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2016 Conference

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April 28th - 30th 2016

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Roberts Centre -
Hotel and Conference Center
123 Gano Rd, Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Dental Access Now

Dental Access Now!
People First represented at the Statehouse! People First was speaking to our Senators and State representatives about Dental Health of all of Ohio. People with Disabilities and all community members need to have better access to proper dental health.
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Thanks for Attending Our Day at the Statehouse!
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You are amazing!

You took time out of your busy life to take a stand for your family, friends, and neighbors who can't get the dental care they need. You told your state senator and representative that now is the time to expand the dental team to includedental therapists here in Ohio.  As we prepare for the introduction of legislation, your presence at the Statehouse was a vital step in showing the groundswell of support for dental therapists.

Thanks so much for being there.

Here is a summary of the day, by the numbers:
69 people registered,
52 attended,
55 legislator appointments;
23 Senate meetings,
32 House meetings.

What did people who attended, like you, say?

"I loved being with a group of people passionate about the same issue from a variety of reasons"

"I enjoyed the networking and teamwork."

"I truly enjoyed talking with the legislative aids and the green scarves!"

"I valued talking with fellow participants."

"I valued that the day was so organized!"


David Maywhoor
Project Director, Dental Access Now!
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Self Advocates: People First needs your stories about your dental care the dental care that you receive. We want to know about the good and the bad. Do you get to go to the dentist? Do you have to travel a long time to see a dentist? How long do you have to wait to get into the dentist and how long do sit in the office to see the Dentist? Do you need dentures or your teeth cleaned?
We need your stories. Send your stories to
People First of Ohio
Box 988, Mount Vernon, OH   43050
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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.

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