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Officials ponder future after Happy Hearts closure
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Many people said they were shocked and saddened by the Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ decision to close Happy Hearts school this week. But local education officials are already looking at potential alternatives. John Rubesich, Ashtabula County Educational Service Center superintendent, said he wanted to assure parents of
 
Long time Marimor educator set to retire
Sunday, December 17, 2017
After 44 years serving Marimor School, Peggy Cockerell is retiring effective Dec. 29th. Cockerell is Director of Education at the school that serves people with developmental disabilities. They are under the umbrella of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “I hate to admit this but I started when this building opened. I actually
 
Broadmoor selects charitable cause
Sunday, December 17, 2017
With the rise of chemical addictions in Ohio, the staff at the Broadmoor School have selected the Friends of Recovery in Willoughby as their charitable cause this holiday season. They created a ‘Giving Tree’ for the front lobby. Each ornament on the tree is an item or items Friends of Recovery need to accomplish their mission. The spiritual
 
Like Santa, UDS' workforce bustles at holiday season
Sunday, December 17, 2017
United Disability Services of Akron provides work, including assembling gift baskets, for about 250 people with disabilities. The holiday season is a busy one for United Disability Services of Akron, whose South Main Street facility is not unlike how one might envision Santa's workshop this time of year — workers busily putting the final
 
School for disabled students plans to shut doors in June
Friday, December 15, 2017
After more than 50 years in operation, Happy Hearts School in Kingsville will be closing next year. Officials with the Ashtabula County Board of Developmental Disabilities said they had been looking for a way to keep Happy Hearts, which caters to students with disabilities, in business. But after last month’s levy failed by a 53-47 percent vote and
 
Care providers can make a difference in clients' lives
Friday, December 15, 2017
Melanie Snyder appreciates everything Amanda Morris does for her, but especially likes it when they’re playing around and Morris tickles her feet. Morris is a care provider who lives three days a week with three developmentally disabled women on Cassingham Hollow Drive. Another worker covers the rest of the week. Morris cooks, cleans, gets the women
 
Board of DD, New Hope church partner
Friday, December 15, 2017
If you ask Pastor Mike Elkins, “the Church should be the most generous organization on the planet.” If you ask Deb Guilford and the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Pastor Elkins and New Hope Community Church in Bryan truly fits the bill. Through a partnership with the county board of DD, New Hope has pledged $100,000 to
 
Feuding Union County child care agencies reach settlement
Thursday, December 14, 2017
A legal dispute between two growing Union County preschool programs has been settled. The World of Wonders (WOW) day care and preschool has been operating for more than 20 years in the same building as the Harold Lewis Center preschool run by the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The WOW operation paid no rent, but made repairs and
 
UA design team modifies bike for Norton student
Thursday, December 14, 2017
A small crowd gathered in the Norton Primary School gymnasium Dec. 6 to watch 6-year-old kindergartner Wesley Radebaugh ride around on his brand new bicycle. It’s not just any run-of-the-mill bike, however. It was created specifically for Wesley, a Norton resident, by The University of Akron’s (UA) Biomedical Engineering Design Team. Wesley was
 
Ohio Senate anti-fraud bill would require independent providers to hold surety bonds
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Ohio Senate is considering a bill (SB 218) that would require independent providers (IPs) to purchase surety bonds for the purpose of reimbursing the state in cases of Medicaid fraud. If fraud was to occur, the IP’s bond issuer would pay the state back for the misspent funds. Each IP would be required to have at least $10,000 in coverage. The
 
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