Track Selection Guide

On May 30 and 31, hundreds of developmental disability support professionals will meet in Columbus for two days of learning and professional development. Five tracks will be offered each day of the event. To help guests decide which tracks are right for them, OACB has created the following quick-reference guide. More information will be added closer to the event. Detailed session information will be posted in MemberConnect.

Please note this is a general guide based on areas of professional focus. All Conference guests are welcome to attend any session in any track.

Day 1: Thursday, May 30

Business and Personnel
This combined track will help attendees learn best financial practices for county boards of DD and get tips on staff recruitment, management, and retention. 

Who Should Attend: Business managers, personnel/HR directors, business/HR support staff, and superintendents.

Government and Policy
Hear from advocates, government relations staff, and public officials about key policy issues affecting Ohio’s DD system—including current advocacy initiatives underway at OACB.

Who Should Attend: Superintendents, department leaders, people with developmental disabilities or board members with an interest in learning more about politics or the advocacy process.

Family Partnerships
Learn about current initiatives affecting county board programs for school and transition-age children and young adults with a special focus on building family and community support.

Who Should Attend: County board school age and transition staff, SSAs or supervisors who work with family members and parents, staff involved in the IEP writing and review process, parent and family advocates, and superintendents.

Partners in Service
Hear from leaders at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) about new and forthcoming programs, initiatives, and priorities under the new state administration. See what’s changing, who’s leading, and how it will impact county boards. 

Who Should Attend: Superintendents, SSAs and SSA Supervisors, administrators and department heads, MUI and compliance staff.

Public Relations
Hone your communications skills and learn to strategically develop and deploy communications strategies and assets to inform your audiences and build local relationships with the public and members of the media. 

Who Should Attend: County board communications staff as well as superintendents, managers, or board members who regularly interact with the public or members of the media. 

Day 2: Friday, May 31

Board Governance
Learn about board governance standards and procedures. Build skills that help you become a better board member or strengthen your relationship with and understanding of your board.

Who Should Attend: Board members, superintendents, and board staff who interact with board members.

Good Life
Learn about and put into practice core principles of the Good Life professional development program, which is designed to help boards create and reinforce positive, supportive workplace cultures that result in exceptional service.

Who Should Attend: Good Life facilitators, superintendents, board members, and any board employees who interact with people or families served by the board.

Early Intervention
Get the latest on initiatives to support families of children from birth to age 3 and learn about developments and best practices in service coordination, intervention strategies, and family resiliency/well-being.

Who Should Attend: Superintendents; EI supervisors, specialists, and service coordinators; and therapists working with families, infants, and toddlers.

Emerging Trends
Learn about what's changing in Ohio's constantly evolving DD support system from county board staff at the leading edge of service coordination and delivery. This track often overlaps with general board of DD operations and compliance/accreditation. 

Who Should Attend: Superintendents, SSAs and SSA supervisors, department heads, board members, county board staff interested in gaining a statewide perspective of the DD system.

See the latest statewide efforts on employment supports for people served by county boards and hear from boards of DD and providers who are finding creative, cutting-edge ways of supporting people in the community. This track also includes overviews of recent regulatory developments.

Who Should Attend: Superintendents, employment support staff, community connections staffers, SSAs and SSA supervisors, administrators and department heads, MUI and compliance staff.