Tech Supports Friends To Live on Their Own

Assistive technology has supported longtime friends Dale and Jason to live independently. They use a video intercom device to call family when they need them, which is especially helpful for Dale who often uses his hands to communicate. The roommates also use a doorbell with video and motion sensors that sends a text to Dale's brother-in-law Ed when someone rings it so he can help monitor who is visiting. Watch their story.

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For 14 years, Texas Roadhouse in Stow, Ohio, has been giving job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to work. General manager Mitch Lucas says people with disabilities are dedicated employees who show up on time, don't call off, and get the job done. Michelle Price, a local job developer, talks about how important it is for employers to give people with disabilities a chance. Watch their story here.

IMG_2098.jpgFulfillment, Personal Growth Part of DSP Experience

Watch direct service provider Brad Sterling from Shelby County talk about why his job is important to him, and what it takes to do it well. "You have to have your heart in it," Brad says.

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Nick Miller from Union County has a few things to say about why he enjoys being a direct service provider so much that he changed his college major to continue supporting people with disabilities. Watch his story.

IMG_9414.jpgWork Program Helps Students Find Interests

Transition to Work, known as TTW, is a summer career discovery program in its fourth year that was developed by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Association for the Developmentally Disabled, or Add, provides services for the program that focuses on supporting transition-age students with complex needs to explore their job interests. Watch more about TTW.

IMG_5052.jpgCaregiver Finds Support with Future Planning

With help from The Future is Now program administered by the Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 90-year-old Patricia has been able to plan for her son Arthur’s future for when she is no longer able to care for him. “The Future is Now is something that everyone needs to know about,” Patricia says. “Planning for the future is the reason that Arthur and I are able to live comfortably now.”

The program hosts sessions where people with developmental disabilities share what is important to them, like where they want to live or how they enjoy spending their day. Caregivers and family members take time to listen to their loved ones while learning about services and planning resources related to housing and finance needs. Learn more about how family caregivers can plan for the future with these free materials.


Megan and Wes Find Early Intervention Success with Pilot Program

In 2017, DODD partnered with the Southern Ohio Council of Governments, known as SOCOG, to pilot a program expanding access to Early Intervention services across the region. The SOCOG hired occupational, physical, and speech therapists to provide Early Intervention services in seven historically under-served counties in Southern Ohio. Interventionists provided services to children in-person as well as virtually. Watch how this pilot program supported Megan and her son Wes.


Paxton Uses Adaptive Rod to Catch a Fish

Inclusioneers, a nonprofit seeking to create adaptive solutions for people with disabilities in Northeast Ohio, credits its partnership with University of Akron engineering students with bringing Paxton the ability to reel in his own fish. Watch his story


Mom: County Board 'So Willing to Help'

Jackie, a parent in Williams County, says her local county board of developmental disabilities has shown her big family unwavering support during good times and bad. Watch her story.

photo-frame-hi.pngHard at Work: 'Shane is a Beast'

Shane, who works at Chief Supermarket in Williams County, has been on the job for 12 years.

Dedication and determination are what make Shane's coworkers call him a "beast" when it comes to his work ethic. Watch his story.


Hiring Event Gives Anthony Chance to Find the Right Job

Through the Employment Collaborative of Cuyahoga County, Northeast Ohio community partners work to support people with developmental disabilities like Anthony, who are in search of a job that's the right fit.

Watch ECCC coordinator Jared Daly explain how other counties can begin their own employment collaborative.


Karl's Job Fits His Love For Cars

Karl, from Coshocton County, is someone who's always admired cars. With support from the county board of developmental disabilities, Karl now has a job at the Jeff Drennen Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership, where he enjoys detailing vehicles for customers.

Watch Karl in action as he explains his responsibilities at the dealership.


Early Intervention Brings Peter Early 'Fame'

When his picture was submitted by his parents for a billboard in their Guernsey County hometown nearly two years ago, Peter's family never anticipated their son would achieve statewide celebritystatus in some circles -- or become the "face" for Early Intervention services. Read his story.


Rhett's Family Says Early Intervention Support 'Unreal'

Whether through in-home visits or virtual visits, Emily's son Rhett has made important progress since he began receiving Early Intervention services in their Pike County home. Watch Emily talk about the support they received from the Early Intervention team.


HAPCAP Links Josh with On-Demand Rides

Hocking Athens Perry Community Action, also known as HAPCAP, works with Southeast Ohio communities to provide services like on-demand transportation. Josh, a transportation rider with a disability, says using Athens On-Demand Transit means he's never late to work. Watch how HAPCAP has partnered with other community groups to make its services a success.


24-7 Transportation Offers Sara More Choice

The Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities has contracted with Pickaway County Community Action Organization to offer people access to uninterrupted transportation services in the area. With 24/7 availability, people with disabilities have more opportunities to work evenings and weekends or, like Sara, join friends for lunch with little hassle. Watch her story.


Janet, Her Boss Focus on Team Effort

Janet from Williams County and her boss, Tyler, have a strong working relationship at the Union Street Grille. Tyler says she is dependable and communicative, while Janet appreciates her boss for helping out with difficult tasks around the kitchen. Watch her story.


Paula Speaks Up for Herself in Darke County

When there wasn't accessible parking available near her job at The Round House in Darke County, Paula decided to speak up to city council.

Watch Paula and Sam, another Darke County advocate, share why they think speaking up for themselves is important.


Renee Uses Amazon Echo to Help at Home

Renee Wood, the chair of the Ohio Olmstead Task Force and a technology advocate from Lucas County, uses her Amazon Echo around her home to assist in turning on the lights or to read her shopping list aloud. Wood explains how the affordable device can be helpful for other people with disabilities. Watch her story.


NCI Interviewer Annee Shares Benefits of Job

The National Core Indicators survey project is important in understanding the overall quality of public developmental disabilities agencies. Watch Annee, Rosie and Joy from the Cincinnati area explain their roles as NCI interviewers who talk face-to-face with Ohioans with disabilities.

photo-frame-hi.png Patti Applauds Ohio as Technology First State

In May, Patti from Franklin County spoke alongside Gov. John Kasich when he signed an executive order to expand access to technology for Ohioans with developmental disabilities by designating Ohio as a Technology First state.

Watch how technology gives Patti more independence and freedom. View photos from the Statehouse signing, including Milo the robot. 


In Ohio Shared Living, 'He's My Family'

David knew Ethel from the years she supported him when he lived in a developmental center. Now, through the Ohio Shared Living program, David got his wish -- to live with Ethel and her husband, Bob. Watch what they say about having David as part of the family.


Advocates Share Skills at Project STIR

Project STIR, which stands for Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility, is a group made up of advocates from across Ohio who share their local advocacy efforts with one another while gaining leadership experience. See what one of the quarterly meetings are like.


Mom: County Board 'So Willing to Help'

Jackie, a parent in Williams County, says her local county board of developmental disabilities has shown her big family unwavering support during good times and bad. Watch her story.