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Historic Investment in Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities June 30, Governor John R. Kasich signed the FY2016-17 Executive Budget, investing $286 million in Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The largest one-time investment in the system will increase opportunities for individuals to live and work the community. It adds 3,000 new waivers, and allows for a much-deserved wage […]

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APSI Recognizes Advocacy Efforts June 10, Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI) recognized David A. Zwyer and Rick Russo for their advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award David, associate director of the Ohio pooled trust program-Community Fund Management Foundation (CFMF), received the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award. This award is given annually […]

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Recognizing Ongoing Contributions to Ohio’s DD Community Regarded as the “mother of services” for people with developmental disabilities in Allen County, long-time DD advocate Mary Ann Brown recently was inducted in to the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Over the years, Mary Ann has brought comfort to families facing the challenges of a child […]

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Supported Employment Success Story, Mahoning County Rickie Salus started at No Limits Day Center, part of Turning Point Residential Inc., with the goal of gaining community employment … … He began working at T.J. Maxx with a group supported by Turning Point’s Employment Services and learned the fundamentals of the retail business, working with other […]

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Giant Eagle, Champions of Opportunity Giant Eagle was recognized last week by DODD state agency partner Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) for its efforts to provide quality employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The OOD Champion of Opportunity Award was presented by OOD Executive Director Kevin Miller, to Jeremy Shapira, the senior director and […]

Pipeline Pix – Leola Howe Retires with 57 Years of Service

Sunshine Communities hosted an open house last week to celebrate the career of a Direct Support Professional (DSP) retiring after 57 years of dedicated service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leola Howe, known widely as “Miss Lee,” is one of the original employees hired by the agency’s founders shortly after opening the doors […]