Save the Date!  Second Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, June 17

DODD and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will host the Second Annual Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Summit on June 17, at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel in Columbus. The Summit, “Creating Environments of Resiliency and Hope in Ohio,” is designed to promote a shared understanding of the concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, as well as to contribute to a better understanding of the principles of trauma-informed care.  In addition, Summit presentations will provide an update on the TIC initiative during the past year, and showcase Trauma-Informed Care Champion agencies and organizations in Ohio. Online registration for the Summit will open on or about May 1.

Introducing: Ohio Benefits Long-Term Care Initiative

The Ohio Department of Medicaid and its partner state agencies, including DODD, have introduced Ohio Benefits Long-Term Care, a new initiative to rebalance long-term care spending, and ensure that individuals receive the services and supports they need. The initiative will launch July 1. Some Ohio County Boards of DD will be community-based entry points where people can get this information. Individuals currently served will be able to connect to other benefits for which they may be eligible, and people who are new to the system can be pointed in the right direction for more information. A website will debut in July at Please direct any questions to the Ohio Benefits Long-Term Care Communications team at

OCALI Announces New, Informative Series

The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)/Family Center is providing a new, free opportunity. Third Thursday, a new monthly one-hour webstream series, is designed for families of individuals with disabilities. Each month, you can learn from experts in the field as they address hot topics and key concerns, and provide research-based, tested practices and strategies to help address families’ most pressing needs.  Read more about Third Thursdays online.

Red Treehouse and ODE Announce Kindergarten Assessment and Readiness Webinar

On May 1, from noon until 1:00 p.m., the Ohio Department of Education (ODE), in partnership with Red Treehouse, will hold a Kindergarten Assessment and Readiness webinar designed to provide parents of preschoolers, ages three and four, with information about kindergarten.  Wendy Grove, Ph.D., and Director of the Office of Learning and School Readiness at ODE, is the presenter.

Apps for People with Disabilities

A challenge has been issued by AT&T and New York University to develop new apps for people with disabilities.  For inspiration, hear some highlights featuring people who have a disability. They talk about what they need to improve their lives. The challenge is to develop an application that will do so.

Last Call for Nominees! APSI’s Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award

The Ron Kozlowski award is presented annually to a person or entity outside of Advocacy and Protective Services Inc. (APSI) who has demonstrated a lifetime of achievement in advocacy for individuals with DD, and who has a long-term connection with these efforts within the service system. Applications must be received by April 28! The award will be presented at the APSI Staff Luncheon in June. To nominate someone, complete the form on APSI’s website. The form may be downloaded, printed, and faxed to Cindy Ison at 614-262-3838, or scanned and emailed to her at

In the News

Items in the news concerning Ohio’s developmental disabilities community include:

Home health community wary of proposed changes, (Bucyrus Telegraph Forum © April 4, 2015)

YSU College Democrats Join Fight for YDC, (WKBN27 © April 5, 2015)

Bill would mandate review process for privatization of state institutions, facilities, (Columbus Daily Reporter © April 10, 2015)

How best to serve developmentally disabled adults?, (Toledo Blade © April 12, 2015)

Franklin County Self Advocate Group Sponsors Legislative Meeting, April 17

The Franklin County Board of DD Self-Advocate Advisory Council’s second annual Legislative Advocacy Day is April 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Bixby Living Skills Center, 4200 Bixby Road, in Groveport. Several Ohio legislators will attend to listen to and seek feedback from self-advocates on various legislative issues and initiatives, including the biennium budget proposal. For more information about the Self-Advocate Advisory Council, visit the FCBDD website.

People First of Ohio Annual Meeting, April 25

The People First of Ohio Annual Meeting will be Saturday, April 25, at Roberts Convention Centre in Wilmington. The agenda will include information about upcoming changes to the developmental disabilities service system, as well as election of new People First of Ohio Board members. Register now, and learn more.   

Direct Support Professional Summit, April 28

The second annual Direct Support Professional Summit is April 28 at the Xenos complex, 1340 Community Park Dr., Columbus. DSP Summit presentations will offer DSPs new ideas and inspiration. The only event of its kind in Ohio, 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 the event, 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, comprised of leading DSPs from around the state, and funded by Ohio DD Council. For more information, contact Bethany Toledo at 

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

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

Annual IDD/MI Conference, Call for Presentations due by April 24

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 emailed by April 30. Submit your proposal online.

Franklin County Provider Fair, May 13

It gets bigger every year! Save the date for the next Franklin County Board of DD Provider Fair, May 13. This event will be held at the Lausche Building on the Ohio State Fairgrounds from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Plans are being made for even more space for displays and conversations, and more parking for providers and attendees. Details will be provided on the FCBDD website as plans are finalized.

Tech II – Assistive Technology Fair, May 13-14

Tech II – Technology Toward Employment, builds on last year’s conference that focused only on tablets. This year, on May 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Tech II will present many types of assistive technology that help 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 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. Financial assistance and scholarships are available on a limited, first-come/first-served basis. Registration is online now.

OACB Spring Conference, May 14-15

The Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) spring conference is May 14-15 at the Columbus Hilton at Easton. Join DD services professionals from across the state for two days of professional development and discussions of the latest trends and best practices across the state and nation. Visit the OACBDD website for more information and registration.

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

Registration is now open! Request your tickets today for this annual event for Ohioans with disabilities, their families, friends, providers, and support staff. The day is open to everyone. The Arc encourages you to join the the approximately 10,000 people who have attended each year. Cedar Point has donated a limited number of admission tickets and free picnic lunches again this year, and those tickets will be distributed as fairly as possible.  All others can participate for $32.00 (almost half the regular admission price) and purchase picnic lunches for $9.95 each.

Save the Dates! Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, August 2-6

Applications are now open for Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, August 5-6, a five-day leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade high school students with disabilities, sponsored by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). Student delegates learn about choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture, available technology and resources, and self and systems advocacy. They are introduced to professionals with disabilities and have an opportunity to develop their own Personal Leadership Plan to reach goals in education, employment and the community.  Applications are online 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.