Community Connections Newsletter
Needed & Available
  • Toothbrushes
  • Disposable briefs/pullups - small, medium, large
  • "I have Autism" and "I have an Intellectual Disability" self ID cards for interacting with first responders.
  • Kroger gift cards
  • Small kitchen table and chairs
  • Two punching bags with two pairs of adult gloves
  • Adapted Trike

Contact the Community Connections Team by email or 513-785-2813 in regards to any item listed above.
Donate to Goodwill
For every donation made to Goodwill on our behalf, we receive a voucher to be able to support people with developmental disabilities. If you or someone you know is going to Goodwill to donate anything, please make sure that they are taking a donation form.
Saturday, August 28 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Hamilpalooza is back for the 4th year of this FREE family-friendly event with food trucks, live entertainment, fun, and shopping. The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities will have a booth there. Stop by and see us! Click here to learn more.
Free Haircuts - The Gifted Event
Monday, August 30 (or by appointment in September)
The Gifted Event offers FREE haircuts for youth age 2-15 years old in the Clifton area. Back-to-school themed "goody bag" of items available to clients! There are 9 total slots available August 30th, but any additional clients will be given a scheduled date in September.
Clients should arrive with their hair and scalp clean; shampoo and dried before coming in. No additional products added to the hair.
Book an appointment for “The Gifted Event”:
Hamilton Optimist Club Annual DD Fishing Derby
Saturday, September 11 from 8:00 a.m. - Noon
Hamilton Optimist Club will provide the bait, food, and drink. Every participant receives a prize. Please bring a fishing rod and arrive early to register. If you do not have a fishing rod, there are a few available for loan. 567 Beissinger Road, Hamilton, OH.
A Day of H.O.P.E. Homeless and Low Income Outreach
Saturday, September 11 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
At Symmes Park in Hamilton. This event offers food, health screenings, hygiene kits, referral agencies, clothes, Christian music, hair cuts, prayer & encouragement, reading glasses, children's area, and more Click here to learn more.
Hispanic Latino American Heritage Month Festival
Friday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m.
The UniDiversity Festival is a collaborative effort to promote diversity and inclusion in our community, and it is also a chance to learn more about the valuable contributions of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean peoples and cultures. At Oxford Uptown Memorial Parks High St. & Main St., Oxford, OH 45056
The Young Social Crew
The Young Social Crew is inclusive of people with all abilities.
Perhaps you perceive yourself to have a disability, perhaps you perceive yourself to not have a disability. Regardless - we are all people who want to make connections, learn, and try new things together. Learn more on their Facebook page.
Online Events & Trainings
August Online events with We Thrive Together
Every day in August!
We Thrive Together has many online opportunities every single day throughout the month of August. To view their online calendar and register, click here.
Support Group for Black and Brown Families
Wednesday, August 18 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
The Support Group for Black and Brown Families is co-hosted by the Autism Society Greater Cincinnati and Autism and WE. The group supports, educates, and advocates for a unique segment of the population that is often misunderstood, underrepresented, and often forgotten. Click here to learn more.
Teen Time Hangout
Friday, August 20 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
An online social program by Autism Society Greater Cincinnati for teens 13 - 17 with autism to make friends, play games, hangout and have fun. Click here to learn more.
Safety Training And Risk Reduction Class
Tuesday, July 13 - Tuesday, August 24 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Project Care is offering a 7-week session that focuses on healthy sexuality & relationships, personal rights, and empowerment. To download the flyer, click here.
Annual Virtual Tech Fest
Tuesday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join OSDA for their annual virtual tech fest hosted on Zoom. This event is open to advocates, providers, family members, staff, SSAs and more. No need to register. To join the meeting, click here:
Parent & Caregiver Support Group
Tuesday, August 24 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hosted by Autism Society Greater Cincinnati Parent/Caregiver Support Group is a place for persons who have a family member living with autism. The goal is to give support, talk through challenges and successes, encourage each other, and learn about resources that are available to families at every stage in the autism journey. Click here to learn more.
Transition Bootcamp Booster: SSI & SSD
Wednesday, August 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Booster sessions are intended to provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. Families, individuals with disabilities, educators, and other professionals are invited to attend these sessions at no cost. Click here to learn more.
Home Think Tank with Hamilton DD
Wednesday, August 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Focused on Apartment Living: Building a Community of Supports and Contribution. Renters with disabilities and their families share lived experiences. Click here to learn more.
Peer-Led Support Group for Male Identifying Persons!
Tuesday, August 31 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join Project CARE for this peer-led support group where people with developmental and/or intellectual/cognitive disabilities can connect and share their experiences. Click here to learn more.
SALT Talks - Project Life/Search and the Alternatives
Wednesday, September 8 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This virtual program focused on helping parents and students prepare for life after graduation features Michael Albrecht, Supervisor of Transition Programs at Butler Tech. Albrecht will inform attendants about Project Life and Project Search and discuss other alternatives. To learn more, click here.
SALT Talks - Social Security, SSI/SSDI & Work Incentives
Tuesday, September 14 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
This virtual program focused on helping parents and students prepare for life after graduation features Debi Schwartz, Social Security Consultant, CEO of Get SSA Help.
Participants will learn how to navigate the SSI/SSDI process, about DAC Benefits, and more. Click here to register.
National Disability Forum: Equity in Social Security Programs; Hidden Barriers
Wednesday, September 15 from 10:0 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Social Security Administration is offering this open forum that gives all interested stakeholders an opportunity to share their unique insights on topics of particular interest to SSA early in the process and directly with policymakers. Click here to learn more.
We Thrive Together's Virtual Carnival Fundraiser
Friday, August 20 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The virtual fundraiser will celebrate We Thrive Together’s impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds will support ongoing We Thrive Together programming for seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more.
Help Disability Rights Ohio Shape its 2022 Goals and Objectives
Until Sunday, August 22
Each year, Disability Rights Ohio gathers public input from Ohioans with disabilities, advocates, allies, and partner organizations to help shape their work. Getting your feedback is critical to ensuring their work truly addresses the needs of our communities. Click here to take the survey.
ASD Study for people aged 10 - 40 and their moms
This study is to gather additional information to help identify a new subgroup within the autism spectrum. This involves a phone call or online survey to screen for the study and a study visit at Children's Hospital within 4 months of the screening. Click here for the Online Survey.
Seeking family caregivers of children age 2 - 6 with IDD
Help UCEDD evaluate a new web-based resource being developed for family caregivers of children with Intellectual or Developmental Disability (IDD). This is a PAID RESEARCH STUDY. Click here for more information.
Join Speak Up
Tuesday, August 24 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Our self-advocacy group for ages 16+ needs you! Join us via Zoom to hear about important topics that impact you and learn how to make a difference for yourself and your community! We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 - 7 p.m. Contact Courtney Hineman for more information at
Join Best Buddies Citizens Chapter
The Best Buddies Citizens Chapter is in need of community members to be paired with adults who have developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendship matches based on age, personality, interests and location. Matches develop their friendships by spending time together throughout the year. If you are interested in joining, contact Jenny at or 513-785-2813. Click here to view the flyer.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
How Social Security Determines a Qualifying Disability
Social Security is required to review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits periodically to determine if they continue to have a qualifying disability. You can learn more about that process here.
How COVID-19 Assistance Affects SSI
Social Security recently changed its rule about what financial assistance can affect your eligibility for SSI or monthly SSI payment amount. To learn more about what financial assistance will NOT impact your SSI, click here.
Learn about using the tax-advantaged ABLE savings and investment accounts to help people with disabilities achieve a better experience. Click here to learn more.
A Reference Guide to DD Self-Advocacy Groups in Ohio
This new resource distributed by the Adult Advocacy Centers is a comprehensive list of contact information for statewide and county-level groups throughout the state. the publication is a joint effort between the AACs and Ohio's DD Council, with support from the state's independent living centers. Click here to check it out.
Advocacy Guide for People with Developmental Disabilities
This new resource distributed by the Adult Advocacy Centers outlines strategies for developing advocacy skills and information to help victims of crime navigate the criminal justice system. Click here to check it out.
SkillsMatch Tool
Ohio Means Jobs recently launched a tool that allows job seekers to directly upload their resume to, select the skills on their resume to match with potential job opportunities, and watch in real-time as the tool displays which skills line up with a particular job posting. Additionally, SkillsMatch will show job seekers which skills are missing from their resume based on keywords in job postings on the site, giving them the opportunity to improve and update their resume so they can have a better chance of matching with the kind of position they are seeking.
COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments and Behavioral Support
Cincinnati Children's is offering emotional or behavioral supports for COVID-19 vaccinations. Click here to download the flyer.
We would never be able to do all that we do without our amazing community! THANK YOU for coming alongside us in support of the individuals and families we serve!