• Workshops and Events in the Cincinnati area:

    Autism Connections
    October 25 -31, 2021 | Issue 31
    Programs this Week
    Tuesday, October 26
    7:00-8:30 p.m.
    An online support group for caregivers and family members who have a loved one with autism.
    Miércoles 27 de octubre
    6:00-7:30 p.m.
    Un grupo de apoyo en línea en español, para cuidadores y familiares que tienen un ser querido con autismo.
    Wednesday, October 27
    7:30-9:00 p.m.
    An online support group for black and brown caregivers and family members who have a loved one with autism.
    Thursday, October 28
    1:30-3:00 p.m.
    A new online support group for women with autism and chronic physical health concerns. LGBTQ+ friendly.
    Friday, October 29
    11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    An online support group for professionals
    in the developmental disability field.
    Friday, October 29
    5:30-7:00 p.m.
    An online social program for teens 13-17 with autism to make friends, play games, hangout and have fun.
    Friday, October 29
    7:30-9:00 p.m.
    An online social program for adults with autism to talk, play a variety of games,
    have fun and lots of laughs!.
    Saturday, October 30
    9:00-10:00 a.m.
    An online autism program for children 3-12 to explore creativity, socialization and FUN!
    Sunday, October 31
    6:30-8:00 p.m.
    An online support group for adults with autism to share successes and concerns, give and receive support, and be a part of a community that understands.
    Have You Registered for Pumpkin Palooza Yet?
    Registration is now open for this year’s virtual Pumpkin Palooza: A Race Through the Pumpkin Patch! Join us through November 21 for an individual and team fundraiser event.
    Create your own personal fundraising page to share with friends and family, raise funds for Autism Society Greater Cincinnati and “race” through a virtual pumpkin patch to the finish line… prizes will be awarded following the conclusion of the race! 
    Questions? Contact Taylor Haag, Development & Marketing Director, at thaag@autismcincy.org.
    Possibilities for Diverse Abilities – November 11
    Join us for the fourth event of a four-part FREE virtual series with Possibilities for Diverse Abilities on Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.
    This session will focus on educational options for children with disabilities and share more about the differences between public, private and parochial schools as well as information about the Autism Scholarship. 
    Professionals Support Group 
    Individuals who work in the developmental disabilities field can join us on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in partnership with the Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio, for our Professionals Support Group.
    This group provides professionals a space to vent, talk about current challenges, and receive support and encouragement in a safe, nonjudgmental forum, with others who understand and relate. 
    Teen Time Hangout 
    Teen Time Hangouts are designed to give teens ages 13-17 with autism opportunities to interact with peers, play games, practice social skills, build friendships, and have FUN. Teens can join us on Zoom every Friday from 5:30– 7 p.m. Register in advance by clicking the button below.
    Autism Society Greater Cincinnati
    The Pathways to Employment program is excited to be hosting several Open Houses this year! Interested students and their families will have two opportunities to visit the program in person, as well as one virtual opportunity. Click here to view/print our flyer with all the important details. Please feel free to share with anyone that may be interested. 
    Thank you! 
    Katie Fleming
    Supervisor/Consultant, Intervention and Support Services
    Hamilton County ESC
    11083 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231
    Visit us at www.hcesc.org
    Adult Life with I/DD -- Planning for All Stages
    Want to be proactive about planning for the future and not sure where to start?
    This workshop is for you!
    Presenters Marion Cosgrove Rauch, Christy Gregg, and Stephanie Leung will walk you through tools that will help you tackle important issues such as:
    -Legal safeguards
    -Future planning
    -Honoring a Loved One’s wishes
    Date/Time: Friday, November 12,12:00-1:00 pm OR
    Wednesday, November 17, 7:00-8:00 pm
    Location: Virtual, via Zoom platform
    Details: Please only register for one of the workshops as the content is the same on both days. Registrants will receive the zoom link on the actual day of the workshop.
    Cost: There is no charge for this workshop.
    For Friday, November 12th, 12:00-1:00 pm Register Here
    For Wednesday, November 17th, 7:00-8:00 pm Register Here
    Contact with questions: Marion Cosgrove Rauch marion.cosgroverauch@cchmc.org
    University of Cincinnati UCEDD | 3430 Burnet Ave MLC 4002, Cincinnati, OH 45229
    If you haven’t heard, this year, Pumpkin Palooza will be held virtually over a span of five weeks from October 18 - November 21 and is an individual and team fundraiser event.  
    Individuals and teams will have a chance to create a fundraising page to share with friends and family, raise funds for Autism Society Greater Cincinnati (ASGC) and “race” through a virtual pumpkin patch during the campaign period.  
    We’ll update the virtual race standings via email and our ASGC social media channels, so be sure to keep an eye out each week! Prizes will be awarded to the top team and individual fundraisers following the final race! 
    Visit www.autismcincy.org/events/pumpkinpalooza2021 for registration information and everything from how-to docs to fundraising tips. We’ll be updating this page frequently throughout the campaign, so be sure to check back often. 
    For questions related to sponsorships, forming a team or anything else Pumpkin Palooza, please contact Taylor Haag, Development & Marketing Director, at thaag@autismcincy.org or (513) 561-2300, ext. 4. 
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    Autism Society Greater Cincinnati | P.O. Box 75, Milford, OH 45150
    October 13, 2021
    Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness in October
    It's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (#NDEAM). Check out OODWorks.com or the Employment First webpage for more employment information.
    Save the date for the National Disability Employment Awareness Virtual Symposium on October 26, from 9 AM - 1:30 PM. Director Davis will be sharing about DODD's priorities and initiatives around employment!
    This Month
    Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month
    New Podcast Episode: Discussing the OhioISP
    Check out Ohio Family Network member, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio for more information and resources.
    Director Davis talks with Mary Thompson-Hufford, Melissa Skaggs, and Amber Cross, about the anticipation of OhioISP. 
    Ohio Technology First Taskforce Releases Recommendations
    To inform the Technology First Taskforce of the needs of people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their system of support, DODD convened a diverse group of stakeholders to outline recommendations for the Technology First Taskforce. The group met from May 2021 through September 2021 with the charge to outline key recommendations for the Ohio Technology First Taskforce. Their recommendations were finalized in September 2021 and will be presented at the kick-off Technology First Taskforce Meeting on October 28, 2021. Learn more about the Ohio Technology First Taskforce and recommendations here.
    Your Shot to End Covid | Cincinnati Children's
    Your Shot to End COVID-19
    Natalia Eckerson, Mom, Caregiver, Disability Advocate: "COVID vaccines are working and are giving people freedom to have fun again." 
    View these additional COVID-19 vaccine Plain Language documents: 
    Read the RAISE Family Caregivers Act Initial Report to Congress
    On September 22, 2021, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Act Family Caregiving Advisory Council delivered its initial report to Congress.  It includes a comprehensive review of the current state of family caregiving and 26 recommendations for how the federal government, states, tribes, territories, and communities—in partnership with the private sector—can better Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage family caregivers. 
    Mental Health is Health
    Dr. Laura talks with Dr. Gentile about the importance of mental wellness to a person's overall health.
    The Tollgate Home - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
    New Youth Home Open in Licking County
    Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities opens youth home. The Tollgate Home is one example of new options being developed to keep youth with complex needs close to their families and communities while providing them with the support they need.
    Join the Ohio 20th Annual Ohio SIBS Conference
    Join the Ohio SIBS Annual Conference on Saturday, November 6 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Speakers include:
    • Director Jeff Davis, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
    • Carolyn Wheeler, M.S., University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
    • Susan White, MSSW CSW, University of Kentucky, Assessor, Supports for Community Living
    • Erin Byrne, Self-advocate and Musician
    Learn more at www.ohiosibs.org.
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    Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities | 30 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215


    Elavie Consulting, LLC is hosting a webinar on using sensory bins to promote development.

    Join the lunch and learn on October 21st at noon on Facebook Live at www.Facebook.com/elavieconsult

    Questions? Contact rebekah@elavieconsulting.com

    Rebekah Doak, MEd

    Elavie Consulting, LLC

    Sensory Bins Flyer

    Join Self-Advocate Diana Mairose and others for Creative Conversations. We want to hear about your feelings and what’s important to you. Come share about yourself! Whether it’s through Art, Music, Photos, Poems, stories, music, or words, we want to hear about YOU!

    Expression Hour Flyer

    APPLY NOW to the Transition and Access Program (TAP)!  
    TAP is a four-year college certificate program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  TAP students live, learn, work, and lead at the University of Cincinnati! 
    It's time to TAP into your Future! Click here for the application and process.
    **Early Action candidates for the 2021-2022 school year are eligible for a scholarship up to $500, so get your applications in by the Early Action Deadline of November 1st!**

    ~The ATS Team
    Visit our website to learn more about these life-changing programs or email us at ats@uc.edu.




     DDBP NEWS: Sept 20 - Oct 3, 2021

    What's new?
    • Research Opportunity
    • UCCEDD Grad Student Position
    • Transition Bootcamp: Self-Determination
    • Webinar with Dr. Amie Duncan
    • RAAC and OOD SW OH Regional Forum
    • DDBP OUTREACH Using Visual Supports
    • DDBP OUTREACH Autism 101
    Anyone can join our listserv here: https://bit.ly/DDBPNEWS
    Questions or Suggestions:


    Click on each picture for a PDF copy of the flyer. Email links are underlined.


    Autism 101
    This 1-hour course provides information about the diagnosis of ASD, including common behaviors and characteristics.
    The instructor will also discuss updated research, common myths, and evidence-base assessments and therapy options.
    Registration opens on Sept 28 at 9:00am
    October 28 from 5:30-6:30pm
    Online using ZOOM
    $10 per family
    Nov 11 & Nov 18 DDBP OUTREACH
    Toilet Training
    2-Day Virtual Class
    One-time registration fee of $15 per family. Includes both days of training and one training manual.
    Register by contacting Jennifer Gastright at 513-636-2742 or by email below.


    1. Schedule vaccine appointment at the Burnet campus for child 12+.
    2. Contact the Behavior Support Team (BST) at 513-636-6989.




    Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services is creating its 2022-2024 Strategic Plan.

    The Strategic Plan guides the agency’s priorities over the next three years. You can make your voice heard and be part of the

    planning process. We're interested in gathering feedback from all of our stakeholders.

    Please join us, for a virtual conversation, to share your thoughts about the future.

    We look forward to hearing from all of you!


    Click here to find out how to register


    Behavioral Health & Mental Wellness Symposium: Getting a Grip on Anxiety

    October 20th, 2021 8am-4pm

    Location: Hamilton County ESC Conference Center

    11083 Hamilton Avenue

    Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

    Learn more about this event, our speakers, and the agenda on our website:


    For more information, contact Becky Leming at becky.leming@hcesc.org or 513.674.4259.

    Register by September 20th and save $25 off registration!

    Deadline to Register is October 18th at: WWW.HCESC.ORG/PD  SESSION ID 41283

    Click here to view/print the flyer



    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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    The BEST Version of YOU in the New Year: Everyday Tips to Promote Self-Care
    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:


    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



    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)

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

    Phone: 513-636-8684