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February's ReachOut e-Diversity newsletter: The latest edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News is ready for reading. Topics include: the need to enact policies that address disability and poverty; special education advocates respond to proposed ease of testing requirements; the rights of people with Albinism; recognizing AIDD Commissioner Aaron Bishop during National African-American History Month; and a call for disability-inclusion employer nominees. Read the newsletter: ReachOut e-Diversity News

Take a look at our new "tent" brochure about the importance of organizations to financially support self-advocates to attend events and meetings. The value of an advocate's opinion is well worth the investment! Download a PDF version of the brochure or call us at 614-466-5205 if you would like printed copies.

Registration for the 2015 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Event is filled! All spots have been filled as of February 3, 2015.

New publication: Ohio's Employment First Initiative launched in March 2012. Read DD Council's latest publication that highlights several individuals with developmental disabilities who have benefited from this initiative. The publication, Employment First Initiative: Community Employment, is available online and in hard-copy versions.

Diversity newsletter now available: The October edition of DD Council's ReachOut e-Diversity News newsletter is now available. Read about Hispanic Heritage Month; employment barriers experienced by Latinos with disabilities in the U.S.; diversity data on kids; and the topic of implicit bias.

DD Council releases new brochure. Download DD Council's new brochure that describes what DD Council does and how to become a member. Download the brochure (PDF file).

September meeting agendas are now available. DD Council will hold its meeting on September 11 - 12, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The business meeting and committee meeting agendas are now available to download in the Meetings section of our website.

ODDC currently has funding available for two Employment initiatives. For more information, read the NOFAs at www.ddsuite.org/grants/current_nofas.php?state=OH. The NOFA includes the specific details about the available funding and how to apply. The proposals are due 10/15/14. The grants will begin 1/1/15. Questions? Contact Leslie Paull at 614-644-5542 or Leslie.paull@dodd.ohio.gov.

Diversity newsletter now available: The August edition of DD Council's ReachOut e-Diversity News newsletter is now available. Read about health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities; the importance of communication and quality healthcare; what you should know about Section 503; and a spotlight on DD Council member Kimberly Stults.

Want tips on how to work with your Personal Care Assistant (PCA)? DD Council offers a booklet that answers questions about working with your PCA when he/she goes with you to meetings, conferences and special events. Hard copies also available upon request. Read Guidelines for Working with Your Personal Care Assistant at Meetings, Conferences & Special Events

Read the latest ReachOut e-Diversity Newsletter. The June issue includes articles about diversity in Ohio's health workforce; new standards for workplace inclusion; transportation support through ODDC grantee; issue of low graduation rates among students with disabilities; and more. ReachOut e-Diversity News - June 2014

The National DD Network Partners launched a new website to help advocates get involved in their states and improve the implementation of the new Medicaid rule regarding the settings of home and community-based services. Visit the HCBS Advocacy website to find links to official CMS resources, national advocacy resources, and information for each state on their transition/compliance process.

How would you improve transit in your Ohio community? Ohio's numerous transit agencies provide different kinds of service, from rail lines to buses to community vans. However, there are some parts of the state that do not have any transit service. Take a survey for a statewide transit needs study to design your idea of an efficient transit system in Ohio.

DD Council member is in the news! The Spring 2014 edition of "Pipeline Quarterly," produced by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabililites, focuses on the Self Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waiver and highlights several success stories from throughout the state. Included is DD Council Member Heather McFarlin's experience with the SELF waiver. Take a moment to read her story (begins on page 10) and others (PDF file).

The April edition of "ReachOut e-Diversity News" is now available. Read about Olmstead success stories, the Disability and Health Data System, working with refugees and immigrants with disabilities, and more. Read the newsletter: ReachOut eDiversity Newsletter

ODDC wants to hear from you! We are developing our next Five Year State Plan. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey to help us create a plan that reflects what Council should focus on to fund projects that will better meet the needs of Ohioans with disabilities. Take the survey online - and please share with others!

ODDC releases new report on status of waiting lists: On March 4, 2014, ODDC released a report on the continuing issue of waiver waiting lists. The Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center conducted research and analyzed the results for the report, funded by ODDC. Download and read the report: What Are We Waiting For? Waiver Supported Services Needed by Individuals and their Caregivers (PDF file)

ReachOut e-Diversity News: Read the latest edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News, an e-publication of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. (posted February 13, 2014)

This Week in Public Policy Updates

The following are updates from the ODDC Public Policy Committee.

July 21 - 27, 2014: DD Council Public Policy Committee Update - July 2014 (PDF file)

March 10 - 14, 2014: DD Council Public Policy Committee Update - March 2014 (PDF file)

November 4 - 10, 2013: DD Council Public Policy Committee Update - November

October 15 - October 20, 2013: DD Council Public Policy Committee Update - October

Other Resources

Like us on Facebook: Visit the Ohio DD Couuncil Facebook page for the latest in Council and other disability-related news.

ODDC Events: Visit our Calendar of Events for ODDC meeting dates and locations.

Publications from other sources:

The Case for Inclusion - 2014: An annual report from UCP that ranks how well state Medicaid programs serve people with developmental disabilities. Ohio had an overall ranking of 9 in this year's report.

Dual Diagnosis: Overview of Therapeutic Approaches for Individuals with Co-Occurring Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness for Direct Support Staff & Professionals working in the Developmental Disability System: White Paper sponsored by the Ohio Mental Illness/Developmental Disability Coordinating Center of Excellence through funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council & Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Health and Disability Basics: Overview of health coverage, programs and services: The first of three briefs written by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio on Ohio-specific health data and issues for people with disabilities.

The role of diversity in Ohio’s health workforce: A policy brief by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio on the importance of diversifying Ohio’s health workforce, by increasing the presence of underrepresented populations.

iPhone/iPad Resources/Apps for People with No Vision or Low Vision (PDF file): A PDF document of the slides from a PowerPoint presentation by Debra Jones and John Romber of the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, and Robert Schuemak, also of the Hamilton Councy DD Services and DD Council member.

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