Registration is Full! Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day, March 3

Registration for Ohio’s annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse, is full! Due to space limitations at the Ohio Statehouse, event participation is limited to the first 450 registrants. All registrants will receive a message within the next two weeks with details, including any legislative visits, if applicable. This year’s program includes People First of Ohio President Paul Day, Best Buddies Ambassador Jody Mann, DODD Director John Martin, and other excellent presenters. Check the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council website for updates and more information. The 2015 DD Awareness Month theme is Can Do, Like You – see the free logo artwork and more on the Ohio Public Images website.

Health & Safety: Winter 2015 Well-Informed Newsletter now online

The newest edition of the DODD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Unit’s Well-Informed newsletter now is online. Each issue focuses on topics that impact the health and welfare of the individuals we serve. This edition includes several articles with a medical focus including articles on anticoagulant medications, tracheostomy cuff measurements, and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). The MUI Unit always is interested in new items to include in the publication so that the content remains varied, interesting, and informative. If you have ideas for future articles, please contact the office at 614-995-3810.

Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities to Meet, February 18

The Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities next meeting is February 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the office of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Ken Campbell Meeting Room, 150 East Campus View Boulevard in Columbus. Parking is free, and accessible in front of the building. Contact for the meeting is Donna Foster,, or call 614-438-1394.

Hancock County to Host Workshops for Siblings in February and March

The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, or other health issues. The Project’s Sibshops are workshops founded on the belief that disabilities, illnesses, and mental health concerns affect the lives of all family members. The Hancock County Board of DD is hosting Sibshops on February 28 and March 21. Call 419-422-8173 for more information, and visit

In the News

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

Report says 98 arrested last year for Ohio human trafficking, (Dayton Daily News © 01/27/2015

‘Certified’ home-care providers can deceive, (Columbus Dispatch © 02/01/2015)

Here’s some early reaction to John Kasich’s budget plan, (Cleveland Plain Dealer © 02/02/2015)

DODD Cost Report Training, March 11

DODD and the County Board Cost Report Committee will offer Cost Report training on March 11, at 1980 W. Broad Street in Columbus, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This training will benefit anyone who prepares or assists with Cost Reports.  Topics will include preparation, common mistakes, best practices, cost report settlement, Title XX changes, and other topics. The training format will be somewhat different than past trainings, adding the vast experience and expertise of various business managers who will share their techniques, reports, templates, and other tips that they have learned over their years preparing cost reports at the grassroots level. Registration for the annual training is now online.

SIBS Looking Forward Transition Retreat, April 10-12

The Ohio SIBS Looking Forward transition retreat is set for April 10-12 at YMCA Camp Wilson in Bellefontaine.  This camp is a great opportunity for students with disabilities, ages 17 – 22, and their siblings, ages 15 – 25.  If you or someone you know is interested in attending this retreat, contact Dr. Tom Fish at McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210, and look for registration information coming soon to the Ohio SIBS website.

Save the Dates! Youth Leadership Forum, August 2-6 — Applications Now Online

Applications are available now for Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, a five-day leadership training program for high school students with disabilities who are in grades 11 and 12. Sponsored by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, and by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Forum offers opportunities for student delegates to learn about choosing a career, disability as a culture, technology and resources, and self advocacy. Delegates meet professionals with disabilities, and take time to develop their own Personal Leadership Plan to set goals in education, employment, and the community.

Summer Internships Available

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) 2015 Summer Internships will be available again this summer in Washington, DC. For details, see their Summer Internship Announcement.

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.