In the News

Recent news clips relevant to Ohio’s developmental disabilities community include:

Uncertain future for workshops (Ashtabula Star Beacon © 12/29/2014)

ACBDD to host forum on upcoming federal changes (Athens Messenger © 12/28/2014)

Special-needs residents to get into events free (Toledo Blade © 12/28/2014)

Summit County Artists Showcase Talents, January 15

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) is hosting an opening reception for its Dream Out Loud Studio art exhibition. The reception will be held at the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro Street in Hudson, on January 15, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At Dream Out Loud Studio, artists with developmental disabilities have opportunities to hone creative skills, enjoy personal expression, and gain independence as valuable members of the community. The January 15th reception kicks off the exhibition, which runs through March 4th. During this time, more than 30 pieces of art will be displayed at the Hudson gallery.  Artwork includes pieces by individual Summit DD artists and collaborative works by multiple artists. More information at

New Transportation Advocacy Group Meets 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.

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

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.

DD Awareness Month Theme 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. Free artwork is online now, and posters and other products with the theme are ready to ship. Visit the Ohio Public Images website for more information.

Statewide DD Awareness & Advocacy Day, March 3

The annual statewide Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day is slated for March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium and Museum Gallery. Details coming soon! 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.