State-Funded Waivers: SELF Waiver Training – Through November 9

The FY2016-17 Executive Budget adds 3,000 state-funded waivers to begin to reduce Ohio’s waiting list. About 1,000 of those waivers are Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waivers, Ohio’s first participant-directed waiver. Five in-person training sessions will cover the unique aspects of the SELF Waiver. There is no charge to attend. Dates and locations include:

  • October 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center, Tiffin – Register online
  • October 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties, Akron – Register online
  • November 4, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg – Register online
  • November 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Athens County Library, Athens – Register online
Representing Clients in Guardianship Actions: Winning the Case for Supported Decision Making – October 20

NCLC logoSupported Decision-Making is an alternative to guardianship where older adults and people with disabilities work with trusted friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand the situations they face and the choices they must make so they can make their own decision, without the need for a guardian.

Representing Clients in Guardianship Actions: Winning the Case for Supported Decision Making is a free webinar offered by the National Consumer Law Center. This webinar will help you learn how to win the case for Supported Decision-Making at three critical stages: 1. when helping the people you work with access supports and services to live independently, 2. when a petition for guardianship has been filed, and 3. when the person you’re working with is under a guardianship.

Join Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Project Director-National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making, and Dr. C. Rick Ellis, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Forensic Psychologist at Spectrum Psychological and Forensic Service, on October 20 at 2:00 p.m. Register online.

This webinar is a sequel to the September 22 webinar, The Fine Art of Balancing Protection with Self Determination; the online replay is available for viewing on-demand.

If you have any questions, send an email to

Conferences and Events

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 25: The Past, The Present & The Future – October 23

Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL) will present The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: The Past, The Present & The Future from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on October 23 in Warrensville Heights. Cost is $35 per person. Read the event brochure for more information and registration details.

Healthy U in ASL for Deaf Community – November 3-December 16

Healthy U Ohio is a free, six week workshop to help you learn to manage chronic health conditions and feel healthier. The workshop will be offered in American Sign Language. Workshop and Completion Party sessions are November 3, 10, 17, and 24, and December 1, 8, and 16. All sessions are 1:30-4:00 p.m. and take place at the Columbus Colony Housing Library in Westerville. Learn more at an information session on October 20 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

If you have questions, contact Pam Groth at 614-515-2932 (videophone) or, or Rosalind Gjessing at 614-688-2928 or

OPRA 2015 Fall Conference – November 3-4, 2015

Registration now is open for the Ohio Provider Resource Association’s (OPRA) Fall Conference, November 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin. Open to direct support professionals, program directors, HR staff, County Board staff, consultants, and more, the conference is an opportunity to network, engage around the latest issues facing providers, find beneficial resources, and learn from first-rate speakers. Review the conference program for complete session details.

Registration fees start at $107.50. More information, including how to register, is available on OPRA’s website. If you have questions, contact OPRA at 614-224-6772 or

OCALICON – November 18-20

OCALICON 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. Learn more and register online.

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. MUIs are to be reported to the local County Board, however, if you feel that there is a conflict — or that a County Board potentially may be involved in the allegation – please call the hotline to report your concerns.