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AugFC.jpgVideo: A Look at 2019 for Ohio Families

DODD Outreach and Education Coordinator Steve Beha talks about what Ohio families of people with developmental disabilities can expect from the department in 2019. Watch

Also in January's Family Connection

New DODD Director; IEP Team Support; Family Talk; Family Series: Very Informative and Useful; What Youee nd to Know: Vocational Habilitation. See More.

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Upcoming Events

Ohio's Community of Practice
April 4, 2019
February 11, 2019
Family Advisory Council
March 27, 2019

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Family Advisory Council (FAC) meetings take place quarterly and are open to everyone. The Family Advisory Council provides a forum for DODD to hear directly from family members about the issues that impact their lives, and provides the opportunity to learn more about the department's current initiatives from executive staff.

Be sure to subscribe to Family Connection for the latest family-centered news and FAC updates.

October 24, 2018
All meetings are from 10 AM-3 PM at the Delaware County Board of DD, East Wing, room 165
  • 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.
  • 2018-2019 Core Group
  • Meeting Dates
    March 7 2018
    September 12, 2018
    November 28, 2018
  • Core Group Members
  • Franklin County
    I am a mother of three children, my youngest, age 17 has Down Syndrome. I work for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio.
    Fairfield County
    I have a wife, two sons, ages 3years & 1year. One son has Autism. I am one of 5 siblings & one of my siblings has developmental disabilities.
    Franklin County
    I live in Franklin county with my husband, Carl, and three children. My oldest child, age 10, has Down Syndrome & Autism. I am actively involved in Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio. Professionally, I am a Parent Advocate for Carepartner. Faith, faith, and enduring friendship are foundational and I am pleased to serve as an Associate Minister at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
    Franklin County
    Summit County
    I have a brother in his 50’s who is a person diagnosis with Autism. He lives in a house with 3 other men. He visits my home regularly. 
    Athens County
    I am a mother of a 13 year old daughter with Down Syndrome. I am actively involved in the county board of dd & community involvement for people with disabilities. 
    Wood County
    I am a mother of 5. My youngest son is 16 years old who we adopted. He was 26 weeks premature, and has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. I have experience with fundoplication surgery, g-tube feeding,  baclofen pump, spinal fusion to correct scoliosis, power wheelchairs, house and van modifications as well as educational placement.
    Franklin County
    Amy is currently the Program Director for the Center for Autism Services and Transition or CAST at The Ohio State University.  This program focuses on transition age youth and adults with autism and is active in developing health care options individuals with autism and their families.  Amy is also the parent of a very talented artist with autism and his amazing and charming older sister.  She and her husband are very active in autism initiatives across central Ohio and nationally.
    Franklin County
    I am a mom of 3 amazing children, 23 year old daughter, 16 year old son and 12 year old daughter. Our two younger children both have disabilities (ADHD and SLD). Our son has severe dyslexia that was just diagnosed this year. My husband and I work hard daily to keep good communication with the schools. I work as a Parent Mentor for Columbus City Schools. My motto is for Parents " You are not Alone".
    Delaware County
    I am married with two children, I have a parent who is blind & I am the guardian of an adult with Cerebral Palsy & an adult with Down Syndrome.

#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.

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. Learn more about Ohio's CoP here.