• Workshops and Events in the Cincinnati area:

     

    Join one or all of these upcoming classes from the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP)

    • The Understanding Behavior in Individuals with Developmental Disabilitiesoutreach class is designed for parents / caregivers of children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. This class is scheduled to occur via Zoom on Monday, May 24th from 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $10 per family.

    Spots are still available! Families can register at: https://bit.ly/3lxKEQY  

    • Toilet Training Children with Developmental Disabilitiesoutreach class is designed for parents / caregivers of children with developmental disabilities. This class is scheduled to occur via Zoom on Monday, June 14 and Monday, June 21 from 5:00-8:00pm. Attendees are expected to attend both classes.  Cost is $15 per family and includes manual.

    Spots are still available! Families can contact Jennifer Gastright regarding registration at Jennifer.gastright@cchmc.org

    • Functional Communication outreach classis designed for parents/caregivers of children with developmental disabilities.  This class is scheduled to occur via Zoom on ThursdayJune 3rd from 5:30-7:30pm.  Cost is $10 per family. 

    Register at: https://bit.ly/2JwKTP3

    Event Brief: learn how to develop a functional communication system through pictures plus understand how to encourage initiation, concrete exchange of pictures, symbols, and discrimination training of pictures that symbolize spoken language

    • Managing Anxietyoutreach class is designed for parents/caregivers of children with developmental disabilities.  This class is scheduled to occur via Zoom on Wednesday, June 16th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.  Cost is $10 per family. Register at: https://bit.ly/38aWRX8

    Registration is required for each of these events. If you have questions about any of these events please contact DDBPFamilySupport@cchmc.org or call 513-636-2158.

     


     REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

     
    Stepping Stones' Summer Overnight Staycation program for teens and adults with disabilities is scheduled to return in June! In this overnight recreation program, participants bond with their peers during a 4-night stay at a scenic property in Batavia, Ohio.
     
    To pay for services, we accept independent options, level one and SELF waivers from the state of Ohio as well as other third-party or private funding sources.

     

     

    SUMMER OVERNIGHT STAYCATIONS

    Ages 16 - 64

    Allyn Campus in Batavia

     

    Teens and adults are invited for an inclusive summer retreat in Batavia! Participants check in on Sunday and enjoy a variety of fun recreation activities through Thursday afternoon. With 47 acres, our Allyn Campus is the perfect setting for bonding with peers while enjoying outdoor adventures.

     

    The days are filled with favorite summer activities like archery, fishing and swimming. In the evenings, everyone enjoys bonfires, team-building exercises, game nights & more.

     

    Cost: $700 per session

     

    Program includes commercial kitchen, professionally equipped to accommodate special dietary needs.

     

     
     

    OVERNIGHT STAYCATION

    SESSIONS WITH OPENINGS

     

    SESSION 2

    June 13 - June 17

     

    SESSION 3

    June 20 - June 24

     

    SESSION 4

    June 27- July 1

     

    SESSION 5

    July 4 - July 8

     

    SESSION 7

    July 18 - July 22

     

    SESSION 8

    July 25 - July 29

     

     Click Below to Learn More and Register Online

    Download a flyer with more information on Summer Overnight Staycations, below:

     
     
    HEAR FROM A PARENT
    About the Overnight Staycation Program I Stepping Stones
     
    COVID-19 MODIFICATIONS
     
    PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS DURING COVID-19
    Providing a safe environment and program experience for participants remains Stepping Stones' top priority. To continue providing valuable in-person services to our community, we are closely following guidelines from the Ohio Dept. of Health and Dept. of Developmental Disabilities as well as the American Camping Association.
     
    Here are some of the many safety precautions we have in place:
    Temperature checks for staff and participants, face masks, no mixing of groups, social distancing, no program-wide large gatherings, no outside visitors or volunteers, increased cleaning and assigned program spaces.
     
    CRITERIA OF SERVICE DURING COVID-19
    Following guidelines of state and local officials, we have updated our criteria of service and are unfortunately unable to serve participants at this time who demonstrate one or more of the following:
     
    • Underlying health conditions that cause immune system to be compromised
    • Personal care required throughout the day (toileting care, feeding & mobility necessities)
    • Requires 1:1 services
    • Demonstrates inappropriate behaviors with a higher frequency that could cause harm to a participant or staff member
    • Severe self-injurious behavior
    • Consistent refusal to participate in programming
    • Consistently unable to stay with his/her assigned program group
    • Age 65 or older
     
     
    Stepping Stones, Inc. | 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
     Are you a parent or a caregiver who has children newborn to 17 years old and are willing to share your feedback on child health needs? 

    Please see attached for Discussion Groups for parents/caregivers as part of Cincinnati Children’s Child Health Assessment process that happens every three years. This assessment helps Cincinnati Children’s assess the needs and priorities of the community which informs our strategic goals. Discussion groups will take two hours and will pay parents/families for their time and participation.

    Participants will receive a $100 cash card for participating in a session.

    DATES: May 6, May 13, May 18

    TIME: 4:30 – 6 pm for all dates

    The link and QR Code are included on the attached handout and image below:

    https://redcap.link/Feedback-Parent-Group!

    Call or email for more information 513-636-9327 communityrelations@cchmc.org

    Please feel free to share this opportunity with others who may be interested!


    The 19th annual Milestones National Autism Conference registration is open to professionals, families, and self-advocates

    This year’s virtual format makes the Milestones Conference more accessible than ever.  Everyone can utilize this platform to gain new autism strategies and resources, from the comfort and safety of home.

    Need-based scholarships are also available.

    Please click here for the flyer.  You can find more information about the Milestones National Autism Conference at milestones.org/conference



    My Life

    Link: https://bit.ly/HCDDSmagazine

    Hamilton County DD Services is planning to launch a new magazine this year. Tentatively called My Life, this quarterly magazine aims to empower people with independent life skills, share success stories, and promote opportunities for advocacy and making connections. Most other local publications are written for a wide audience of stakeholders, but this would be written specifically FOR you.

    As we plan, we want people with disabilities to share their thoughts on content ideas and where they would like to receive the magazine. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey and let us know which topics interest you.


     Recruiting Participants for Autism and Perspective-Taking Study

    The Harris Parent Child Interaction Lab is conducting a study on parental teaching of perspective-taking and perspective-taking ability in children of color with autism. The researcher would like to recruit African American, Asian American, or Latino parents and their child with a verifiable diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The child must be verbal and capable of following remote instructions with a stranger and have no other developmental disorder diagnoses. The researcher will give one of the parents an interview regarding the way perspective-taking is taught in their house, and the child will engage in false belief tasks that test the child’s perspective-taking ability. If you have any questions or would like to participate, please contact Annahita Modirrousta at modirra@miamioh.edu or at (615) 473-2814. You may also contact the head of the lab, Dr. Yvette Harris, at harrisyr@miamioh.edu.

     

     Click here to view/print the flyer     


    Our “electronic bulletin board” is a click away on Dropbox!

    All flyers and shared resources can be accessed through this link: https://bit.ly/DDBPflyers

    Dropbox App is available for free.

     

    Please do not reply directly to this email. 

    Family support questions and requests should be emailed to ddbpfamilysupport@cchmc.org . 

    A member of our Family Support Team (FST) will contact you as soon as possible.

     

    CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL NEWS, EVENTS, AND SERVICES

    JUNE 3 and 4: UCCEDD and multiple partners present “CHARTING THE LIFECOURSE Ohio Showcase” (8:45am-1:00pm; online each day)

    Registration online. See flyer for registration link and additional details.

    For: everyone!

    Event Brief: 2 exciting days of conference all about the use of Charting the LifeCourse in Ohio, multiple guest speakers

    Flyer in our Dropbox (link at top of email).

    Reminders!

    ACCEPTING ONLINE APPLICATIONS for the DDBP Family Advisory Council 2021-2023!

    The DDBP Family Advisory Council (DDBP-FAC) was established in 2015 to promote partnerships between families and professionals to enhance family-centered practices within the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP). 

    Each participant serves a 2-year term.  Family advisors must have a child, teen, or young adult that currently receives care within DDBP (active patient presently followed by one or more providers within DDBP).  Meetings are held once a month from September through June.  Family advisors receive a small stipend for participation. Additional information and flyer available in our Dropbox link at the top of this email.

    Positive and proactive applicants apply online TODAY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDBPFAC2021

     

     

     

    AUTISM SPECTRUM and DOWN SYNDROME RESEARCH STUDIES now enrolling!

    Flyers are located in a Dropbox file (link at top of email). Ask your provider too because some studies do not have a flyer.

     

    COMMUNITY AND GREATER CINCINNATI ACCESS AND INCLUSION NETWORK (GCAIN) ACTIVITIES

     

    RESEARCH STUDY: Online Self-Guided Self-Compassion Intervention for Parents

    **Ameena Ahmed is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University AND a 2020-21 UCCEDD LEND trainee within our division.

    Who: over 18 years old, have a child/ren with a diagnosed DD, and access to the internet

    What: participation will require 10-20 minutes of your time, one day per week, for a total of four weeks. You will receive up to $20 in gift cards, dependent upon completion of the study. LINK for more information and to register are available on the flyer in our Dropbox (link at top of email).

    Questions: ahmeda3@xavier.edu

     

    Reminders!

    CANCELLED through the end of May 2021: Cincinnati Art Museum SENSORY FRIENDLY SATURDAY

    The CAM looks forward to providing event in the future with our families.

    Please explore and monitor their ACCESSABILITY page for future activities.

     

     

    ASGC Social and Support Groups

    All flyers posted in “2021 ASGC support and social groups” file in our Dropbox (link at top of this email).

     

    **My office hours are part-time and my schedule varies weekly.  I’ll get back with you as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Cincinnati Children's
    3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4002, Cincinnati, OH 45229

    Phone: 513-636-8684

     


     

     
     
     
    In Case You Missed it...
    Governor DeWine Announced Executive Budget for Fiscal Years 2022-2023
     
     
    Included in the Governor’s budget recommendations are funding and initiatives important to Ohioans with developmental disabilities, their families, and the system that supports them.
    • Maintains FY21 Medicaid reimbursement rates for home and community-based services (HCBS) and Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) services.
    • Continues investment from the previous budget that doubled funding for Part C Early Intervention to support Ohio’s children and families.
    • Satisfies the Ball v DeWine settlement agreement by maintaining funding for 700 state-funded IO waivers as well as continuing to support affordable housing and integrated day and employment services.
    • Provides $1M in new funding to bolster the state’s efforts in the use of innovative technology for more Ohioans with developmental disabilities to be more fully integrated into their community and live with greater independence.
    • Increases investment in supports for multi-system youth and their families by $10.5M over the biennium.
     
    Read more and see Director Davis's comments here.
     
    DODD will provide more information and updates on the progress of the bill until it is finalized on July 1, 2021.
     
    This Month @ DODD
     
     
    DODD COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
     
    DODD Statewide Support Teams Can Help
     
    New DSP Webpage and Vision Paper Launched
     
    DSP Vision and Work Plan
     
    DODD created a vision paper for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The vision paper lays out core values and a workplan for DSPs. In addition to the vision paper, DODD launched a new webpage with resources and information just for DSPs. Check it out here!
     
    Waiver Simplification and Improvement Subcommittee Created
     
     
    Learn more about the DODD Waiver Simplification and Improvement subcommittee and provide feedback to inform the group as recommendations are being made to improve and simplify Ohio's Level One and SELF waivers.
     
     
    Early Intervention Transition Guidance
     
     
    Growing Family Resilience Resource Now in Spanish
     
    Through partnerships with the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, Profluence, and Soul Bird, DODD has released a Spanish version of Growing Family Resilience which allows these important resources to be available to more families throughout Ohio. This version and the Growing Family Resilience series provide resources and tools to help families understand the role of trauma and learn techniques to be resilient.
     
    Watch Dr. Laura's Q & A About the COVID-19 Vaccine
     
    Dr. Laura's Medical Moment: Q&A About the COVID-19 Vaccine
     
    Dr. Laura answers additional questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine.
     
    Have a question? Submit your question in the DODD Family Forum and get your questions answered and possibly featured in a future Medical Moment video segment.
     
    Registration Open for 2021 Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day
     
     
    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be hosted online. We look forward to “coming together through the distance” for a special hour-long presentation from leaders and self-advocates and meetings with state legislators. The presentation and legislative meetings will be streamed through Zoom. Legislative appointments will be held during the afternoon and based on legislator availability. Learn More.
     
    Learning Aid Ohio Now Open to Students in Hybrid Learning Districts
     
     
    Applications for this program can be submitted at  www.LearningOhio.com and families who qualify will be awarded up to $1,500 in financial support to be used for learning provider services.
     
    Anyone interested in becoming a provider for Learning Aid Ohio should fill out the learning provider application on the website. Once approved, more information will be provided about how to create a bio so families can view available services. 
     
     
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    Navigating the Journey from School to Adult Life
    As a member of teams that educate, collaborate in future planning, and coordinate services and support for adults and children with developmental disabilities, you play an important role in supporting transition age youth and their families during this unique time. 

    Register Now for 2021 Webinars
    Building off of The Journey webinar series from last spring, the Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI is pleased to continue to offer a series of webinars to support you in helping youth with complex needs and their families navigate the journey from school to adult life.

    The webinars explore important topics and feature resources and tools for transition assessment and planning, as well as student instruction and family engagement. 
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    Unpredictability, flexibility, and uncertainty have all been part of our personal and professional lives since the pandemic hit last spring. With all of these changes to our daily lives, routines, and activities, maintaining a balanced life and taking care of yourself, while taking care of others in your care, might continue to seem out-of-reach. And trust us, you’re certainly not alone. However, being at YOUR best is important for you and those in your care. This means giving attention to your mental, emotional, and physical well-being. As we head into the New Year, let’s look at four simple tips that anyone can use and do every day to promote better self-care.

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    The COVID-19 workgroup, as part of the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disability, has developed a social story about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.  Please use and share this resource.  It can also be found electronically at: https://www.ucucedd.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Social-Story_Getting-the-COVID19-Vaccine.pdf

    We recognize this is a very quickly moving and ever-changing process related to vaccines. We expect we’ll need to update this or maybe even make different versions based on where/how people end up getting the vaccine. This is a start, however, and we hope people/families could begin using it to prepare.

    Kara Ayers, PhD

    Assistant Professor
    Associate Director

    University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD)
    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
    Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4002, Cincinnati, OH 45229


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    Listening Sessions for Parents with students with disabilities

    Click here to view/print the flyer for Listening Sessions for Parents with students with disabilities


     


    UCCEDD Guide to Interacting with Police

    The UCCEDD is excited to share their new resource: A Guide for Interacting with Police for individuals with disabilities. Use this link to access the guide:

    https://www.ucucedd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/PWD-and-the-police-FA-WEB.pdf

    Please share this with your networks.

    Thank you and stay safe!

    Erica Coleman, MS, CHES, TTS

    University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD)


    The Coronavirus and Autism Behavioral Study (CABS) a lab at The Ohio State University is looking at the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on children with autism spectrum disorder and their families, while also identifying the factors that contribute to child and family risk and resiliency within this population.

     

    For families, taking part in the study is exciting, easy, and enjoyable. The study is conducted entirely online/virtually, in the home of the participants and at a time of their convenience. Each participant will be asked to complete a phone screening, a series of questionnaires designed to understand the child and his/her family’s experiences, and join a researcher for two video interviews meant to discuss the child’s development in-depth. We anticipate each participant to commit to 5.5 – 6 hours overall, over the course of about 3 months. All of the information we collect will be kept completely confidential, and we compensate participants for their time.

     

    Attached is the IRB approval letter for the project, a study flyer and letter written for parents that we ask if you might be willing to distribute for recruitment. 

     

    If you are interested in participating in this research or have questions, please contact EmailCABS-Research@osu.edu 

    Research Opp Flyer


    COMMUNITY AND GREATER CINCINNATI ACCESS AND INCLUSION NETWORK (GCAIN) ACTIVITIES

    Reminders! 

    Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati Support and Social Groups (ASGC) *All flyers for the support and social groups are in Dropbox under the file called “2020 ASGC Resources including support and social groups”

     

    • Parent Support Group Online (Tuesdays ONLY, 7-8 pm)
    • AWE and ASGC Virtual Support Group for Black and Brown Families (Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm)
    • Facebook Groups for Parents/Caregivers (different groups based upon age of child with ASD)
    • Kids Exploring Fun (Saturdays, 9-10am; online)
    • Teen Hangout Online (Fridays, 5:30-7pm)
    • Adults with Autism Support Groups Online (Sundays, 6:30-8:00 pm)
    • Adults with Autism Friday Fun Night Online (Fridays, starts at 7:30 pm)
    • Professionals Support Group Online (Fridays, 11am-12:30pm)

    Amy Turner-Iannacci
    Family Outreach Associate and Family Advisory Council (FAC) Staff Liaison
    Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DDBP)

    **My office hours are part-time and my schedule varies weekly.  I’ll get back with you as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Cincinnati Children's
    3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 4002, Cincinnati, OH 45229

    Phone: 513-636-8684

     


    UCCEDD Guide to Interacting with Police

    The UCCEDD is excited to share their new resource: A Guide for Interacting with Police for individuals with disabilities. Use this link to access the guide:

    https://www.ucucedd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/PWD-and-the-police-FA-WEB.pdf

    Please share this with your networks.

    Thank you and stay safe!

    Erica Coleman, MS, CHES, TTS

    University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD)


     I am excited to share We Rock the Spectrum's Fall Camp Program. This program is designed for children enrolled in virtual learning for the school year. WRTS Cincinnati will be offering a clean and safe environment for children to complete their remote learning. Children will bring their laptops and headphones and will be socially distanced in groups by their grade level. This program will not only give students the ability to complete their learning but also participate in arts and crafts and have recess in the Kids Gym. There will be a tutor on-site to assist with learning as needed. Please feel free to pass along this flier and interest form to those in your communities. I am also adding a direct link to the Facebook post. Please contact Info@werockthespectrumcincinnati.com  if you have any questions! Thank you!! 

    https://www.facebook.com/100697624743555/posts/188263139320336/?d=n

    Interest Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebCSa_fR0wj2d03ldWg3FtrUo5MQFFrrjpUI25mqG2C-wv_w/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2D7EygUlYnfIWFRuA8SCMvzwR7XjcxGGqz_IrLpXHjxiUiX28oryqVyXc

    We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym "For All Kids"-Cincinnati

    4060 East Galbraith Rd. Unit 17

    Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

    www.werockthespectrumcincinnati.com

    www.facebook.com/wrtscincinnati 

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    www.mybrotherrocksthespectrumfoundation.com


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    This is a survey for families of school-aged children (ages 6-22) with intellectual or developmental disabilities that we created in response to rapidly changing circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Your families’ input about their experiences during this time is vital for practitioners, educators, and others to understand how we can better support them. We are asking families to complete this survey at three-time points (once every 2 months). Families who complete the survey will be entered into a lottery and will be eligible to win a $20 Amazon gift card at each time point.

    Please note, our survey is currently only offered in English, but we will be getting out a Spanish translated survey within the next few weeks. We will follow up when the Spanish-translated survey is available.

    Thank you so much for your help on this. Please feel free to reach out if you have any follow-up questions.

    TAKE OUR SURVEY ON FAMILIES' EXPERIENCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC! 

    • Are you a biological parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, foster parent, friend or family member with caregiving responsibilities? 
    • DO YOU LIVE WITH A SCHOOL-AGED CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF 6 AND 22 WITH AN INTELLECTUAL OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY(I/DD)?
    • Are you interested to sharing about your experiences during this unique time?

    If you answered YES to the above questions, please participate in our study by taking a short survey online at three time points (once every 2 months). Your survey responses MATTER. They will help us determine how to support families during this crisis. You will also be entered into a raffle to win a $20 Amazon gift card each time you take the survey.

    Click on the link below to answer questions about your home life, work-life, and health/well- being.

     
          Have questions about this research study?  No problem!  Feel free to contact
          Dr. Margaret Rosencrons atMargaret.rosencrans@osumc.edu 
     

    CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY

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    Quick Reads

    Raising Expectation and Addressing Inequities in Edtech:  Technology and art teacher Mary Beth Hertz calls on educators to ask themselves key equity questions when considering edtech tools to adopt for digital teaching this fall.


    In the News

    Reopening America Won't Fix the Digital Divide Picking up on a Digital Promise webinar featuring President and CEO Karen Cator with Education Trust President and CEO John King, Jr., and Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie, Lifewire reports on the digital inequities "laid bare" by COVID-19.

    “The stark reality is that this is really an equity crisis for the country. Distance learning has both revealed and exacerbated long-standing inequities,” said former Education Secretary under Barack Obama, John B. King Jr., during a recent online conversation hosted by Digital Promise President and CEO Karen Cator. 

    Listen to the webinar here.

                                              

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    Partnerships at Work 

    Building a national coalition of white education co-conspirators

    In a powerful piece, Black Educators Need White Co-conspirators to Combat Racism In Schools and Empower Our Students To Succeed, Kim Smith, executive director of Digital Promise's League of Innovative Schools, writes:  "System transformation resides in the privilege afforded to white leaders, from policymakers to nonprofit executives to superintendents who may have the best intentions but rarely achieve equitable results. Hence, the need for co-conspirators."

    Her call to action? Build a national coalition of white education co-conspirators who are willing to use their privilege to catalyze anti-racist actions in partnership, advocacy, and support of Black leaders, with the goal of creating the conditions for Black students to thrive.

    Sign up here.