Passage of Both County Board of DD Levies on May 5 Ballot

Two County Boards of DD had levy requests on the May 5 primary election ballots. Both were passed, according to unofficial final results from the counties’ Boards of Elections. Congratulations to all! Information about the ballot issues and general election information is on the Secretary of State’s website.

  • Hancock County: Renewal – 1.9 mills (5 years) – PASSED, with 80.9 percent of the vote
  • Scioto County:  Additional – 1.95 mills (5 years) – PASSED, with 61.57 percent of the vote

Start Planning! 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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 millions of people with disabilities. Columbus will host events in recognition of this landmark legislation on July 22 and 23. DODD will report on these and other events around the state in future issues of Pipeline, as well as on our Facebook  and Twitter pages.

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

Family Advisory Council – Next Meeting, June 16

The next DODD Family Advisory Council (FAC) meeting is June 16 at Columbus Developmental Center, 1601 W. Broad Street. The agenda will include an update on the budget, and related news at the state and national level, presented by Director John Martin. For more information about FAC or this upcoming meeting, contact Tom Hess at, or Michele Kanode at

In the News

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

Disabled Crime Victims to Get More Help from the State, (Columbus Dispatch, © May 5, 2015); Legislation being considered in Ohio House would remove ‘mentally retarded’ references from state law, (Cuyahoga Falls News Press © May 6, 2015).

Register Now!  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 TIC.  Presentations will provide an update on the TIC initiative during the past year. View complete conference details and registration online now.

Camp Blue Skies – Overnight Camp for Adults, September 14-18

Registration is open for Camp Blue Skies, an overnight camp for adults, age 21 and over, who have developmental disabilities. This five-day camp offers adults opportunities to make friends, participate in fun and unique activities, and develop skills for healthful and independent living within a traditional camp setting. Activities include fishing and canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, bingo, field games, campfire, and much more. Camp Blue Skies takes place September 14-18 at Recreation Unlimited, a fully accredited camp in Ashley, Ohio. More details are available in this brochure and at the Camp Blue Skies website.

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.