DODD’s Redesigned Website to Launch in Late February!

As a part of DODD’s mission to improve the quality of life for Ohio’s citizens with developmental disabilities, we strive to improve the technology that makes information about our system and its services as accessible as possible. During the past year, we have conducted surveys to gather user feedback on our current website at Survey responses have laid the foundation for a completely redesigned website. The more user-friendly site will launch in late February. Visit the current DODD website for updates.

Disaster Preparedness Training, February 28

The Ohio Disability and Health Program will be hosting a Disaster & Preparedness Training for People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers on February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center in Columbus. This is an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn about specific hazards and how to be prepared for them. Individuals are encouraged to bring a family member or caregiver with them to the training. All participants also receive a free Red Cross Emergency Preparedness kit and ‘Ready Now’ packet. Read this flyer with more information. Snacks and lunch are provided.

Employment First Training – The Path to Community Employment, March & April

Employment First, in partnership with The Ohio State University and Griffin Hammis Associates, is offering a training for professionals that will include steps to determine a person’s place on the Path to Community Employment, and the services and supports that can help them achieve positive employment outcomes. The training is free, and is being offered in six regions across Ohio. It also will address the career development process, creating individualized learning and work experiences, and the discovery process. Register for the training and please sign up for only one of the offerings.

Healthcare Advisory Committee Conference, March 12

The Healthcare Advisory Committee spring program is titled, “Orchestrating the Link of Alzheimer’s/Dementia and Down’s Syndrome, and Available Resources.” The event will be hosted at the Xenos Center, 1340 Community Park Dr., in Columbus, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. Speakers include: Kathy Service, R.N., of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services; Dawn C. Allain, MS, of the Clinical Internal Medicine Division of Human Genetics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and, Linda Council, R.N., who will present a one-hour OBN catalog law research presentation, including rules, for CEU credit. Register by March 4.

Goodwill Columbus Workshop: Building an Independent Life, March 21

Families & Friends Network (FFN) of Goodwill Columbus will host a workshop, Life After School & Beyond, on March 21, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 1331 Edgehill Road in Columbus. The annual spring workshop is for people interested in learning about available resources for adults with developmental disabilities. Sessions include information about the ABLE Act, including special needs trusts and guardianships; employment topics; financial information; and, a parent-child panel. Cost for up to two family members is $10 for FFN members, $20 for non-members (portion of fee waiver available) and includes refreshments, a take-home reference folder and a DVD of the Four L’s of Independence. To register, contact Pat Karshner,, or 614-885-2291.

In the News

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

Youngstown Developmental Center Closing in 2017 (WKBN); Ohio To Close 2 Centers For People With Disabilities (Findlay Courier © 02/11/2015); Montgomery Developmental Center to close (WDTN NBC Channel 2 © 02/11/2015); Home care needs independent providers (Columbus Dispatch © 02/15/2015); Ohio to close 2 centers for people with disabilities (Columbus WCMH-TV NBC 4 © 02/11/2015).

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 April 10-12 at YMCA Camp Wilson in Bellefontaine.  The 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, Look for registration information soon on the Ohio SIBS website.

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

Applications now are available for Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, a five-day leadership training program for 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.

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.