May 2019
    In this issue TableOfContents
      Smart Home tours

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations to all the graduates from Bobbie B. Fairfax and Margaret B. Rost schools! We're proud of you and wish you the best in your future endeavors! See more photos from the graduation ceremonies on Facebook


Our 2018 Report to the Community highlights our achievements last year. 

Each section focuses on a different aspect of how we support people and provides data points, service descriptions, and success stories. 

Click here or on the picture above to view our annual report. Please email us if you would like a printed copy.
Services Spotlight - Early Intervention
Early Intervention (EI) is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings. Our EI team helps families with questions and priorities related to their child's development. Services are available for children from birth to age 3.

Learn more on our website.
Services Spotlight is a new feature to share  more information about HCDDS services.
A true championdavidswim
David Tripathy won three medals at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games
David with his adoptive parents, DeDe and Basil
With three medals around his neck, David Tripathy was ecstatic. He was one of only four Ohio swimmers among the 4,000 athletes at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, and he placed in each of his races.
Tripathy, 22, earned gold in the 50-meter butterfly, silver in the 4x25 freestyle relay, and bronze in the 100-meter freestyle. "I was in the best mood," he said of his swimming performance at the USA Games.
His journey to the championship began during summer trips to Lake Michigan. "I'd always make him wear a life jacket, but his friends didn't have to wear lifejackets," said DeDe Rowe, his guardian and adoptive mother. "David was determined to learn how to swim. He took to it like a fish."
Now, being in the water is Tripathy's comfort zone. In 2009, at age 13, he started swimming with the local Special Olympics. At 17 years old, he won his races at the State Games.
"I'm at home and at peace when I'm swimming - it's all I can think about," he said.
Read the rest of his story on our website.
Project STIR training  

Project STIR is coming to Cincinnati July 15-17. This training is designed to provide you and your ally tools to advocate for yourself, connect with others, and gain leadership skills.

This event is FREE for Hamilton County residents. Register by June 15. Learn more at
Provider Spotlight
Providers are critical to supporting people with DD in our community. This year, we are increasing our efforts to highlight the work of local providers and are planning to feature submitted photos and stories on HCDDS social media pages. 
Contact  Lisa Danford  to learn more.
Tour the Regional Smart Homesmarthome
A group of employees from Procter & Gamble tour the Smart Home on May 22 to learn more about remote support technology. Photo by Clermont Board of DD.
You still have time to visit our regional Smart Home and learn more about remote support technology! Tour spots are available from 10 a.m .to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5, June 12 and June 26. Click here to sign up.
This Smart Home highlights how technology, such as two-way talk devices, pressure mats and stove sensors, can be used to alert staff who can support a person from a remote location. This innovative pairing of remote staff and technology helps to increase independence for people with developmental disabilities while also ensuring health and safety. 
The Boards of DD in Butler, Clermont and Hamilton counties, along with Total Homecare Solutions and Rest Assured, collaborated on this regional project, thanks to generous support from The Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Learn more on our website.

The Ohio DD Council is recruiting new membership for the following categories:
  • Individual with a developmental disability,
  • Parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability, and
  • A representative from a private non-profit organization serving persons with developmental disabilities.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please click on the  New Member Application page  for more information. You may also apply online or download doc uments to complete and mail to their office. May 31 is the deadline to apply. 

Our next Future is Now session will be four evenings in June: 18, 20, 25 and 27, at Starfire, 5030 Oaklawn Ave. 

The Future is Now is a multi-part series designed to help older caregivers and their family members make plans for the future. Throughout the series, families get help to create a letter of intent. A letter of intent is a non-legal document that captures family desires and goals for the future. 

Please make sure you can attend all sessions before registering.  To register contact Dawn at (513) 559-6814 or via email . Learn more on our website .  
  • Memorial Day. Monday, May 27.  All HCDDS Offices are closed.
  • Adult Day Support & Vocational Habilitation Training. 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30 at LADD.  Class content meets both initial staff training and annual renewal requirements of Adult Day Support and Vocational Habilitation staff. This training does not apply to Independent Providers. For more information, please click here
  • Ohio Parent to Parent Support Training. 9:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at Children's Hospital Medical Center. This is a "support parent" training for the Ohio Parent to Parent program. This program matches parents, siblings, etc. with an experienced volunteer. Register by clicking here
  • Advocating for Your Child in Healthcare Settings. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at Cincinnati Children's Medical Office Building. Learn how to develop skills needed to advocate for your child and family in complex medical  situations. To learn more about the topics covered, click here
  • Tenant Rights 101. 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5 at United Way. Learn about current local housing issues. Have your questions answered by experts. For more information, please click here
  • Understanding Behavior in Individuals with DD. 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 at Children's Hospital MOB. The 2-hour introductory course for caregivers on the functions or reasons challenging behaviors may occur. Learn ways to change challenging behaviors and encourage cooperation. For information, please click here
  • Trauma-Informed Biographical Timelines: How Team Members Can Contribute to Healing & Growth. 9-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at HCDDS Kingsley Center. Designed for DD staff, mental health and family organizations. For information, please click here
  • Transition Bootcamp: SSI/SSDI. 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at Children's Hospital Medical Building. Booster sessions provide information on the transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities. For information, please click here.
  • Provider Certification Training. 8:30-5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at St. Joseph Home. This meets the requirements for individuals applying for certification by the DODD and for the mandatory annual training for current providers. For more information, please 
  • Provider Certification Training. 1:30-10 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at LADD. This meets requirements for individuals applying for certification by the DODD and meets requirements for mandatory annual training for current providers. For more information, please click here.
  • TechSummit 2.0. 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 21 at the Crowne Plaza, Columbus. Hear from families and sample technology to help support people with DD. For more information, please click here
  • The Spectrum of Healthy Relationships & Sexuality in Autism. 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 24-26 at the Xavier Cintas Center. Series of keynote speakers and break out sessions. For more information, please click here
  • Family Advisory Council. 10-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Delaware Board of DD. Hear from family members about the issues that affect their lives and learn more about the department's current initiatives. Click here to register or stream on Facebook Live.
  • Marjorie Book Continuing Education Presents "Major Braggart." 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28-30 at Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly.Featuring a cast of actors with and without DD. All performances will be audio described for the visually impaired. For information, please click here