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Newly sworn in Gov. Mike DeWine signs executive order on disability hiring at state agencies, job development
Monday, January 14, 2019
Minutes after being sworn in the early morning of Monday, January 14, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an executive order issuing several new directives for state agencies related to disability hiring practices and job development. “The whole purpose is to everything that we can within our power to make sure that people with disabilities have the
 
Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine names OPRA's Jeff Davis as next DODD Director
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine announced Thursday, January 10, that Jeff Davis, executive director of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), will be the next director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). Davis previously served as a deputy director at DODD from 1991 to 2007 and oversaw legislative and rule-making
 
Nine DD-related bills move in General Assembly's legislative "Lame Duck" period
Friday, January 4, 2019
In a marathon of legislative votes during the final week of 2018, the Ohio General Assembly took action on several bills with the potential to impact county boards of DD and/or the people they support. Covering the final two months at the end of each two-year legislative session, the so-called “Lame Duck” period is lawmakers’ final
 
Developments continue in Ball v. Kasich lawsuit, trial date scheduled for 2020
Friday, December 21, 2018
Over the past few months, several developments have occurred in the ongoing Ball v. Kasich litigation that are likely of interest to county boards of DD. While each development has its own complex legal explanation, we have prepared a brief summary below to ensure that members are kept up to date on the general progress of the lawsuit. Members with
 
OACB honors disability and elder law attorney Franklin Hickman with Lifetime Achievement Award
Monday, December 3, 2018
In a ceremony at the 35th Annual Convention on November 28, OACB was proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Franklin J. Hickman. The association’s highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a public official, board member, or other individual who has demonstrated throughout his or her professional lifetime a commitment
 
Voters in 14 Ohio counties approve board of DD levy issues in 2018 midterms
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Sixteen county boards of developmental disabilities had levy requests on the ballot during the November 6 general election. Of those ballot issues, 14 have passed, according to unofficial final results from those counties' boards of elections. The unofficial results on election night are as follows: Congratulations to the staff, volunteers, friends,
 
Editorial: Don't focus on bad DD PR in November
Sunday, October 21, 2018
When voters head to the ballot box next month they will have difficult choices to make on a number of local levies. As always, whether someone can afford or believes in a tax is a personal decision, and we respect those hard choices. But, we hope, poor public relations skills do not factor into that reasoning. Issue 2 is a seven-year, 0.5-mill renewal levy
 
Disabilities board to sell surplus land, old vehicles
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted on Wednesday to sell off some surplus property along state Route 45, which will allow a neighbor to expand the size of their lot. The strip being sold is 20 feet wide by 100 feet long, which Superintendent Bill Devin said will be sold at or above the appraised fair market value with the
 
BDD approves sale of property
Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities voted on Wednesday to sell off some surplus property along state Route 45, which will allow a neighbor to expand the size of their lot. The strip being sold is 20 feet wide by 100 feet long, which Superintendent Bill Devin said will be sold at or above the appraised fair market value with the
 
Letter to the Editor: Vote yes on Issue 2
Saturday, October 20, 2018
I’m Tom Church, former Ashtabula County resident and 1998 graduate of Conneaut High School. Currently, I am head men’s basketball coach at Tiffin University. Our family has always been huge sports fans, especially my aunt, Terri Church. She loves following all the Cleveland sports teams and has also participated in Special Olympics bowling and
 
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