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Featured: Bold Beginning Now you have an easy way to access all things related to early childhood in Ohio's state agencies! This site is a resource for all people interacting with young children, whether a parent, grandparent, caretaker, teacher, child care provider, there is valuable information for all.
Ohio Guardianship Guide Updated Learn about guardianship, alternatives, and decision-making in the developmental disability system with this newly updateduser-friendly information guide from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.
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​Led by the Family Liaison, 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.

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April 25, 2018
July 25, 2018
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.
  • 2017-2018 Core Group
  • 2018 Meeting Dates
    March 7 2018
    September 12, 2018
    November 28, 2018
  • Laryssa Beatty, Carroll County
    Amy Hess, Franklin County
    Steve Beha, The Arc of Ohio
    Barbara Hall, Wood County
    Chase Waits, Delaware 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.

12:30-1 PM      
Friday, January 5 - Online Safety
Friday, February 2 - Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System
Friday, February 16 - Special Edition: Changes to the Waiting List
Friday, March 2 -  Changes to the Waiting List
Friday, April 6 - Trauma-Informed Care
Friday, May 4 - Project Trees
Friday June 1 - Healthcare Transition
Friday, July 6 - FRNO
Friday, August 3 - Provider Guide Plus
Friday, September 7 - Bold Beginning

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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. Sign up to receive Ohio CoP news in your inbox!
Follow Along with Ohio's CoP work

2018 State CoP Dates
February 22, 2018
May 17, 2018
August 16, 2018
November 8, 2018
* All meetings are from 10 AM-3 PM at the Delaware County Board of DD, East Wing, room 165
Charting the LifeCourse Video from February 23, 2017 statewide gathering when both morning session and afternoon session streamed on Facebook Live. Handouts
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Integrated Star​ Life Trajectory Worksheet​ One-Page Profile​
​Ohio Mapping: Vision Themes across the "Three Buckets"

Full description of the Community of Practice

Read more about the LifeCourse Framework    

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Kate Green's CoP Story​ Director Martin discusses FAC grants​ #FamilyTalk - The One-Page Profile
Sarah Bitter's CoP Story​
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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.