April 2017
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From the Superintendent

As we prepare to complete the transition of Beckman, Franks, and Kidd adult centers next week, I want to take a moment to recognize the wonderful people who made it possible for us to operate our adult centers for so many years.

To all of our adult center staff, I cannot thank you enough, both for your services and for your role in a smooth transition. This has been a long process, full of uncertainty. Despite that uncertainty, each of you continued to focus on providing the highest quality services every day to the people who attend the centers. You could have lost sight of our mission, but you didn't. Your work and dedication is truly appreciated. Thank you!

The adult centers have played a prominent role in our history, and we will not forget that. Throughout this process, our priority has been to ensure the best services for individuals who attended each building. Keeping programs and staff largely unchanged for those who attend was important, and we're glad so many of you chose to continue with Active Day.

While the path has been long and not always clear, you have all shown incredible patience and unfailing dedication to the people we support. Thank you so much for your service. We wish you the best of luck as you embark on this new endeavor. 

Alice C. Pavey

2016 Report to the CommunityAnnualReport

The Hamilton County DD Services 2016 Report to the Community is now available. This annual report provides an overview of how we support people, shares some of the specific work we did to improve last year, and highlights a few stories to give you a window into the lives of people we serve.

Click here to view the annual report. A printable PDF version is available at the end of the report.

Questions or feedback? Email Community Relations Director  Ryan J. Braun.

2017 Transformation Series

Several providers in Hamilton County, and across the state, are hosting open houses to spotlight new and innovative community-based services.  See the participating agencies and schedule a visit here.

DODD is also hosting a Transformation Summit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. It's a free event, but space is limited. Get more details and register here.
Provider Fair a Success

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent provider fair! It was a great opportunity to connect our network of providers to SSAs, funding specialists and other staff. 

And special thanks to SSA Supervisors Alva Means (who took the photos), Matt Goodrich and Jennifer Mitchell-Gumm for coordinating the event!  See more on our Facebook page.

Shannon Molloy, center,  with her 
parents Mark and Cindy Molloy
Photo by WCPO
A new program at the University of Cincinnati is designed specifically for young adults with autism and significant needs. IMPACT Innovation helps improve participants' communication, social and job skills with the help of UC students who serve as peer mentors. Participants work every day within the community or in on-campus jobs and thereby learn valuable skills that will help them gain community-integrated employment.

While Shannon Molloy has had difficulty finding a program that offers enough challenge without being overwhelming, IMPACT Innovation has proved itself to be a life-changing experience.  "I've referred to it as her Goldilocks experience," said Cindy Molloy, Shannon's mother. "This program has a lot of very challenging activities. But it also comes with the supports that she needs to be successful in those activities. So it's absolutely just right."

Public Comment on Proposed Waiver Changes

DODD has proposed amendments to waivers and is accepting public comments on the changes until May 17. You can see the details of each proposal and how to submit comments with the links below.

IO Waiver
Level 1 Waiver
Judge Rules DRO Lawsuit May Proceed

A federal judge has rejected requests by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the state has effectively segregated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in institutions by failing to provide accessible community- or home-based services.

Ohio House Introduces Its Budget Proposal

The Ohio House of Representative has introduced their substitute budget bill.The proposal removes nearly all of the new funding for DODD that has been in Gov. Kasich's proposed executive budget.

Read the Arc's analysis
and learn how you can make your voice heard.

  • Speak Up - Stay Safe. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the TALL Institute, 10865 Indeco Dr. Free training to inform and support people in learning how to be safe and healthy in the community. For parents, caregivers, and professionals to explain purpose and content of a peer-to-peer training session to be held May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 2 registration here. May 16 registration here.
  • Employment First and Home and Community Based Services Public Forum. Two sessions. 10 a.m. to noon or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Downtown Library, Tower Room, 800 Vine Street. Registration and more information here.
  • Pigabilities. 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6. This one-mile event is open to people with disabilities of all ages who want to be part of the Flying Pig Marathon weekend but do not want to compete. Registration is $15 and must be complete by April 23. Click here for information.
  • Safe and Supported Families. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at Lighthouse Youth Services, 401 E. McMillan St. This workshop aims to equip family members with the knowledge, skills, and resources to better understand and support the LGBTQ young person in their life. Register here.
  • Transition Bootcamp Booster Session - SSI & SSDI. 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at Children's Hospital, 3430 Burnet Ave. This in-depth, interactive, and free session will help you learn more about SSI and SSDI for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities and/or complex medical needs. See the flyer here. Register here.
  • HCDDS Board Meeting. 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road.
  • Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, Children's Hospital, 3430 Burnet Ave. Use the tools from Charting the LifeCourse to begin to map your vision for your family, your child and Ohio. Click here for details.
  • Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Wellness and Advocacy Fair. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave. Features health screenings, advocacy training, community resources and more. See the flyer here.
  • Nami Walks 5K.  10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Sawyer Point. Hamilton County DD Services has a team participating in this walk. Click here for more information or contact Renee Dunn.
  • Bobbie B. Fairfax School presents "The Wizard of Oz." 10 a.m. May 18 and 19 at the school, 4999 Kingsley Drive. Check out their Facebook page to see photos of each show.
  • Margaret B. Rost School Graduation. Arrive by 6 p.m. event begins at 6:30 p.m. May 19, at the school, 5858 Bridgetown Road. The graduation ceremony will also be streamed live on the school's Facebook page.
  • Autism Speaks 10th Anniversary Walk. 8:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday, May 21, at Coney Island. More info here.
  • Inclusive Conversations. 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, at Starfire, 5030 Oaklawn Drive. Weekly event, open to all families, ordinary citizens, people with disabilities, inclusion advocates. Come be a part of the conversation and hear our stories. Info here.
  • Provider Transformation Summit. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, May 22, Embassy Suites - Dublin, OH. The 2017 Transformation Summit is a single-day, highly interactive event designed to help provider agencies assess, develop, and refine their current practices and offerings while moving forward with the systems change process. Click here for information and registration.
  • Bobbie B. Fairfax School Graduation. Arrive by 6 p.m. event begins at 6:30 p.m. date, at the school, 4999 Kingsley Drive. The graduation ceremony will also be streamed live on the school's Facebook page.
  • Arc of Ohio Cedar Point Day. Wednesday, May 24. Annual event open to everyone. Reduced rate tickets available from the Arc of Ohio booth on May 24 until noon at $33 each. Learn more.
  • Stepping Stones Day Camps. Beginning June 5. Camps for children and teens. Click here for more information about the programs offered.
  • Transition Bootcamp Session: Financial Planning. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Children's Hospital, 3430 Burnet Ave. In this session, attendees will hear about different options for planning financially stable future for their child who has disabilities, including trusts and wills. Presenters: Chris Collier and Laura Drake. Register here.
  • Goodwill Celebrity Golf Outing. 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, at Glenview Golf Club, 10965 Springfield Pike. More information and registration here.