August 2018
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A proud momentcaleb
Meet Caleb, who will be a freshman at the University of Cincinnati this fall, working toward his bachelor's degree in information technology.
Caleb, 17, has autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and other medical conditions. Shortly before starting high school, his mom passed away. Though he carried burdens not shared by his classmates, Caleb graduated from Shroder High School in May with a 4.0 GPA -- the third highest in his class.
Read his story on our website.

Early Intervention play

Summer was full of fun for Early Intervention families. Our EI team hosted a number of playgroups around Hamilton County. Check out more photos on Facebook.

First Day of School

This month marked the first day of school at Bobbie B. Fairfax and Margaret B. Rost schools. We hope everyone has a wonderful year! See more pictures on Facebook.
Waiting List ChangesWLchanges

Ohio's waiver waiting list rule changes  Sept. 1. This summer our Introduction and Eligibility team hosted in-person information sessions about these changes and what to expect.

Waiting List Changes
If you weren't able to attend one of the sessions, you can watch the presentation above to learn what's changing and how the new rule will affect you. This video, which is posted on our YouTube page, provides an overview of the coming changes. 

You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions at
Streetcar Celebration

Join Metro, HCDDS and many others on Sunday, Sept. 9 to celebrate the second anniversary of the streetcar with food, activities and more. 

The celebration is noon to 5 p.m. at various stops along the route.

Rock the Vote rockthevote

Rock the Vote is hosting a non-partisan voter registration rally from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The event includes music, food trucks, drinks and more. It's at the Kennedy Heights Art Center Annex on Montgomery Road. 

Click here for a flier.

The Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival is set for Sept. 26-30. This is the new name and expanded vision for the successful Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival which came to Cincinnati in 2011. In 2018, LADD is expanding the scope of the Festival to move beyond a singular focus on disability-specific programming to focus on a celebration of our shared humanity. It f eatures more than 40 films, special events and more.

We're hosting "Chromosome 21" at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the SCPA Mayerson Theater. Click here to watch the trailer. More details soon.

In addition, Project CARE will be hosting a gallery exhibit in collaboration with FotoFocus and ArtsWAVE as part of the film festival. The exhibit, titled " Vis-Abilities ," is an exhibit showcasing the photography of local women artists with disabilities. These photographs reflect the unique perspectives and experiences of the artists-their ongoing struggle for social inclusion and independence. Click here to learn more. 

We're filming our next round of "How I See It," a web series about accessible technology and hosted by Robert Shuemak. It'll debut later this fall. 

Catch up on the first three episodes-smart homes, computers and iPhones, and transportation-on our website or on YouTube.

The Cincinnati Zoo is working to become more accessible and inclusive for all. They've added sensory-friendly maps and much more to help people with developmental disabilities! 

We were happy to be part of the first Access For All Day this month t o celebrate inclusion. Click here to learn more about the changes.
  • Provider Certification Training10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at the LADD-Center for Community Engagement.  This class provides the 8 hours of training required by the Ohio Department of DD in order to apply for provider certification and it covers topics that current providers need for annual compliance. Please click  here  for registration.  
  • Music Therapy Group. 3 p.m. Thursdays, starting Aug. 30 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Geared toward children ages 10 mos-4 yrs and a caregiver. Discover the power of music to help children meet developmental milestones. Click here for details. 
  • Labor Day.  Monday, Sept. 3 . All HCDDS offices are closed.
  • Music Therapy Group. 9 a.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept 4 at the Blue Ash Rec Center. Geared toward children ages 10 months to 4 years and a caregiver. Discover the power of music to help children meet developmental milestones. Click here for details.
  • Peers (Social Skills) Clinic for Teens. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Nov. 7 through HCESC. PEERS is a social skills program that helps teens learn ways to make and keep friends.  See flier for information and registration details.
  • Provider Forum.  9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at the HCDDS Kingsley Office.  Attend in person or join us live by clicking here .
  • Buddy Walk Together for Down Syndrome. 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Sawyer Point. For information, please click here.
  • Norwood Special Needs Families Cupcake Decorating Night. 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Williams Elementary Cafeteria. Free and open to residents outside Norwood as well. Click here for details.
  • Transition Bootcamp Booster Session. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building. This session will focus on the transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care. To register, please click here.
  • Positive Art Workshop & Chat. 
    5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Cincinnati Art Museum.
    Open to people with & without disabilities who want to create art & learn about the museum. For information, please click here.
  • Clermont Play, Learn and Grow Kids Fest9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at the Batavia Township CenterFree! Goodie bags, raffles, child safety seat checks by Cincinnati Children's and more. Details in this flier.
  • Go the distance for Cincinnati Children's. 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Paul Brown Stadium. $35 for runners/$25 adult/$5 per child if walking to receive t-shirt. Fun activities on-field (accessible for all) immediately following run/walk. Get more information here.
  • The Future is Now. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 & 22 at Community Matters. Make sure you can attend BOTH sessions before registering. This series is designed to help older caregivers and family members make plans for the future. For more information, please click here.
  • Emergency Preparedness Training. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at LADD-Center for Community Engagement.Get prepared to handle emergency situations like fire, weather and violent intruder hazards to ensure safety for the people we support and our employees. Please click here for information.
  • "Walk On" for Autism. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at VOA Park in West Chester. Benefitting the Safe Haven Farms Equestrian Program. For more Information and to register please click here.
  • Hamilton County Ballot Issues Briefing. 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept 25 at the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area. For more information, please click here.
  • New Provider Training for Independent Providers. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the HCDDS Support Center These trainings are designed to inform new independent and agency providers about Medicaid and waiver requirements and to review tips for meeting compliance. Please register by email.  
  • New Provider Training for Resi dential Agency Providers. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the HCDDS Support Center . These trainings are designed to inform new independent and agency providers about Medicaid and waiver requirements and review tips for meeting compliance. Please register by  email.
  • Autism Society Great Pumpkin Race. 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Holy Grail Tavern & Grille. All proceeds help fund local support groups and programs for individuals and families with autism. For more information, please click here.
  • OSDA District Advisory Conference.  9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at Christ ChurchRegister by Sept. 7.  Keynote Speakers: John Cronin & Mark Cronin with John's Crazy Socks. Click here for information.
  • Wine OTR Benefiting the Ken Anderson Alliance. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Revel OTR Urban Winery. This wine tasting event will be held prior to the showing of "Being Rachel," a film that is part of the OTR Film Festival. For more information, please click here.
  • Fit Fest. 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in Washington ParkREI, Yoga, Queen City Kettlebell, Beyond Ballet, and much, much more! Drop in anytime for classes and experiences that accommodate all abilities! For information, please click here
  • Cincinnati Cyclones Special Hockey Program Open House. 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Sports Plus Arena. This program aims to introduce people with developmental disabilities to hockey. For information, please click here.