January 2018
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Welcome New Board Members alice
Earlier this month we welcomed Dr. Tasha Faruqui and Deana Taylor to our Board. They were appointed to a four-year term by the Hamilton County Commissioners.
Dr. Faruqui, left, is a pediatrician at TriHealth Partners who works with children with a variety of disabilities. Ms. Taylor is vice president of human resources at 3CDC and has experience in the nonprofit and social services sectors.
Read more about our new Board members on our website.  

Disability Rights Ohio recently launched its new Legislative Resources Center. This online hub provides information about critical proposals making their way through the legislative process. 

It tracks proposals moving through the Ohio Statehouse or U.S. Congress that will affect people with disabilities. Click here to visit the resource center. 
Fix The List campaignFixList

To better serve Ohioans with DD, several organizations, advocates and others have been collaborating to modernize Ohio's Medicaid Waiver waiting list. They believe replacing the current system will greatly improve Ohio's waiting list.
The Fix The List campaign created a website with resources, videos and more. You can view it here.

How I See It
New web series about accessible technology


We're excited to debut a new three-part web series, "How I See It." Hosted by advocate Robert Shuemak, this talk-show style series  focuses on how accessible technology can help people with and without disabilities in their everyday lives. 

The first guest is consultant and advocate Heather Sturgill, who discusses the smart home technology she uses to make her home more accessible. View the episode by clicking the image above or clicking here
New episodes, all about 10 minutes long, will be released every two weeks on the HCDDS YouTube Channel, and all episodes include closed captions. 

We hope you enjoy the show!

You may have heard Facebook is changing its news feed to prioritize content from friends and family. That means photos, stories, links, events and videos we share on the Hamilton County DD Services, Bobbie B. Fairfax School, and Margaret B. Rost School Facebook pages may not show up in your news feed.
To make sure you keep seeing posts from HCDDS and the schools, you'll need to change your news feed preferences (under settings) and prioritize those pages as "see first." You can also share posts with your family and friends to make it more likely our content shows up in your news feed.
Read about the changes in this WCPO article and learn how to set news feed preferences in this article from Facebook
Provider transformation

From March 3 to April 15 providers of day program and employment supports across Ohio -- including 20 in the Cincinnati area -- will open their doors to talk about how they are transforming the way they support people from a facility-based focus toward a community-based one. 

Transformation-at-a-Glance is an excellent opportunity for providers, county board staff, families, individuals, and other stakeholders, to network, ask questions, and discover ideas to improve services and lives. Presenting providers will talk about how they are making change happen around five key areas.

Click here for details and to see a map of participating provider agencies. 

Catching Up with the first UC TAP graduates UCTap

Stephen Krawee, Karly Saeks, Benjamin Minney, Brett Eisentrout, student teacher Erin Vogt, Arielle Bachrach and Peter Merz (left to right) were members of the first graduating class of the Transition and Access Program at the University of Cincinnati.   (Photo: Joseph Fuqua II for UC)

In case you missed it, The Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a story about the first graduates from the University of Cincinnati Transition Access Program, which offers a four-year non-degree college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. R eporter Kate Murphy caught up with some of those students to see how the program impacted their lives. Click here to read her article


V&V Visionarium open in Oakley

The Visionaries & Voices Visionarium is now open in Oakley! This new space  gives artists the opportunity to teach classes to the community, as well as show and sell art in our retail shop in an integrated setting.

Read about the Visionarium in City Beat. 

Education Inclusion Survey Feedback

A researcher at Walsh University is seeking parents to fill out a survey on educational inclusion. This research project's purpose is to better serve families who have children with disabilities in school to assist with access, communication and other needs or wants of students and families. 
Click here for the survey.
Youth Leadership Forum Application

The Youth Leadership Forum is accepting applications for the summer 2018 session. This annual event, hosted by OOD, is for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities to learn about choosing a career, self-advocacy and leadership development.

Click here to learn more or apply.
  • Autism Family Exploration. 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free program includes multisensory learning centers and all-ability art making. No reservations required.   
  • Connect: A program for adults with DD. 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Cincinnati Art Museum. This program is specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Join museum educators for a multisensory exploration of art from the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Click here for more information.
  • Adaptive Care. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave. Two-hour session focused on healthcare for children with DD and available supports at Cincinnati Children's. Register by calling 513-636-2742 or sending an email to  Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org or TKOCLearn@cchmc.org
  • DSAGC Winter Dance. 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Newport Syndicate. Annual party for  teens and adults with Down syndrome with good food, cocktails, live music and dancing.   Click here for details
  • Caring for Children with DD. 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 5 to March 12. Five-week training workshop for high school and college students on how to care for/babysit children and youth who have developmental disabilities. Cost is $25, and class size is limited. Click here for details
  • Communicating through Music and Movement. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in February, at DSAGC, 4623 Wesley Ave. This class focuses on social emotional learning objectives as well as communication using music and dance.Registration required. Click here for details.
  • Provider certification training. 8:30 a.m.. Saturday, Feb. 10, at LADD's Center for Community Engagement, 3603 Victory Parkway. This class provides the 8 hours of training required by the Ohio Department of DD in order to apply for provider certification. It also covers topics that current providers need for annual compliance. Click here for registration.
  • Positive Art Workshop and Chat. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut St. The workshop is open to people with & without disabilities who want to create art. Discussion themes include healthy relationships, personal rights and self-empowerment. All artistic skill levels welcome. Free to attend. Contact Holly Watson via email or 513-361-2117 with questions. 
  • Touch Tours 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Visitors who are blind or partially sighted and their families are invited to tour the Art Museum through touch on the second Saturday of every month. Specially trained docents provide verbal descriptions and guide participants through the process of seeing art with their fingertips. Reservations recommended.  Learn more .
  • Regulating Sensory Systems. 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave. Two-hour session focused on common sensitivities experienced by people with DD at all ages. Register by calling 513-636-2742 or sending an email to Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org or  TKOCLearn@cchmc.org. Click here for a flier of all sessions.
  • Hygiene and Self-Care. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave. Two-hour session focused on appropriate expectations for hygiene and self-care for school-aged and adolescent boys. For parents and children ages 12 and older. Register by calling 513-636-2742 or sending an email to Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org or  TKOCLearn@cchmc.org
  • First Aid and CPR. 2-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at LADD's Center for Community Engagement, 3603 Victory Parkway. Students receive card valid for two years through the American Red Cross, which meets the Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities' standard for Provider Certification. CPR training includes the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Click here to register 
  • IEPs and Effective Advocacy. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at Mercy Health, 1701 Mercy Health Place. This Autism Conversation features Ashley Barlow, a lawyer who practices in the areas family law and special education. Contact Carole Willenborg with questions or to RSVP.
  • Community Conversation with the Good Life Networks. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15 at Glendale New Church, 845 Congress Ave.  Networks become part of the "good life" that we think is the aim for people with disabilities and their families and allies. Walk through ways to set up and maintain a personal social network that includes a person with disabilities.
  • Choosing College. 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Cincinnati Public Library downtown. First session in a three-part series on helping students with learning differences transition to college. Click here for details
  • Presidents DayMonday, Feb. 19. All HCDDS offices and buildings closed
  • My Hero My Brother: Film Screening. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Kenwood Theatre. This meaningful documentary follows a group of young people with Down syndrome and their siblings, who embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas. During their difficult journeys, their relationships are tested and strengthened. Click here for tickets 
  • Charting the LifeCourse. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28, at the Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave. Two-part session focused on helping fmailies and individuals of all ages develop a vision for a good life. Free, but must attend both sessions. Register by calling 513-636-2742 or sending an email to  Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org or  TKOCLearn@cchmc.org. Click here for a flier of all sessions.
  • Beers and Beats. Wednesday, February 21 at Fifty West Brewery in Mariemont. A new Melodic Connections series of free monthly community drumming events for young professionals in area breweries. 
  • Swing 'FORE' Spina Bifida . 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Topgolf in West Chester. Tournament, contests, silent auction and more to benefit the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati. Click here for details or to register. 
  • New Independent Provider Training. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road. HCDDS-led training for new about Medicaid and waiver requirements and review tips for meeting compliance.  Please register by contacting providersupport@hamiltondds.org.