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    2023 REGISTRATION IS OPEN
     
    Stepping Stones is excited to share updates on weekend recreation program options for children, teens and adults with disabilities! Registration for 2023 dates is now open.
     
    Please Note: Program spots are limited.
    We encourage everyone to apply as early as possible.
     
     
    SATURDAY KIDS CLUB
    Ages 5 - 16
    Given Campus in Indian Hill
    $55 per session
     
    Children and young teens bond with their peers over fun seasonal activities in art, nature, sensory and more. Saturday Clubs operate twice a month at our Given Campus in Indian Hill.
     
    2023 DATES:
    • January 7
    • January 21
    • February 4
    • February 18
    • March 4
    • March 18
    • April 1
    • April 15
     
    TIME:
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
     
    ADDRESS:
    5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
     
    WEEKEND RESPITES
    Ages 16 - 65+
    Allyn Campus in Batavia
    $350 per session
     
    Participants move into our scenic 47-acre Allyn Campus on Friday evening and enjoy a fun-filled stay through Sunday afternoon. Activities include art, sensory science, wellness, talent shows and more.
     
    2023 DATES
    • Jan 13 - 15
    • Jan 27 - 29
    • Feb 10 - 12
    • Feb 24 - 26
    • Mar 10 - 12
    • Mar 24 - 26
    • April 21 - 23
     
    TIME:
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
     
    ADDRESS:
    1414 Lake Allyn Rd, Batavia, OH 45103
     
    Program includes commercial kitchen, professionally equipped to accommodate special dietary needs.
     
    All programs include a highly trained staff, licensed nurses, certified lifeguards, activities adaptable for all abilities and small group ratios.
     
    To pay for services, we accept IO, level one and SELF waivers from the state of Ohio as well as other third-party or private funding sources.
     
    FREE OVERNIGHT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITY
     
     
    Stepping Stones is pleased to announce an opportunity for adults to register for a FREE overnight program experience with us in a Weekend Respite or Overnight Staycation next summer.
     
    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
    • Ohio resident age 18 - 65+
    • Does not have an active Ohio waiver
    • Meets service criteria (below)
     
    HOW TO APPLY
    To learn more about this free overnight program opportunity, please contact our Client Services Dept. at (513) 965-5108 to learn more and register.
     
    HELP SPREAD THE WORD
     
    Click to download, below, and feel free to share with anyone you feel would benefit from our services!
     
    CRITERIA OF SERVICE
    Stepping Stones strives to safely accommodate as many participants as possible. We're currently unable to serve participants who demonstrate one or more of the following:
     
    • Require 1:1 services
    • Demonstrate harmful behaviors at high frequency
    • Unable to stay or sleep in a group setting
    • Severe self-injurious behavior
    • Unable to perform personal care tasks independently or with verbal prompting
     
     
    Stepping Stones, Inc. | 5650 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243
     

     
     
     
     
     
    HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! 
    Mason Challenger Baseball
    registration is now open!


    Please consider helping us get the word out about the
    Mason Challenger 2023 Spring Registration.


    Mason Challenger 2023 Spring Baseball Season is now open! 
    Our registration is open from November 1, 2022 thru January 31, 2023.

     

    We would love your help getting the word out about our program.  We have attached a current flyer with information and links to the website. 

    Yes! we play in Mason- BUT our program is open to all youth and adults that live with a disability in Southwest, Ohio.

     

    Our program continues to grow every year.  This will be our 11th season. 
    Last year we had over 105 participants on 10 teams.

    Mason Challenger is an adaptive baseball program
    for those that live with a disability. 

    We welcome all youth and adults living with a disability
    to come play with us. 

    We are able to adapt our program with the help of baseball buddies. 

    Our program is similar to a typical Little League Program.  We currently play on typical baseball fields, each participants is assigned to a team that is based on age and ability.  We offer a Minor League, Major League and our Senior League.

    Player receive a team jersey, hat and a participation award at the end of the season. We use the same equipment that their neurotypical friends and siblings do. 



    Please let us know if you have any questions.
    You can reach out to Susan Murdock at challenger@masonyouth.org or by phone/text at 513-225-9699 

    Thank you for sharing our opportunity with those living with a disability. 


    Sincerely,

    Mason Challenger League
     
     
     

    Mason Youth Organization

    P.O. Box 441
    Mason, OH  45040
    www.masonyouth.org

     

       

    Email: challenger@masonyouth.org
     



    Mason Youth Organization

    For general inquiries, please contact your organization directly.
    Email: president@masonyouth.org
     
     
     
    746 Willoughby Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30312
    www.sportsconnect.com
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    DDBP NEWS: Nov 7 - 20, 2022 (Issue 21)
     
     
    What's new?
    • Spirited Staff Halloween Photos
    • CCHMC Blog Post: 9 Questions to Ask When You Suspect Your Preschooler has ADHD
    • Nov 7: Understanding Child Mental Health Diagnosis
    • Nov 12: Family Inclusive Sensory Hours at the Newport Aquarium
    • Nov 17: UCCEDD Guardianship and Alternatives
    • Dec 1: DDBP Outreach Using Visual Supports
     
    Anyone can join our listserv here: https://bit.ly/DDBPNEWS
    Questions or Suggestions:
     
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    Click on each picture for a PDF copy of the flyer.
    Email links are bolded and underlined. New items are highlighted with a purple title.
    All flyers can be found here: https://bit.ly/DDBPflyers
     
     
    Reminder!
    DDBP Family Advisory Council (FAC) Tips
    "(FAC)ts Every Family Needs to Know"
     
    This DDBP (FAC)ts Sheet lists relevant family supports and resources within DDBP and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
     
    The document is three pages and the PDF copy can be accessed by clicking on the photo.
     
    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
     
    2022 SPIRITED STAFF HALLOWEEN PHOTOS
     
     
    Jennifer from our UCCEDD.
     
    Our Medical Assistants brought Monsters Inc to life! Adrienne is Mike Wasowski. Sarah is Boo. Natasha is Sully.
     
     
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    CLASSES AND EVENTS
     
     
    TONIGHT!!!
    UNDERSTANDING CHILD MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS
     
    November 7 from 5:30-6:30pm
    In-person at Lockland or Virtual
     
    Please read flyer carefully.
     
    Click here to attend online using ZOOM.
    Meeting ID: 872 3332 0314
    Passcode: 266198
     
     
    Family Inclusive Sensory Hours
    at the NEWPORT AQUARIUM
     
    November 12 from 8:00-10:00am
    Newport Aquarium
    Ticket Purchase or Pass Required
     
    Click on photo for list of accommodations and supports provided.
     
    Do not delay! This event has limited capacity and it is likely to sell out.
     
    Pass holders can reserve their time through the portal.
     
     
    UCCEDD Booster Session
    GUARDIANSHIP AND ALTERNATIVES
     
    November 17 from 6:00-8:00pm
    Online using Zoom
    FREE but must register
     
    Guest Speaker: Derek L. Graham, Esq.
     
     
    DDBP Outreach
    USING VISUAL SUPPORTS
     
    December 1 from 5:00-6:00pm
    In-Person or Online
    $10 per Family
    Registration Required
     
    Understand ways to tailor visual supports based on your child's developmental level.
    Learn how to use visual supports for increased behavioral success and more.
     
    PREVIOUSLY FEATURED CLASSES AND EVENTS
    Click on a picture for more information and registration.
     
     
     
     
     
    SERVICES AND SUPPORT
     
     
     
     
     
    RESEARCH STUDIES
     
     
     
    COMMUNITY PARTNERS
     
     
     
     
     
     
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  • This year, the AT Consortium has decided to give back.  We will be hosting an Adapted Toy Wonderland.  You can nominate a student or friend to come try out over 50 different switch adapted toys.  Students/Friends can then select their favorite and take it home, at no charge. There will be other family centered activities such as adapted art stations for card making and gift wrapping.  If you would like to nominate someone, please complete this form: https://forms.office.com/r/qFHqLdMvNS 

    Thank you for helping us to spread the word! 

    The speakers in this Transition Booster session are from Northeast Ohio. But the topic may be of interest to anyone in Ohio.
     
     
    University of Cincinnati UCEDD | 3430 Burnet Ave MLC 4002, Cincinnati, OH 45229
     
    October 12, 2022
     
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
     
    We recognize October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
     
    Earlier this year, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Employment First. Employment First is a policy to ensure every Ohioan with developmental disabilities, of working age, has an opportunity to seek employment. In the past decade, provider agencies, county boards, schools, businesses, and other advocates all worked together to shift expectations, and ensure that access to the supports needed to have a job in the community are available and high-quality. We have shifted expectations for students with developmental disabilities transitioning from school, as well as developed new supports and state-of-the-art planning so that every working-age adult with developmental disabilities can explore their career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests. For more information, visit the Employment First website.
     
    This Month
     
     
    Are you #ThankfulForTech?
     
     
    Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
     
    Halloween
     
     
    Tag DODD on social media and use #ThankfulforTech throughout November! Submit your stories to communications.team@dodd.ohio.gov.
     
     
    Learning Aid Ohio offers supplemental learning support to students with IEPs and 504 Plans across Ohio. Watch the video above to learn more about the program and hear firsthand how helpful it is for Stellan.
     
     
    Be kind this halloween and be aware of trick-or-treaters that may be a little out of their comfort zone by learning more about the blue bucket.
     
     
    Syndrome Spotlight: Down Syndrome
     
    Did you know October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month? Click to read about Dr. Laura Cifra-Bean's experience as a mom raising a son with Down Syndrome and hear directly from her son Chris about what he wants you to know about Down Syndrome.
     
     
    OhioISP Webinar for Families
     
    Does someone in your family or someone you are guardian of receive services? DODD would like to share with you how the service plan will be developed and look using the OhioISP. Please join us on October 18, 2022, at 7 PM
     
    OhioISP and Charting the LifeCourse
    Charting the LifeCourse and OhioISP
     
    An Individual Service Plan (ISP) is the written details of the supports, activities, and resources that will be provided to a person receiving services from their County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). The OhioISP will be used by County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and ICFs throughout all of Ohio. The OhioISP places the needs of the person receiving services at the very center of the planning process. Charting the LifeCourse is one way people and families can prepare for their OhioISP conversations. Take a look at how Charting the LifeCourse can be used to help you prepare for your OhioISP.  Find more information about the OhioISP on this webpage, including a factsheet made just for families.
     
     
    Sib 2 Sibs Sessions
     
    Check out Sib 2 Sibs sessions Tuesdays in October. Sessions are for youth ages 7-12 that are siblings of people with developmental disabilities.
     
     
    Charting the LifeCourse Series for Families
     
    Hear how you can use the resources and tools to plan and advocate across the lifespan. The series is October 27, November 3, and November 10 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM.
     
     
    Representative Payee Handbook
     
    Benefits from the Social Security Administration are important considerations for people with developmental disabilities. This guide is intended to provide information to beneficiaries of either SSI, SSDI, or the individual assisting the beneficiary as a Representative Payee.
     
     
     
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    Dear Colleague,

    Internet access is now necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. However, for many households, it remains unaffordable. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants everyone, including your clients, to access reasonably priced internet services. The FCC recently launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to reduce the cost of getting online.

    The ACP provides a discount of up to:

    • $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households.
    • $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.

    Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 toward purchasing a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. To qualify for this one-time discount, households must contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

    Any household with an individual who receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is eligible to receive discounted internet service through the ACP. Social Security doesn’t count ACP assistance as income or a resource for SSI purposes. Receipt of this assistance will not affect a person’s SSI payment.

    Please read our blog article for additional information.

    I encourage you to share this information with your clients, families, friends, members, colleagues, affiliates, and other interested parties.

    Sincerely,
     
    Doug Nguyen
    Regional Communications Director
    Chicago Regional Public Affairs Office
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    Autism Connections

    October 10-16 | Issue 81

    In-Person

    Programs this Week

    Teen Time Hangouts

    Friday, October 14

    5:30-7 p.m. ET

    at Linden Grove School

    A social program for teens 13-17 with autism to make friends, play games, hangout, and have fun.

    Teen Crafting Club

    Saturday, October 15

    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

    at COhatch Milford

    A program for teen girls on the autism spectrum, who enjoy arts and crafts and want to connect with others who have similar interests.

    Online

    Programs this Week

    Parent & Caregiver Support Group

    Tuesday, October 11

    7-8:30 p.m. ET

    An online support group for caregivers and family members who have a loved one with autism.

    Women Sharing Together

    Thursday, October 13

    1:30-3 p.m. ET

    An online support group for women with autism and chronic physical health concerns. LGBTQ+ friendly.

    Adult Game Night

    Friday, October 14

    7:30-9 p.m. ET

    An online social program for adults with autism to talk, play a variety of games, and

    have fun and lots of laughs!

    Adult Support Group

    Sunday, October 16

    6:30-8 p.m. ET

    An online support group for adults with autism to share successes and concerns, to give and receive support, and to be a part of a community that understands.

    Events Calendar

    Don’t forget, we post our upcoming programs and other community events on our website calendar. Bookmark it to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in and around the community each month.

    Stay Tuned for Pumpkin Palooza 2022!

    The Pumpkin Palooza is coming up next week! This online fundraiser will run from October 18 to November 18, covering an entire month of team building, individual fundraising, tips and tricks for meeting your fundraising goals, and prizes for the top team and individual fundraisers. Stay tuned for an email this Thursday explaining how the fundraiser works, how you can get involved as an individual or team, and how you can become the top fundraiser!

    Update to Professionals Support Group Schedule

    Our Professionals Support Group schedule is changing! Instead of meeting every Friday, we will be changing to a twice-per-month schedule on the first and third Friday of the month, meeting from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET on Zoom. Please note: if you have attended in the past, the existing Zoom link will no longer work, and you will need to re-register on Zoom at the linked button below. We hope you can join us and other professionals working in the IDD field to vent, talk about current challenges, as well as receive encouragement and support in a safe, nonjudgmental forum. Brought to you in partnership with the Regional Autism Advisory Council of Southwest Ohio.

    New Pros Support Group Link

    RSVP for Possibilities for Diverse Abilities Fair

    Are you planning to attend the Possibilities for Diverse Abilities Family Fall Festival and Disability Resource Fair? It’s happening on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET at the Heidt Center of Excellence (4550 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227). Let us know how many of your family members are coming by responding at the linked button below. Attendance is FREE, and so are all the giveaways, activities, and IDD resource information. Food trucks will be selling food, and snacks and water will be available for attendees!

    RSVP For Your Family

    PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

    Teen Time Hangouts Are Every Friday!

    Teen Time Hangouts is a social program for teens aged 13-17 on the autism spectrum. If your teen is interested in socializing with others their age, then they are welcome to join us for conversation, games, and fun while we build friendships with other teens. We have Teen Time every Friday online, but on the second Friday of the month, Teen Time is only in-person at Linden Grove School (4122 Myrtle Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45236) from 10 a.m. till 12 p.m. ET.

     

    The next in-person meeting is this Friday, October 14. If your teen is joining us, make sure to register at www.tinyurl.com/TeenTimeatLGS, which will make sure you receive the appropriate emails with specific information on location, attendance, and expectations. Registration for in-person Teen Time is required each month. For in-person sessions, pizza and water will be provided for teens. Parents are encouraged to stay at the program for the first half-hour, and are required to stay for the duration of the program if their kid has high support needs. You can learn more by clicking the flyer to the left.

     

    If your teen is interested in going to Teen Time online, make sure to register to receive a Zoom link and passcode at www.tinyurl.com/TeenTimeOnline. Registration for online Teen Time is only required once.

     

    If you have any questions about in-person or online programming for Teen Time, please reach out to Hadia Khan, Program Director, at hkhan@autismcincy.org, or go to the Teen Time site at the linked button below.

    Teen Time Site

    COMMUNITY CORNER

    Surviving and Thriving: Your Toolkit

    for a Successful School Year

    The Regional Autism Advisory Council (RAAC) of Southwest Ohio is hosting a two-day series on Surviving and Thriving: Your Toolkit for a Successful Schoolyear. These are virtual or in-person sessions, covering many training topics (with CEUs available) on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET at the Xavier University Health United Building (1723 Cleneay Avenue, Norwood, OH 45212). These sessions are ideal for all school personnel, especially those who support students for disabilities, caregivers, and other supports. Click the linked button below to learn more about fee rates, which are different for professionals, caregivers/family members, and students. If you attend in-person, you can purchase a meal voucher to use at the Xavier cafeteria between presentations. With questions, contact Anne Tapia of RAAC at anne.tapia@cchmc.org.

    RAAC's Surviving and Thriving

    Possibilities for Diverse Abilities Disabilities

    Resource Fair and Fall Family Festival

    Join us for a fun fall festival and disabil

     
     
    October 12, 2022
     
    National Disability Employment Awareness Month
     
    We recognize October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
     
    Earlier this year, we celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Employment First. Employment First is a policy to ensure every Ohioan with developmental disabilities, of working age, has an opportunity to seek employment. In the past decade, provider agencies, county boards, schools, businesses, and other advocates all worked together to shift expectations, and ensure that access to the supports needed to have a job in the community are available and high-quality. We have shifted expectations for students with developmental disabilities transitioning from school, as well as developed new supports and state-of-the-art planning so that every working-age adult with developmental disabilities can explore their career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests. For more information, visit the Employment First website.
     
    This Month
     
     
    Are you #ThankfulForTech?
     
     
    Learning Disabilities Awareness Month
     
    Halloween
     
     
    Tag DODD on social media and use #ThankfulforTech throughout November! Submit your stories to communications.team@dodd.ohio.gov.
     
     
    Learning Aid Ohio offers supplemental learning support to students with IEPs and 504 Plans across Ohio. Watch the video above to learn more about the program and hear firsthand how helpful it is for Stellan.
     
     
    Be kind this halloween and be aware of trick-or-treaters that may be a little out of their comfort zone by learning more about the blue bucket.
     
     
    Syndrome Spotlight: Down Syndrome
     
    Did you know October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month? Click to read about Dr. Laura Cifra-Bean's experience as a mom raising a son with Down Syndrome and hear directly from her son Chris about what he wants you to know about Down Syndrome.
     
     
    OhioISP Webinar for Families
     
    Does someone in your family or someone you are guardian of receive services? DODD would like to share with you how the service plan will be developed and look using the OhioISP. Please join us on October 18, 2022, at 7 PM
     
    OhioISP and Charting the LifeCourse
    Charting the LifeCourse and OhioISP
     
    An Individual Service Plan (ISP) is the written details of the supports, activities, and resources that will be provided to a person receiving services from their County Board of Developmental Disabilities or Intermediate Care Facility (ICF). The OhioISP will be used by County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and ICFs throughout all of Ohio. The OhioISP places the needs of the person receiving services at the very center of the planning process. Charting the LifeCourse is one way people and families can prepare for their OhioISP conversations. Take a look at how Charting the LifeCourse can be used to help you prepare for your OhioISP.  Find more information about the OhioISP on this webpage, including a factsheet made just for families.
     
     
    Sib 2 Sibs Sessions
     
    Check out Sib 2 Sibs sessions Tuesdays in October. Sessions are for youth ages 7-12 that are siblings of people with developmental disabilities.
     
     
    Charting the LifeCourse Series for Families
     
    Hear how you can use the resources and tools to plan and advocate across the lifespan. The series is October 27, November 3, and November 10 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM.
     
     
    Representative Payee Handbook
     
    Benefits from the Social Security Administration are important considerations for people with developmental disabilities. This guide is intended to provide information to beneficiaries of either SSI, SSDI, or the individual assisting the beneficiary as a Representative Payee.
     
     
     
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    The Regional Autism Advisory Council invites you to the Fall 2022 Training Institute!

    Surviving & Thriving: Your Toolkit for a Successful School Year!

    October 13-14th, 2022 from 8:30am-3:00pm

    You have the options to join us live at the Xavier HUB, live stream virtually, or watch the recorded sessions.

     

    Tickets range from $50 for professionals, $25 for caregivers, and college and university students are FREE!

    For in person learners, an optional lunch at the Xavier cafeteria is $12/day.

     

    Register today at https://fall2022raac.eventbrite.com/ to prepare yourself for a successful school year!

    See flyer or registration page for additional details. For questions contact anne.tapia@cchmc.org.

     

     

     

     

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    *Looking for other events and trainings?  Check out this folder of flyers! http://bit.ly/RAACflyers

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    NEW: 2022-23 Journey Webinar Series
    The Lifespan Transitions Center at OCALI is excited to host the 2022-23 Journey webinar series. This series of webinars is designed to support you in helping youth with complex needs and their families navigate the journey from school to adult life. This year, the webinar series explores important topics and features resources and tools on:
    • Engaging families;
    • Discussing what educators need and want to know about medications used by many youth with complex needs;
    • Developing meaningful vocational experiences for youth with complex needs;
    • Understanding and planning for adult housing opportunities;
    • And more!
    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. 

    We hope you will join us.
    Watch Recordings From the 2021-22 Series
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    If you or somebody you know has a disability and would like to work, reach out to OOD today. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors can help you explore your options. Visit OODWorks.com or call 800-282-4536 to get started. 

     


    Annual Report Highlights Commitment to Ohioans with Disabilities

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    The OOD Annual Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2021 and State Fiscal Year 2022 is now available on the OOD website. Read it to learn more about efforts over the last 12 months to empower Ohioans with disabilities through quality employment, disability determinations, and independence. 

     


    Free Webinar Series for Employers

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    OOD is pleased to host a six-part webinar series – The Employers’ Reasonable Accommodation Handbook. In Session Two: Physical Disabilities, learn best practices for navigating the interactive process with employees who have physical disabilities, ways to foster a disability-inclusive workplace, and ideas for providing effective reasonable accommodations.

     

    The webinar will be hosted by OOD's Worksite Accessibility Specialist, Julie Wood OTR/L, ADAC and Career Development Specialist, Dustin Schwab.

     

    Please respond here to let us know you're attending. This will assist us in making sure we are sharing any updates, attachments, and resources before and after the event. If you have already registered to attend this webinar series, you do not need to register again. You have the option to register for one or all upcoming webinars in this series. All webinars begin at 10 a.m.

    • Session Three: Mental Health Disabilities, September 14, 2022
    • Session Four: Neurodiversity at Work, October 19, 2022
    • Session Five: Sensory Disabilities, November 17, 2022
    • Session Six: What Can I Ask and Why?, December 14, 2022

    The webinars will take place as Microsoft Teams Live Events. You can view the training through your web browser, and you do not need to have Microsoft Teams to participate. Click here to join Session Two.

     

    OOD is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, and programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. To request an accommodation based on a disability, please contact Chris Glover at Chris.Glover@ood.ohio.gov by August 11, 2022.

     

    Each webinar in this series has been approved for 1.00 HR (General) re-certification credit hour toward aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, and SPHRi™ re-certification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®) and 1.00 SHRM Professional Development Credit (PDC) hour toward SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. While this training is not pre-approved for CESP Continuing Education (CE) credit, it aligns with CESP content, and verification of attendance will be provided upon request.

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    Empowerment, Independence, and Stability through STABLE Account

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    By Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

     

    August is ABLE to Save Month, and there is no better time to raise awareness about the life-changing impact ABLE accounts can make for people living with disabilities.

     

    With costs rising on nearly everything we buy and ongoing economic challenges nationwide, Ohio families are feeling the squeeze. And, as many know all too well, disability-related expenses can pose additional financial strains.

     

    However, in the Treasurer’s office, we have a powerful tool to help alleviate some of those financial pressures, unlock each person’s potential, and make our communities and economy stronger. Through STABLE Account – Ohio's ABLE program – the Treasurer’s office plays a key role in the effort to enhance financial independence and stability for people living with disabilities and their families.

     

    Before STABLE accounts, people living with disabilities could only save $2,000 before losing means-tested benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These old rules discouraged saving and investing, and asset limits often kept individuals living on the financial margins.

     

    STABLE accountholders can save up to $16,000 each year without jeopardizing federal assistance. If the accountholder is employed, they can save an additional $12,880 each year. Earnings on STABLE accounts grow tax-free, as long as funds are spent on qualified expenses, such as education, transportation, healthcare, assistive technology, personal support services, and many others.

     

    For individuals living with disabilities and their families, a STABLE account can be life-changing as it provides a secure and sound way to manage funds and navigate various disability-related expenses. Additionally, for those wishing to enter the workforce, opening an account can help build the foundation for independence throughout adulthood. We’ve heard many stories of accountholders buying cars, paying rent, and even putting down payments on their first homes. This financial stability is powerful and can provide the peace of mind that comes with a plan for the future.

     

    As the nation’s first and premier ABLE program, STABLE Account now serves nearly 30,000 accountholders. In the Buckeye State, we’ve seen how STABLE accounts improve financial stability, promote independence, and improve quality of life. There’s always more work to be done, but during ABLE to Save Month, we have plenty to celebrate.

     

    We encourage you to share this information with anyone you know who could benefit from a STABLE account. Signing up for an account is easy – it only takes about 20 minutes and can be done from the safety and comfort of home. For more information about STABLE accounts and to sign up, visit StableAccount.com.

     


    All About Accessibility: Free Online Parenting Program

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    This summer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a partnership with the Governor’s Children’s Initiative, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to bring free parent education materials to Ohio families. Providing this program aligns with the Governor’s Children Services Transformation Advisory Council’s recommendation to “invest in services, training, and supports for parents.”

     

    “Triple P’s positive approach will help build parenting skills while providing needed resources and to help parents promote their children’s resiliency and build stronger families,” said Governor DeWine. “With the implementation of this program, I am pleased to see more recommendations of the Children’s Services Transformation Advisory Council achieved.”

     

    “Ohio chose the Triple P Positive Parenting Program to support Ohio families because it was university-developed and is backed by over 35 years of ongoing research,” said Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Executive Director Lindsay Williams. “The skills caregivers learn can prevent problems in the family, school, and community before they arise and create family environments that encourage children to realize their potential.”

     

    The Triple P program is available to all families in Ohio and is provided through a $3 million investment by The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund and ODJFS.

     

    “Triple P’s online parenting support has been shown to build emotional resilience, problem-solving skills, and healthy self-esteem in the children whose parents and caregivers complete the modules,” said ODJFS Director Matt Damschroder. “We are making this investment in our future because we believe that strong families develop strong children who turn into strong adults.”

     

    Ohio families are encouraged to visit the Triple P website to sign up for the program.