Autism Awareness: PLAY Project Delivers Positive Outcomes

During Autism Awareness Month, Pipeline shares information about efforts by DODD and our partners to learn more, diagnose earlier, and provide new training opportunities for families and professionals. What is the PLAY Project? The PLAY Project (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) is a play-based early intervention program that can improve social interaction, communication, and […]

Spotlight on Direct Support Professionals

DODD often spotlights Ohio’s direct support professionals, and is working with stakeholders and partners in the statewide DD community to improve the rate at which DSPs are paid (see budget article, this issue). In keeping up with developments, Pipeline attended the second annual Direct Support Professional (DSP) Summit, hosted yesterday by the Ohio Alliance of […]

Self-Advocates Host Legislative Advocacy Day

The Self-Advocate Advisory Council of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (FCBDD), along with the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), organized and hosted a legislative advocacy event on April 17, at the Bixby Living Skills Center in Columbus. More than 150 self-advocates attended – representing 11 counties from throughout Ohio’s DD system. Seven Ohio legislators, […]

Behavioral Support Strategies Rule, Statewide Training

A new rule, Behavioral Support Strategies That Include Restrictive Measures (5123:2-2-06), was effective January 1 this year, and aligns with the DODD person-centered philosophy. The rule applies to all persons and entities that provide specialized services — regardless of payment — including (but not limited to) County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, entities under contract with […]

Pipeline Pix

Teamwork Helps Nathan Fulfill Dream Leigh Spohler (left), Support Services Coordinator at the Madison County Board of DD (Matco), and Nathan Rouse, Customer Service Associate at the Georgesville Square Lowe’s, Columbus, pause for a snapshot in the Garden Center. Nathan came to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) from a workshop at Matco to begin […]


Two County Board of DD Levies on May 5 Ballot Two Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities have levies on the May 5 ballot: Hancock County, 1.9 mills, renewal Scioto, 1.95 mills, additional Information about the ballot issues and general voting information is on the Secretary of State’s website. Employer Authority – How it Works: […]