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: New Webinar, May 6

The service named Employer Authority allows a person participating in DD services to hire, fire, direct, and manage their service providers as employees.  With two different models available, and different features that characterize each, it can be difficult for families and non-agency providers to know which model is right for them. Join DODD staff members Lori Horvath and Roxanne Richardson, as they answer important questions about payment, certification, and other aspects of Employer Authority to help make navigating this system more manageable, and empower families and other providers to better understand the choices available to them. Register for the webinar online.

For more information about this and other DODD-sponsored webinars, visit the DODD Work Space.

Kindergarten Assessment and Readiness Webinar, May 1

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.

In the News

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

VSA Ohio, OCALI, launch Nexus to highlight programs and events for those on autism spectrum, (Cuyahoga Falls News Press © 04/27/2015); Museums get creative to engage disabled visitors, (Columbus Dispatch © 04/26/2015); Ohio House passes $71.5 billion biennial budget bill, (Stow Sentry © 04/26/2015).

Symposium for First Responders and Nurses, May 11

Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses is a training opportunity offered by The Ohio State University Nisonger Center on May 7.  Nurses, Emergency Medical Service personnel, and law enforcement attendees receive seven hours of Continuing Education Units. The training is a collaboration between The Ohio State university (OSU) Nisonger Center, the Ohio Disability and Health Program, The OSU Center for EMS, and The OSU Studio for Healthcare and Design. The training seeks to help attendees serve patients with disabilities. Sessions include panel discussions with self-advocates and First Responders. Registration is online now.

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 Thursday online.

Americans with Disabilities Act, Essay Contest – Entry Deadline, May 31

Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA! July 26, 2015, marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is one of the most significant civil rights laws impacting people with disabilities. On July 22 and 23, Columbus will host several events in recognition of this landmark legislation. Included in its celebration, the ADA 25 Columbus Planning Committee has announced an ADA 25 Columbus Essay Contest Call for Entries. Two winning essays will be selected, one from each age category. Each will be awarded a $250 prize. Winning essays will be included in a commemorative booklet, will be read on the VOICEcorps reading service radio program Morning Exchange, and published in disability-related media.

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, May 13 and 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, will feature many types of assistive technology that help people with disabilities get or keep a job—and will emphasize evaluation, funding, and training. The Tech II event 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, 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 OACB website for more information and registration.

The Arc of Ohio, Day at Cedar Point, May 20  

Register now! 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 thousands of people who attend 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 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.  Presentations will provide an update on the TIC initiative during the past year. Online registration for the Summit will open on or about May 1.

Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, August 2-6

Ohio’s Youth Leadership Forum, August 5-6, is 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.