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VIDEO: Family Groups Showcase Grant Successes This week, recipients of the DODD-funded Strategies for Families grants presented what they were able to accomplish over the past year and a half to support and expand...More

Free Online Direct Service Provider training is here!   DODD released a new online course this week that satisfies the eight-hour initial training requirement for direct service providers (DSPs)...More
Also in June's Family Connection: The next Family Advisory Council meeting will be July 26 at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Participants will discuss staying safe at home and in the community...More
Featured: Ohio's Accessible Parks Ohio boasts some of the loveliest parks in the nation, but navigating an inaccessible trail can be difficult. Websites like TrailLink maintain an interactive map of accessible trails...More

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​Led by the Family Liaison Kim Weimer, Family Advisory Council meetings take place quarterly and are open to everyone. The Family Advisory Council provides a forum for the Department to hear directly from family members about the issues that impact their lives and provides family members the opportunity to learn more about the Department's current initiatives from executive staff.

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  • The FAC is guided in collaboration with a Core Group of family members and people with disabilities. Comprised of 12 members that reflect cultural and racial diversity as well as diversity of disabilities across the lifespan, the purpose of the FAC Core Group is to strengthen family leadership and ownership of FAC meetings, and offer guidance and input to DODD about the FAC.
  • 2017-2018 Core Group
  • Laryssa Beatty, Carroll County
    Amy Hess, Franklin County
    Steve Beha, The ARC of Ohio
    Nithya Narayan, Hamilton County
    Diane Frazee, Lucas County
    Fil Nelson, Butler County
    Connie Cornett, Ottawa County
    Jeanine Ramer, Stark County
    Barbara Hall, Wood County
    Chase Waits, Delaware County
    Shannon Hall, Champaign County

FamilyTalk is an informal discussion on family topics by people who know their stuff. These live chats are hosted on the DODD Facebook page and offer the opportunity to watch, interact, and ask questions live.

Friday, August 4, 12-12:30 PM: Learn about Ohio Early Intervention 
Friday September 11, 2-2:30 PM: New Assistive Tech
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Ohio was awarded the opportunity to
participate in the National  Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families and will join other states in a multi-year effort to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This CoP is unique in Ohio because it focuses on all families with a member with a disability, not just those who receive formal supports. 
 Charting the LifeCourse Video from February 23, 2017 statewide gathering when both morning session and afternoon session streamed on Facebook Live. Handouts
Lifecourse Tools: 

Full description of the Community of Practice

Read more about the LifeCourse Framework    

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​The Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO) is here to help families by providing resources, tools, and training.
Guiding People Through Systems (GPS) is an online care notebook to help families, children, teens and adults with disabilities organize important medical and school records into one convenient online resource. 
​The Arc of Ohio is a statewide membership association made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, friends, interested citizens and professionals in the disability field. 
Good life Networks (GLN) exists so that our friends and loved ones who have disabilities can have lasting connections and friendships.
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​Administered by the YMCA of Central Ohio, ECRN+ Family Support strengthens and empowers children, youth, and young adults with disabilities, delays, and special health care needs, along with their family.
Ohio SIBS provides advocacy, education, leadership and supports that will promote enhanced quality of life, improved public policy and increased services and supports for adult siblings (of people with developmental disabilities) and their families.
The mission of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, develop and provide the highest quality interdisciplinary care, education, and research to support the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life.
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​The Autism Society exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
UCCEDD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.