Stay Healthy! Check out two new and timely Health and Welfare Alerts!

Winter Weather and Preventing the Flu, along with the rest of our Alerts, are archived online.

Stay Informed! New 2015 MUI Training Schedule

The first half of this year’s Major Unusual Incident Unit (MUI) Training schedule, along with registration information, now is available online at the MUI Training page. Based on feedback from DODD agency partners, the MUI Unit has expanded the number of health and welfare webinars offered, and added new training topics including new webinar series’ on Choking, and Preventing Falls. These programs are presented by experts in the field, and highlight multiple aspects of choking and falling that specifically impact people with developmental disabilities. In addition, the 2015 Training Schedule includes basic MUI Rule training, Unusual Incident investigations, and other often-requested topics. Contact the MUI Unit at 614-995-3810 with any questions, or with suggestions for future training subjects.

Employment First – New Opportunity! Deadline to Apply, January 28

Ohio recently was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy as a core state for the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program. Through this partnership, Ohio will receive expert technical assistance to support eight agencies (public and private) in transforming their facility-based services to community-based employment and day supports. Applications must be submitted by email only, to, with Project Transformation 2.0 in the subject line. Deadline is 5 p.m., January 28. Learn more by visiting the Ohio Employment First website.

Different Needz Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The Different Needz Foundation 2015 grant application period has begun. Applications are for medical services or equipment that will benefit people with developmental disabilities, their families, and organizations that serve them. Qualifying applications must be post-marked no later than March 2. Grant applications are available at the Foundation’s website, and awards will be announced by the Foundation in May.

In the News

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

Koinonia, Alliance for Working Together program is opening doors, (Crains Cleveland Business © 01/11/2015)

OU-L to open Bobcat Bistro on Monday, (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette © 01/11/2015)

Artists with disabilities showcase talents at Margaret Clark Morgan Gallery, (Hudson Hub Times © 01/11/2015)

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 is in Columbus on February 18, and will cover an introduction to the NCBC model, and how establishing book clubs that include people served in Ohio’s DD system can promote community integration. The cost of the training is $550 per organization. Download the registration form, and complete it by February 6. Call Jillian Ober at 614- 685-6718 or Tom Fish at 614- 685-8723 with any questions.

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.