October 2018
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Employees of Hamilton County DD Services should not fill out this survey unless they also fall into one of the categories in question 1. All employees will receive a separate communications survey.
"How I See It" - Workplace Technology

How I See It - Episode 5, Workplace Technology

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

This episode is about workplace technology and features Doug Goering and Asa Featherstone of the Contemporary Arts Center. They talk with host Robert Shuemak about the technology Doug uses to host his own video tours and share insights about the exhibits.

View the episode above 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. 

Join us Tuesday, Oct. 30 to hear what's new in the growing work of supporting families in Ohio. L earn ways to stay in the know and have your  voice heard. Find current information about Ohio waivers, the waiting list  changes and much more. 

Free for families. Click here to register or here for a flier

Voting is a way to make your voice heard. It can allow you to be independent while making choices that concern your life. 

Election Day is right around the corner, and each year advocate Diana Mairose shares an article to ensure people with disabilities know their voting rights and where find resources.  Click here to read it. 
National Disability Employment Awareness MonthNDEAM1

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and we've been sharing highlights from past employment success stories on Instagram.

Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Laura Williams, who works at the Mt. Washington Kroger; Matt Kayes, who works at Cincinnati Children's Hospital; Ron Martin, who works at the HCDDS Kingsley office; and Jeff Everett, who works at the Harrison Little Caesar's.

You can find their stories on our Employment Spotlight blog or by clicking on the photos above.
Provider Fair

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the recent Provider Fair at our Kingsley office. Our SSAs, along with families and people we support, had a chance to meet and learn more about day program, employment, and many other service providers. 

Click here to see more pictures
Disability Tech Fest

Lots of excellent learning at the Oct. 15  Disability Cocoon: Technology Movement Festival at the American Sign Museum. Professionals and advocates had a chance to meet with and hear from vendors who are on the cutting-edge of disability technology.

Click here to see more pictures.
wrapped_presents.jpg Giving Tree

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati is once again hosting their Giving Tree program for the holidays. Those who wish to sponsor the program can shop for gifts or give a monetary donation.

Families who would like to receive a help this holiday season will receive gifts from sponsors. The deadline to register is Nov. 25.

Click here for more details.
  • Autism & Special Needs Halloween Party. 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Williams Elementary . Food, prizes, costume contest and more. For information, please click  here
  • Sensory Safe Trick-Or-Treat. 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at ABC Pediatric Therapy Western Hills. Click here for information. 
  • Autism & Special Needs Halloween Party4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Country Pumpkins. Please click here for information. 
  • Sensory-Friendly Orchestra Toybox. 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Music Hall. For information and ticket pricing, please click here
  • Ohio Adult Sibling Conference. Friday, Nov. 2 & Saturday, Nov. 3 at Embassy Suites, Dublin. Speakers, art show and time to connect with other siblings, family members and resources. For more information, please click here
  • ASGC School-Age Playtime. 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Linden Grove School. Children 6-12 are encouraged to play, socialize, and build skills. For information, please click here
  • Nourish-Spina Bifida. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. A registered dietitian will teach nutrition information known to impact the health of people living with spina bifida. Please email for more information.
  • Provider Forum. 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the HCDDS Kingsley office, 5093 Kingsley Drive. Bi-monthly meeting with important local and state updates, networking opportunities and more. 
  • Emergency Preparedne ss Training. 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at LADD . Prepare for emergency situations. Please click  here  for information. 
  • Quarterly State Community of Practice Meeting. 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Delaware County Board of DDLearn more about what's working in Ohio and how to develop a plan to support people. Please click here for information.
  • Positive Art Workshop & Chat. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Free workshop open to people with/without disabilities. All artistic skill levels welcome. For information, please click here
  • Toilet Training for Children with DD. 9 a.m. Friday, November 9 & 16, Children's Hospital MOB. Two-day class. Please click here for information.
  • Sibshops. 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Cincinnati Children's. Sibshops provides peer, professional and volunteer support from Cincinnati Children's. Please click here for a flier.
  • Veteran's Day Observance. Monday, Nov. 12. All HCDDS offices closed.
  • HCDDS Board Meeting. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1520 Madison Road.
  • Family Centered Approach for Children of Addicted Parents. 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Conference will focus on medical, neurodevelopmental issues, childcare, preschool & more. For information, please click here
  • Provider Certification Training. 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at LADD. Training meets requirements for both initial provider certification and mandatory annual training for current providers. For information, click here.
  • Annual OCALION conference.  Nov. 14-16 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Focus is on common concerns and share solutions to address challenges experienced by individuals with autism, sensory disabilities, and low-incidence disabilities. Click here for details. 
  • ASGC Preschool Playtime. 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at Kid Power Therapy Services. A playtime program for preschoolers ages 3-6 on the autism spectrum. For more information, please click here
  • People Working Cooperatively Prepare Affair. 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at PWC offices. Volunteers organized by PWC will rake leaves and clean for residents who are elderly or have disabilities.  Click here for information.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory-Friendly Performance. 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Victoria Theatre. To learn more about the performance, please click here for a flier.
  •  St. Xavier Canned Food Drive. 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Central Bank. The Advent Canned Food Drive collects and delivers non-perishable food to families in Cincinnati and rural Appalachia. For information, please click here.  
  • The ARC Fall Conference 2018. 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Gentlebrook Event Center. For information and to register, please click here
  • Thanksgiving. Nov. 22-23. All HCDDS offices closed.
  • New Provider Training for Independent Providers. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at HCDDS. Training informs new providers about Medicaid, waiver requirements and tips for 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.
  • New Provider Training for Residential Agency Providers. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at HCDDS. Training informs new providers about Medicaid, waiver requirements and tips for compliance. Please register by email.