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Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center honored by Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
...Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center honored by Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities SANDUSKY — The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities visited Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center to present the...with a recognition of its mission to be inclusive toward children with developmental disabilities and their families. The presentation was made Tuesday. Standing behind its corporate...Educational Service Center to host a camp for children wit...

Simply Faithful: Forgetting the real hero
...Marketta and I work for a non-profit that serves people with developmental disabilities . Were also expanding into child care and home health care, particularly for ...Life."

Meet 'Sesame Street's muppet with autism
As "Sesame Street" gets a new character, Julia, who has autism, an Ohio mom credits the Play Project's autism intervention for her son's development.

Darke DD brings awareness to possibilities
“All people are valuable and have potential,” is the message the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) has on all of its material. For Darke DD it is more than a slogan, it is a way of life.

All can play ball at Sports Force
Anyone, no matter the ability or disability, can be a superstar when playing at an all-star caliber facility in Erie County.
More developmentally disabled Ohians being steered directly into mainstream workforce
Without question, 19-year-old Aurora Hobden said, she wants to land a job. The prospect both thrills and frightens her. Will she be able to manage her emotions? Follow procedures? Multi-task? “What might be hard is handling the pressure,” Hobden said. “Being able to know what you’re supposed to do and do it and maybe be good at it.”

Ohio looks to fill gaps in resources for young people, families in crisis

In early 2012, a 17-year-old stood up in a high school cafeteria in northeast Ohio and began shooting. Three students died, three were injured. For the leaders of Ohio’s systems of mental health and developmental disabilities, that tragic incident became a call to action.

Ohio Shared Living

John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, explains the state’s Ohio Shared Living program, which provides a way for persons with developmental disabilities to receive care while becoming part of a welcoming family.

State agency aims to keep kids with disabilities with their families
A new pilot program is gearing up to aid central Ohio families whose kids have disabilities and volatile behaviors that require expensive residential treatment.
Feds approve Ohio plan for disability services
Ohio's plan to give more than 36,000 people with disabilities more choices ... in March by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.