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Tigers earn track medals
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Each year, the Madison County Special Olympics Track and Field squad works toward two goals – having fun and improving their skills so they are at their very best at the State Games at Ohio State University in June. The Tigers’ Special Olympics program is affiliated with the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Track Tigers
 
School officials, students look to change perception of developmental disabilities at work
Monday, June 11, 2018
Gretchen Tighe, an intervention specialist teacher at Elgin Middle School, knows there is often a lack of understanding regarding people with developmental disabilities. She wants to change that perception. To do this, she worked with the Elgin administration and put together a plan to teach her students soft skills for future jobs and provide an
 
Parents angry as fate of Happy Hearts students still in doubt
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Parents of Happy Hearts School students said they’re frustrated with administrators’ lack of communication surrounding the school’s closure and transition, many details of which are still nebulous. Ashtabula County’s Board of Developmental Disabilities and Educational Service Center — the latter of which assumed the
 
A lesson on leadership
Saturday, June 9, 2018
The Teen Leadership Troy class of 2018 spent their last session giving back to their community. At the Troy Foundation, the students spent the afternoon presenting $5,000 in grants to local non profits which they hand selected after much deliberation and discussion. The Project Gift gives the students a lesson on how organizations such as the Troy
 
Ohio House selects new speaker, clearing way for possible vote on PERS bill
Friday, June 8, 2018
Late in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 6, the Ohio House of Representatives took part in a series of votes to choose a new speaker. The chamber chose Rep. Ryan Smith, who represents all or parts of Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, and Vinton Counties. The House had been without a speaker since the resignation of former Rep. Cliff Rosenberger in April, and the
 
Bill allowing for guardianship services boards clears House committee
Friday, June 8, 2018
The Ohio House Civil Justice Committee voted Thursday in favor of HB 595, which contains language that would allow county boards of DD to partner with probate courts and county ADAMH boards to establish specialized guardianship services boards for indigent, service-eligible adults without guardians. Click here to read OACB’s previous coverage of the
 
Bill giving boards of DD access to school security grants passes Ohio legislature
Friday, June 8, 2018
On Wednesday, June 6, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to pass HB 318, which contains language allocating $12 million from the state’s General Revenue Fund for grants to be used for security upgrades and training by Ohio schools. As a result of OACB advocacy, the bill’s language was amended in Senate committee to explicitly include schools run
 
Bill requiring surety bonds for independent providers expected to advance, OACB concerns unresolved
Friday, June 8, 2018
OACB remains concerned with several aspects of a bill that would require independent providers (IPs) to purchase surety bonds for the purpose of reimbursing the state in cases of Medicaid fraud. The legislation (SB 218) would require all IPs to hold at least $10,000 in bond coverage for the purpose of reimbursing the state if Medicaid fraud is found to
 
County DD receives full accreditation
Friday, June 8, 2018
The state of Ohio has accredited Lawrence County Developmental Disabilities (LCDD) for the quality of services and support it provides to those with disabilities in the county. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities completed a comprehensive review of LCDD in May, where a team of surveyors reviewed all area’s of the agency’s
 
County approves building picnic shelter
Friday, June 8, 2018
The Washington County Commissioners approved a picnic shelter to be built on county property after hearing a request from WASCO, Inc. on Thursday. “The county owns the property (at 340 Muskingum Drive) and the board (Washington County Board of Developmental Disabilities) owns the building so we just went to the commissioners to let them know we were
 
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