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Wednesday, March 7, 2017 is DD Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse. Registration is full to attend in person, but you can still watch the event "live" from The Ohio Channel at http://ohiochannel.org/live/special-events. Tune into the channel tomorrow starting at 10:00 a.m. to be part of this important event!

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“The Americans with Disabilities Act: legal and practical applications in child protection proceedings” is the topic for the 2017 Wells Lecture being held at Capital University Law School in Columbus. The event will be held on February 8, 2017 from 2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. A reception will follow. The registration fee is $50.00. 2.0 CLE/CEU credit available. More information is available, including how to register, at the link below.
http://www.familyyouthlaw.org/wells-conference.php

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What do Ohioans with disabilities think about community housing in Ohio? Find out in DD Council's newest publication, "2016 Community Housing Summit." The brochure highlights feedback from a Community Housing Summit held in Columbus, Ohio on September 28, 2016. The comments provide valuable insight on how our communities are addressing community housing issues.
Download the publication at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/housing-summit-2016.pdf. Hard copies are also available if you call our office at 614-466-5205 or 800-766-7426.
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The Ohio DD Council is accepting applications for a $50,000 grant, "Assessing Assistive Technology Service Delivery in the Ohio County Board of Developmental Disabilities System." This is a research project that will report information to DD Council on how to offer technical assistance to county boards of DD about providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities who can benefit from assistive technology. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2017. More information and details, including how to apply, go to the DD Suite website found at https://www.ddsuite.org/.

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Congratulations to Robert Shuemak who recently won a bronze award at the Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards. It was a well-deserved honor for his insightful editorial on the controversy surrounding 50 Cent's negative treatment of a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport employee with autism. You can read the article at http://cin.ci/2fmkaR8.

Robert is a Special Advisor to the Ohio DD Council's Assistive Technology & Communication Committee. He formerly served on Council as Vice Chair and as Chair of the AT & Communication Committee.
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On Thursday July 14th, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) and Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) will host the first ever joint business meeting in Newark, Ohio.

The combined agenda will enable the two organizations to identify new opportunities to partner, enable each to learn from the other, and create a foundation for ongoing collaboration to better serve people of all ages with all types of disabilities.

OSILC Chair Arthur Schlesinger and ODDC Chair Mark Seifarth will co-host the meeting, which will include remarks by Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities within the Administration for Community Living; John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities; and Kevin Miller, Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, as well as updates and reports from the OSILC, the Ohio DD Council, and many other network partners.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/212021765.
Join the conference call at 1-866-906-0123 and use Participant code 3937413#.

The CART link for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing is  https:www.streamtext.net/player?event=Joint_Business_Meeting_of_ODDC_and_OSILC.

For more information, please contact OSILC at 614-892-0390 or 800-566-7788 or the ODDC at 614-644-5205.
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The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, a grantee of the Ohio DD Council, has produced in partnership with families and practitioners in Ohio, a video series about the use of technology with evidence based early intervention. These eight videos illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. Go to http://ddc.ohio.gov/video-ei-series to learn more and to view the videos.

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The next Ohio DD Council meeting will be held March 3-4, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark, 50 N. 2nd Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. Orientation for new members will be held on the evening of March 2. Agendas for each Committee and the full Committee are now available. Go to http://ddc.ohio.gov/Council-Meetings/Meeting-Agendas to download the agendas.
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