Community Connections Newsletter
Join the Cincinnati Cyclones Special Hockey Team!
Every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Cincinnati Cyclones Special Hockey Team is looking for more players, 6 years of age and up, to play hockey on Sundays at the Northland Ice Center. To register to play the great sport of hockey in an environment that is adapted for those with developmental disabilities click here!
Back 2 School Bash
Saturday, September 10 and Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join the Goldfish Swim School programs for a Back 2 School Block Party! Bring a friend to tour the swim schools and enjoy games, snacks, giveaways, and more! On September 10 the Back 2 School Bash will be held at Goldfish Swim School Anderson and on September 17 it will be held at Goldfish Swim School West Chester. At both events Goldfish Swim School will be collecting school supplies to donate to a local charity. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family of 3 or more. To buy tickets to the West Chester Bash click here. To buy tickets to the Anderson Bash click here.
Cincinnati Ballet Moves Pre-Registration is Open!
CLASS PLACEMENT CALLS will be made on Monday, September 12 and Saturday, September 17
Cincinnati Ballet (CB) Moves is designed to foster a love of dance and creative expression for individuals with specific needs. CB Moves offers a variety of classes for students from age 4 to young adult. Classes run for 20 weeks beginning in October and conclude in April. Fill out the Pre-Registration form here. The CB Moves staff will place each student in a class based on the registration questions answered, the resources the student needs in class, and their age. To learn more about the CB Moves Program visit the website!
Only 3 Tickets Left for the Lee Brice Concert!
Friday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets to Hope, a non-profit that gives free tickets to individuals who may not have the opportunity to go, has gifted tickets to the Lee Brice; Label Me Proud concert at Riverbend's PNC Pavilion and there are ONLY 3 tickets left! Any interested party must have the Ticketmaster app on their phone. We do not have the ability to print off tickets. They must be transferred to a Ticketmaster account. If you are interested in securing tickets please email Jenny Mann at
4th Annual Golf for Autism
Monday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m.
Join the Autism Society Greater Cincinnati at TPC River's Bend for their annual fundraising golf event! Event proceeds go toward strengthening resources, educational and social programs and support groups for individuals and families in the greater Cincinnati area with autism. To register or learn more about the golf outing click here!
Ohio Guardianship Association 17th Annual Conference
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:45 a.m.
Put the "You" in Guardianship this year at the 17th Annual OGA Conference, which will be held at Holiday Inn & Suites in Youngstown, Ohio. The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Mary Milano, Executive Director of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, networking sessions, workshops, the "Distinguished Service Award Presentation, raffle drawings, music, food, and drinks! Register here.
Cookies and Connections "Utilizing Visual Supports" Workshop
Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Connect over Cookies with Margery Baker and Lisa Tirey from the Family Focus program at the Janet Clemmons Center! This workshop will focus on how to utilize visual supports with individuals with developmental disabilities. Caregivers and providers will learn how visual supports can benefit people of all ages and with varying needs. They will have access to materials to create a basic schedule for the home setting. RSVP by Thursday, September 15 through the BCBDD website!
Email or call Jenny Mann at 513-785-2813 if you have any questions.
2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Festival and Expo
Saturday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate Latinx culture and its many contributions to the community at the Fairfield Lane Library! Both agencies and organizations will be in attendance to share their bilingual-friendly resources and opportunities. Enjoy crafts, Cincinnati Balia Dance Academy performances, dance lessons, and other fun activities! To see the festival schedule and register for activities click here or call 513-858-3238!
Possibilities 4 Diverse Abilities Expo and Fall Family Festival
Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join the disability community for a fun fall festival and disability resource fair at The Heidt of Excellence! The event is FREE and registration is not required! Resources from many organizations will be available on site as well as fun fall activities for the entire family! For more details about the event or if you would like sponsor click here!
We Thrive Together Carnival
Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate We Thrive Together’s success helping individuals with developmental disabilities by attending the Carnival at the Wickliffe Community Center! The Carnival will include games, biding on raffle items, and opportunities to win prizes. All ages are welcome. You can join the fun in-person or virtually by purchasing tickets for $30 each or $270 for a table of ten. Virtual tables will include a surprise party box to ensure your group has an awesome virtual experience. Purchase tickets here!
Online Events & Trainings
Virtual Programming for the entire month!
Every single day in September!
We have partnered with We Thrive Together and are excited to share this calendar which features virtual programming for every single day in September. Find anything from games to fitness to advocacy. Click here to view the calendar and register for events now.
Promoting a Well-Balanced Diet Webinar
Wednesday, September 7 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics will be hosting a 1-hour class led by a registered dietitian that specializes in the nutritional needs of children with developmental disabilities. In this online class you will learn ways to promote a balanced diet and ways to help picky eaters during meal times! Capacity is limited and registration is required. The cost per family is $10. Click here to register!
Parent and Family Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, September 13 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides monthly payments to adults and children with a disability. In this free workshop hosted by OCALI's Family and Community Outreach Center and the Autism Society Central Ohio you will learn the basics of the SSI program and the requirements to apply for SSI benefits. Register now for the FREE webinar!
SALT Talks - Let's Go Team!
Wednesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
SALT Talk is a monthly series that provides learning opportunities, along with resources and guidance, to families of children with disabilities so that they can successfully navigate the transition from school to adult life. During this session you will learn about the SALT transition team and how to identify and understand your transition team players. All are welcome to attend! To register for the SALT Talk click here! For more information on the SALT Talk Series and registration details visit the BCBDD event page on Facebook! To check out more upcoming SALT Talks visit the BCBDD calendar.
SALT Talk Lunch & Learn - Project Life & Project Search Programs
Wednesday, September 21 at 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
SALT Talk is a monthly series that provides learning opportunities, along with resources and guidance, to families of children with disabilities so that they can successfully navigate the transition from school to adult life. During this Lunch and Learn session you will learn about the Project Life and Project Search programs located in the SW Ohio area. All are welcome to attend! To register for the SALT Talk Lunch and Learn Series click here! For more information on the SALT Talk Lunch and Learn Series and registration details visit the BCBDD event page on Facebook! To check out more upcoming SALT Talks visit the BCBDD calendar.
OSDA and We Thrive Together Hosts Advocacy Wednesday!
Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
Join your fellow advocates every Wednesday to talk about an assortment of topics with disability experts (those that live with a disability)! Topics will range from personal experiences living with a disability, advocacy resources, and much more! Click here to register.
Nominate Your Favorite DSP/Caregiver for DSP Appreciation Week!
Do you have a professional caregiver in your life that is doing a fantastic job? Help us celebrate them! Click here to nominate them for DSP of the Month.
What can I do to Thank a DSP/Caregiver?
Appreciation Week Begins on Monday, September 12
A Direct Support Professional (DSP) or Caregiver is someone who works directly with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. DSPs and Caregivers aim to not only assist individuals in realizing their full potential but to also help them become integrated and engaged in their community. Are you looking for ways to thank your DSP or Caregiver for everything they do? Here are some simple acts of kindness that you can use during DSP Appreciation Week: 1) Create a card and send it to them through the mail, 2) Grab a gift card to their favorite coffee spot or restaurant, 3) Personally deliver a bouquet of flowers, 4) Create a short video about why you appreciate what they do and post it to social media using #DSPAppreciationWeek, 5) Bake something special and deliver it to them with balloons!
DSP Appreciation "Honk-a-Thon!"
Wednesday, September 14 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m
Join us in Downtown Hamilton and give us your best HONK as you drive through or bring your best handheld sign in support of DSP Appreciation Week! We will be stationed in front of InsideOut Art Studio where you can celebrate those that care for individuals with developmental disabilities with your appreciation signs in hand! We hope to HEAR or SEE you all there!
In-Person Facilitators Needed for Adult Support Group
The Autism Society Greater Cincinnati is looking for individuals to create and foster a positive, engaging environment for their support groups for adult (18+ years) individuals with autism to share their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. Please click here or contact Hadia Khan, Program Director, to learn more.
Ohio DD Introduces "Council Connection" Digital Newsletter
The DD Council Connection is a way for the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to introduce to you our Council members, provide updates on our work, and inform you on the activities and initiatives of Ohio's community of self-advocates and others who work on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Click here to check it out.
Autism Society Greater Cincinnati Event Calendar
Check out upcoming programs and other community events on the Autism Connections website calendar!
Community Outreach Advocate, Courtney Hineman Introduces Her New Vlog!
Courtney Explains It All is a vlog (video blog) about disability topics. These topics not only affect the lives of disabled people but also the lives of non-disabled people as well. From accessibility, the disability rights movement and everything in between Courtney Explains It All is definitely a vlog you don’t want to miss! Coming very soon to a screen near you!
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!