People First Ohio

Legislative Advocacy Registration

3rd  *  March  * 2015
Ohio Statehouse, Columbus

Online registration for the 2015 Developmental Disabilities Awareness & Advocacy Day is now available. Each person must register (including support staff). Registration is free.

The event will take place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the Ohio Statehouse. This year's theme is, "Can Do, Like You!" A program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the Statehouse Atrium and feature speakers with disabilities who will inspire you to set your own goals and pursue your life's passion. Don't miss it!

Space is limited. Registration will remain open until all slots are filled or until Friday, February 13, 2015, whichever comes first.

Register Here!

DRO's comments on Ohio's proposed transition plan re: new CMS rules

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A note from Laura E. Bordeau of Disability Rights Ohio

Disability Rights Ohio is representing students with disabilities in a class action against the State of Ohio challenging the adequacy of special education funding.  As part of this work, DRO needs data that the state keeps about all students.  The Court has ordered that before the state gives this data to DRO, the state must provide notice to students and parents that the data will be released.  In an effort to reach as many parents and students as possible, DRO is widely distributing the notice, including posting it on our website.  We encourage you to share this information with your members and list serves as you deem appropriate.  You can direct questions about this notice to DRO’s intake line at 1-800-282-9181, option 2.  Click here, to see notice.

DRO, partners notify Ohio officials: State DD system violates Americans with Disabilities Act

Media Contact Information:
Stacy Brannan-Smith
Disability Rights Ohio
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614-466-7264, Ext. 101

For the past 18 months, Disability Rights Ohio attorneys and advocates have been engaged in an extensive review of the system of residential services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ohio.

The review was originally prompted by an ongoing concern over the fact that Ohio leads the nation in the number of people in large congregate, institutional living facilities.  For thousands of these individuals, this constitutes a violation of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court's holding in Olmstead v. L.C., which require the State to serve people with disabilities in the most integrated, least restrictive setting in the community appropriate to their individual needs.

The JJ Project

Rare is the ten-year-old whose biggest dream in life is to direct a theatrical production. Get to know JJ House, though, and it is easy to see why such an uncommon desire perfectly suits this unique boy. His zeal for life twinkles in his dark eyes. His passion for theatre radiates through his bright smile during a live show - whether in the audience or on stage.

Read more at www.mtvarts.com and www.thejjproject.org



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