November 2018
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We're interested in your feedback! Please take a few moments to fill out this communications survey, which will help us understand how different audiences receive information about Hamilton County DD Services, determine which outlets are most effective, and highlight areas where we can improve. 

Employees of Hamilton County DD Services should not fill out this survey unless they also fall into one of the categories in question 1. 
Giving Back

Our staff collected food, gift cards and other items during a holiday food drive. The generosity of HCDDS employees means we can provide Thanksgiving meals for more than a dozen families.
Thank you to everyone who donated!

Pictured are Lauren Hawkins, HIPAA, Records and Privacy Officer, left, and Jennifer Waters, QI Nurse Consultant.

LovisFrost is a fun, free winter dance for students in special education aged 15-22 with an Individualized Education Plan. Caregivers are also welcome!

This winter wonderland event includes music, dancing, giveaways, food and drinks. It's at the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum on Eastern Ave. Click here for details.

Holly Dazed begins earlier this year at the Visionarium in Oakley, 3054 Madison Road. It includes a curated exhibition of holiday art and discounted artwork from 130 artists. 

Artists also will be selling individual wares at the opening, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Exhibition runs through Jan. 25. Click here for details

Award-winning work

Congratulations to our Community Relations team, Ryan Braun and Lisa Danford, for winning two awards at the recent Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards!

Their content marketing campaign for DD Awareness Month earned an Award of Excellence and their campaign for "50 Years, 50 HCDDS Facts" earned a Blacksmith, the top honor in the category.
Hamilton County DD Services is hosting a public hearing for our 2019 Annual Plan from 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road. 

A draft will be posted on our website Dec. 11. If you can't attend the public hearing, we will be streaming it live on our YouTube channel.  
"How I See It" - Ohio's Technology Future

How I See It - Episode 6, DODD Director John Martin

The sixth episode of "How I See It," our web series about accessible technology, is now available.

In this episode, Robert welcomes John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. They discuss Ohio's Technology First Initiative, the DD Council Technology Committee, and the future of accessible technology.

View the episode ab ove or  watch it on YouTube . New episodes, all about 10 minutes long, will be released each month on the  HCDDS YouTube Channel , and all episodes include closed captions. 
Pathways Survey pathways

Hamilton County Pathways to Employment program is collecting information  to gauge initial awareness of the program among families.   This survey includes general questions related to disability services in Hamilton County.

Click here for the survey. Contact David Swaddling via email with questions.

Voting Accessibility

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) GoVoter Project is collecting information from voters with disabilities across the United States about their voting experience. This survey provides an opportunity for voters with disabilities to self-report on their voting experience. .

Click here for the survey. Contact Diana Mairose via email or at (513) 559-6636 with questions.
Holiday Volunteer Opportunities childshope

Tuyet Vu helps pack boxes during a recent volunteer event at A Child's Hope International Hope Factory.
A Child's Hope International is hosting several volunteer events to help pack food and water for children in need.
  • 8:30 - 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Hope Factory, 2430 E. Kemper Road. This special Thanksgiving morning event is open to everyone in the community. It will help produce 100,000 meals for hungry and malnourished children. Click here for details
  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Hope Boxes for the Holidays is a special mobile session hosted at Montgomery Community Church, 11251 Montgomery Road. Click here for details.
  • 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Hope Factory, 2430 E. Kemper Road. Volunteers will help provide 215,000 high protein meals for orphans and vulnerable children. Click here to register.
Technology Lending Libraries techlending
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has published an interactive online map of the dozens of assistive technology lending libraries across the state. Through a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, the council's new Google map helps people with developmental disabilities find where they can try out new technology before they buy it to discover if it's the right fit.

In Southwest Ohio, the lending libraries are located at:
  • Southwest Ohio Assistive Technology Consortium, 11083 Hamilton Avenue
  • Perlman Center Loan Library, 3333 Burnet Avenue MLC 4013
  • New Provider Training for Independent Providers. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday,    Nov. 28 at HCDDS. These trainings are designed to inform new independent and agency providers about Medicaid, waiver requirements and tips for meeting compliance. Please register by email.
  • New Provider Training for Residential Agency Providers. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at HCDDS. These trainings are designed to inform new independent and agency providers about Medicaid, waiver requirements and tips for meeting compliance. Please register by email.
  • Autism Research Series: Discovery to Solutions. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The event includes a moderated panel discussion, an audience Q&A and resource fair. For more information, please click here.
  • Lovis Frost, A Winter Dance. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at The Carnegie Center. A fun free event for students in Special Education aged 15-22 with an Individualized Education Plan. Caregivers are also welcome to attend. For information, please click here
  • Spina Bifida Coalition Holiday Party. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Gym in West Chester. For more information, please click here
  • Santa Cares- A Sensory Friendly Event at Eastgate Mall. 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Eastgate Mall. Children with special needs are invited to a private photo session with Santa Claus in a calming environment. For more information, please click here
  • Liberty Center Sensory Santa Visits. 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16 at Liberty Center. Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa in a sensory friendly way. Click here for information. 
  • Provider Certification Training. 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3 at LADD. This training meets requirements for both initial provider certification and mandatory annual training for current providers. For information, please click here.
  • Consumer Advisory Council. 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at CILO. Join us to empower and advocate for people with disabilities and help CILO learn how we can expand and improve our services. Please click here for information. 
  • Family Organization Forum. 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Columbus Developmental Center. Organizations supporting families with disabilities will hear DODD updates, provide feedback, network and share info. For information, click here
  • Social Media: Your Child's Digital Tattoo. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Butler County ESC. This program helps parents, educators and other professionals understand the issues related to social media and mental health. For information, please click here
  • Adults with Autism Support Group's Holiday Party. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Mercy Health. For more information, please click here
  • Spina Bifida Holiday Dinner Club. 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 at Brio's in Newport. Adults, 19 and over, will be treated to a meal at Brio's. For information, please click here
  • HCDDS Board meeting. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road.
  •  S.A.L.T - Dating & Relationship. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Dec. 12 at Janet Clemmons Center. S.A.L.T is a free learning opportunity for students with disabilities and their families to transition from school to adult life. Click here  for a flier.
  • Positive Art Workshop & Chat. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Greater Cincinnati YWCA. This free workshop is open to people with & without disabilities who want to create art and learn about the museum. For more information, please click here
  • Annual Plan Public Hearing. 3 p.m. Tuesday. Dec. 18 at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road. Join us as we review the 2019 HCDDS Annual Plan. A draft will be posted on our website on Dec. 11. If you cannot attend in person, click here to livestream on Dec. 18.
  • HCDDS Offices Closed. Monday-Tuesday. Dec. 24-25.