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Richland County Board of DD receives 3-year state accreditation
Monday, November 20, 2017
The Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Richland Newhope) has been accredited by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) for the quality of services and supports it provides to people with disabilities, according to a press release from the agency. The comprehensive state review was conducted in July 2017. A team of
 
Cooking and comfort on menu at cooking class for the disabled
Sunday, November 19, 2017
When the Family & Friends Network cooks, food is only part of the nourishment. The network is a volunteer group that conducts cooking classes twice a month for adults with developmental disabilities. The chance to socialize — at the end of the class, everyone sits down to eat — is as important as the opportunity to learn to distinguish
 
Person Centered Services serves up a helping of appreciation
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Person Centered Services had much to celebrate Friday. It held its Second Annual Thanksgiving Appreciation Luncheon and the group has been in its new building in New Philadelphia for about a year. PCS is a provider of day habilitation programming, transportation and homemaker/personal care (HPC) for individuals with developmental disabilities. “We
 
Disabilities board extends superintendentís contract
Friday, November 17, 2017
Following a lengthy closed door meeting among the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCBDD) on Wednesday, the board approved contributing more toward Superintendent Bill Devon’s state retirement plan and extending his contract by eight months. Devon is set to retire in four years and his original contract expired in April, 2021.
 
Kids gobble up Toddler Turkey Trot event
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Not one child acted like a chicken during the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ first Toddler Turkey Trot event. Collectively, the 20 kids showed true bravery, with many inching across and wiggling through a tedious obstacle course. After the run, their courage continued, wearing bold turkey-themed T-shirts they created and gobbling
 
Caroline's Challenge raises funds for playground
Monday, November 13, 2017
A sizable donation was made Wednesday toward the inclusive playground at Memorial Park. CrossFit 1808 of Mount Vernon presented the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities with a check of $10,930 for the project. Like the name suggests, the playground will be accessible to children with and without disabilities. The project got its start last
 
Potential legislative solution for 9- and 10-month employee compensation issue introduced
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Earlier this year, OACB members received notice from county auditors that boards of DD are forbidden from compensating 9- or 10-month employees on a 12-month basis. A potential legislative remedy for this issue has been included in HB 413, which was introduced late Thursday to make modifications to annual cost of living adjustments for OPERS recipients. The
 
OACB opposes current Ohio House bill to change process for accessibility law violations
Thursday, November 9, 2017
A bill before the Ohio House of Representatives would significantly change how alleged violations of accessibility laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act are processed. HB 271 would require anyone alleging to be have been aggrieved by an accessibility violation to file a written notice to the violator and wait for a response within 15 business
 
Critical Ashtabula County DD board levy fails
Thursday, November 9, 2017
County voters’ decision Tuesday to strike down a measure critical for the Board of Developmental Disabilities has left officials immediately looking at funding options. Meanwhile, southern county voters returned narrow victories and defeats in several replacement levy issues. County DD board Voters denied the county Board of Developmental
 
Guiding Hand School levy passes with 61 percent
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The Guiding Hand School in Gallia County, Ohio was all smiles this week. The $1 million levy they have been fighting for passed, meaning the school that serves children with developmental disabilities and their families will remain open for the next 10 years. Parents and teachers at Guiding Hand are breathing a sigh of relief. "I just have this off of my
 
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