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Kevin Uses Tech at Home to Stay Safe

In Miami County, Kevin used to have several different sensors in his home to help staff know how he was doing. Since he has learned more independent living skills, he's decreased the amount of supportive technology and just uses doorway monitoring and a video device to talk to his caregivers. Kevin says eventually he wants to live completely on his own, but the technology has helped him feel safe in the meantime. Watch his story .

Conference.pngApril 2019 5 Things to Know about Autism Acceptance; Register for the 2019 Trauma-Informed Care Summit; Recognize and Respond: Autism + Law Enforcement; 'Month of the Young Child. See more
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State Budget Edition Davis Testifies on DeWine's Budget Initiatives;  Video: Budget Initiatives; Stakeholder Budget Call-in; DODD Pipeline is Now Monthly. See more
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March 2019 Advocacy Critical for People with Disabilities; State Agencies Partner on Early Childhood Conference; Save the Date: TechSummit 2.0 is Coming in June; Employment First Turns 7; Business Managers: Take This Free Training from OACB. See more
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April 2019
5 Things You Need to Know About EVV

Ohioans receiving Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) and Developmental Disabilities Nursing services will soon be required to use Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) when their services begin and end. Kristy Wathen from the Ohio Department of Medicaid tells you 5 Things You Need to Know about EVV .
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Autism Awareness and Acceptance
Kelli Yeagley with OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, talks about awareness and acceptance of people with autism.
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TedTalk: Technology Changing Lives
In his TED talk , Jeff Paradee discusses ways in which access to the right technology can change the lives of those living with physical disabilities.
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DD Council Publishes New Book
Estate planning is especially important for families who have loved ones with a disability.This book contains a description of terms and questions to ask.
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Special education teacher Kelly Flodder from Hamilton County talks about how she uses Charting the LifeCourse principles to help her students.

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Join the DODD Family Forum on Facebook, which serves as a space to share resources, ideas, and connect with other families across the state. Or, try the DODD Early Childhood Forum for a group focused on youth.

Reminder: NCI Family Survey
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DODD mailed out a National Core Indicators (NCI) Family Survey to a random sample of families who have a family member with an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) who receives supports from a county board of developmental disabilities. If you received this survey, please respond by May 31.
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Guidance Memos                                                             
NCI Staff Stability Survey Due May 31
Attention: All HCBS Providers Supporting Adults and/or Children

The mandatory National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey that has been sent to home and community-based providers is due to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities by May 31.
DODD Hosts Ohio ISP Workgroup Forums

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is preparing to develop and implement a single template for individual service plans (ISP) for all people who receive services in the Ohio developmental disabilities system. The state will convene an Ohio ISP Workgroup in July.

In order to begin a single service plan template, the department must first collect feedback from people around Ohio who develop and use individual service plans. DODD's Office of System Support and Standards will host a series of feedback forums around the state, which will be a space for people who receive services, their family members, service providers, and plan authors to discuss the pros and cons of current service plans and share their experience and knowledge.

Register for the regional feedback forums in May and June.

Sign up to receive updates from the Ohio ISP Workgroup.

Survey: What Resources, Info Do You Need?

The DODD communications team wants to know what resources or information they can provide that will make your job or life easier.

Please respond to this one-question survey. Take Survey

New Process Starting for NTA Documentation

Beginning May 17, there will be a new way to submit Nursing Task Assessment (NTA) requests and required documentation. Read Memo
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This alert provides critical information to caregivers about making surepeople with developmental disabilities they s erve are scheduled for routine cancer screenings and renew their commitment to healthy living.

Required Reading
In addition to required annual training to identify and report Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs) and Unusual Incidents (UIs), all developmental disabilities employees are required by Ohio Administrative Code 5123:2-17-02 to review Health and Welfare Alerts released by the department. This training includes the review of any Health and Welfare Alerts released since the previous calendar year’s training. Please contact the MUI Registry Unit at 614-995-3810 with any questions.
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