NOTE: Registration is Closed for The Arc of Ohio Training, March 26

The Arc of Ohio will host a one-day informational event for individuals, families, and professionals to learn more about the proposed 2016-2017 state budget, as well as participate in an afternoon of facilitated discussion regarding the future of independent service providers in Ohio. The event will be at the Hollywood Casino in Columbus — a free and accessible meeting space, able to accommodate a large number of attendees. Due to the venue’s legal restrictions, only adults 21 and over may attend.

Ohio PASRR Education Training Day, March 26

Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) is a federal requirement to help ensure that individuals are not inappropriately placed in nursing homes for long term care. Register today to attend the PASRR: Then and Now – Working Together to Rebalance Long-Term Care education and training day on March 26 at the Ohio Department of Transportation Auditorium, 1980 West Broad St., in Columbus. The training is sponsored by the Ohio Departments of Developmental Disabilities, Aging, Health, Medicaid, and Mental Health and Addiction Services. Space is limited. For more information, contact Brandon Sturgill, PASRR Bureau Quality Manager at, or 614-752-9853.

OPRA Conference, April 7-8 – Registration is Open

The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) spring conference will be April 7-8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, in Dublin. The conference offers an opportunity for hundreds of attendees and dozens of exhibiting companies to network and learn from each other. Program content provides several high-level learning opportunities that enable professional growth, and prepare attendees to take new information and important new ideas back to share with others in the communityRead more about Conference sessions and speakers and see the registration information at

ODOT to Host Accessible Vehicle Fair, April 15

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) annual Accessible Vehicle Fair will be April 15 at the Ohio Expo Center (Lausche Building). The event is intended for administrative and vehicle maintenance staff from any organization that provides transportation services, such as transit providers, taxi companies, senior centers, and County Boards of DD. Attendees will be able to see the latest wheelchair-accessible vehicles, including models offered on ODOT’s term contracts. Vendor representatives will be on hand to answer questions, and educational sessions will include topics such as mobility management, technological innovations, and funding. For more information, see the event flyer.

PAR Training – School-to-Work Transition and More, April 29 & 30

Professsionals, Advocates, Resources (PAR) Training on School-to-Work Transition and Social Security Benefit Programs in 2015, including young adult benefits, will be hosted on April 29, at the Delaware County Board of DD, and on April 30, at the Educational Service Center (ESC) in Independence. For details and registration information, visit the PAR website.

Direct Support Professional Summit, April 28

The second annual Direct Support Professional (DSP) Summit will be April 28 at the Xenos complex, 1340 Community Park Dr., in Columbus. The DSP Summit is packed with unique, fun, and informative presentations that will leave DSPs full of ideas, knowledge, and inspiration. It is the only event of its kind in Ohio, and among the premier conferences for DSPs in the nation! Last year’s event sold out, so register today! The Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) receives a small grant from the Ohio DD Council to help defray the cost of theevent, and helps keep the registration at $35 per DSP.  Attendees receive five Continuing Education Units (CEUs), lunch, and a one-year membership to OADSP and the national association, NADSP. The Summit is collaboratively planned by the Ohio DSP Council, funded by Ohio DD Council, and is comprised of leading DSPs from around the state. For more information contact Bethany Toledo at

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 on the Ohio SIBS website.

Call for Presentations: State of Ohio 13th Annual IDD/MI Conference, September

The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD) is seeking three-hour and 90-minute workshop proposals for the 13th Annual State of Ohio IDD/MI Conference (Individuals with Developmental Disabilities/ Mental Illness), September 21-22 at the Crown Plaza Columbus North Hotel. Proposals are encouraged to illustrate this year’s theme: Mental Health Aspects – Treatment and Support, and must be received by NADD no later than April 24. Submissions received after that date will not be considered. Notification of acceptance will be sent by email by April 30. Submit your proposal online.

Franklin County Self Advocate Group Sponsors Legislative Meeting, April 17

The Franklin County Board of DD Self Advocate Advisory Council is finalizing plans for their second annual Legislative Advocacy Day on April 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Bixby Living Skills Center, 4200 Bixby Road, in Groveport.  Several legislators are expected to attend to seek feedback from self advocates on various legislative initiatives — including the recently-introduced biennium budget proposals.

Assistive Technology Vendor Fair, April 23

The annual Assistive Technology Fair will be held on April 23 at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) office, 470 Glenmont Ave. in Columbus, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is no registration fee, and there will be door prizes and hands-on demonstrations of assistive technology devices. For details, or to register, call Barbara Conner at 614-753-4679.

Tech II – Assistive Technology Fair, May 13-14

Tech II – Technology Toward Employment, will build on last year’s successful technology conference that focused only on tablets. On May 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 350 N. High St. in Columbus, Tech II will present all types of assistive technology that helps people with disabilities get or keep a job—and will emphasize evaluation, funding, and training. Tech II will include hands-on exhibits, break-out sessions, and opportunities to talk one-on-one with assistive technology experts. It is sponsored by DODD,  Ohio DD Council, Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council, Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, Disability Rights Ohio, CareSource, and the Ohio Olmstead Task Force. Registration is $150, and financial assistance and scholarships are available on a limited first-come, first served basis. Registration information is online now.

Save the Dates! OACB Spring Conference, May 14-15

The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD spring conference will be May 14-15 at the Columbus Hilton at Easton. Join DD service professionals from across the state for two days of professional development and discussions of the latest trends and best practices in the industry. Registration will open on April 1. For more information, visit

Mark Your Calendar! The Arc of Ohio, Day at Cedar Point, May 20  

The annual Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20. Registration will be online by April 1, but mark your calendars now!

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.