Ohio Department of Health Good Lookers Training – September 1

Good Lookers! Helping Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments to Use Their Remaining Vision is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. September 1 in Caldwell. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Register online – search for course ID# 1034397. Contact Karen Auble at or 614-728-9183 with questions.

Note: This workshop will be held December 3 in Medina.

Behavior Support Strategies Training – Online

The first module in the Behavior Support Strategies series reviews the new rule (5123:2-2-06), the principles of person-centered planning, restricted and prohibited measures, and the roles and responsibilities of QIDPs, Human Rights Committees and DODD. This module takes 20-30 minutes to complete, and is free and open to the public. Additional modules will be available on the Training page of DODD’s website.

Customer Relationship Management/Individual Data System Training – Online

Training on the new Individual Data System (IDS) application/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) now is available. If you use IDS, you are encouraged to complete this training, including Login and search, Creating a new record, Edit information and Individual Transfer Record (ITR). If you have questions about the IDS training, send an email to

Conferences and Events

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

Camp Blue Skies, an overnight camp for adults (age 21 and over) who have developmental disabilities, is September 14-18 at Recreation Unlimited in Ashley, Ohio. Learn more about camp life, activities, and how to register.

6th Annual Ohio Direct Support Professional Recognition Event – September 16

The sixth annual Ohio Direct Support Professional Recognition Event is September 16. Register online. If you have questions, contact Katrina Sacay at 866-862-2322, extension 5, or

OCALICON – November 18-20

OCALICON, the nation’s premier event in autism, AT, and low-incidence disabilities, is November 18-20 in Columbus. The conference is a face-to-face gathering of national leaders, educators, parents, service providers, self-advocates, scholars, and policy makers to examine common concerns and share proven solutions that address issues faced by individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities across their lifespan. Early Bird Registration closes July 31. Learn more and register online.

Family Advisory Council Meeting – September 8

The next Family Advisory Council Meeting is September  8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the training room at Columbus Developmental Center in Columbus. Agenda topics include Who is the New Family Liaison? with Kim Weimer; Director Chats with Director Martin and Lori Horvath; Guardianship with Blaine Brockman, Attorney; and Medicaid, Medicare, Eligibility with John Lamotte, Social Security Administration.

To RSVP, contact Michele Kanode at 614-644-0265 or

In the News

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, however, there may be times an individual, staff member, or family member may feel it is a conflict — or that a County Board potentially may be involved in the allegation. In those instances, the hotline number can be used to report concerns.

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