will offer training for organizations interested in becoming affiliate members. The training — in Columbus on February 18 — will cover an introduction to the NCBC model, and how establishing book clubs that include people served in Ohio’s DD system can further community integration. The cost of the training is $550 per organization. Download the registration form, and complete it by February 6. Questions? Call Jillian Ober at (614) 685-6718 or Tom Fish at (614) 685-8723.

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 is now online. Contact for the event is Councilman McGrady at

New Transportation Advocacy Group to Meet January 14

A new Transportation Advocacy Group is seeking participants with disabilities, and will meet January 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at new Mount Carmel West /Medical Offices, First Floor, 777 West State Street in Columbus. Call the Center for Disability Empowerment to Register: (614) 575-8055. Parking vouchers are available at meeting.

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

Ohio Public Images (OPI) has announced the theme for the statewide 2015 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (March) campaign – Can Do, Like You!  The annual campaign helps to create positive awareness of persons with developmental disabilities. Artwork, posters, and other products with the Can Do, Like You! logo will be ready to ship on January 2. Visit the Ohio Public Images website for more information.

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

The OPI Call for Entries for the organization’s annual Media and Awareness Awards for the period December 1, 2013, through November 30, 2014, 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.

Statewide DD Awareness & Advocacy Day, March 3

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.