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Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) - Get all the information you need from DODD in one place. By visiting their website, you can learn more about how DODD supports Ohio families, county boards and the services they provide, and much more. You can also stay up-to-date on all things Health and Welfare such as viewing a complete list of Health & Welfare Alerts the department sends out, how to report Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs), and read the latest Well-Informed Newsletter.

SPARK for Autism - SPARK, a landmark autism research project, aims to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives.

The Fully Accessible Guide to Starting a Business as a Disabled Entrepreneur - CreditCards.com created a guide that explains the benefits people with disabilities experience when starting their own business. The guide also provides helpful information for budding entrepreneurs including: programs designed for business owners with disabilities, how to develop a business plan, how to build credit and how to fund your business.

Family Resource Network of Ohio - The Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO) is a website where families visit to discover various types of resources. Those resources include listings for agencies and providers, therapists, books, webinars, programs, calendar of events, and various trainings, including Charting the LifeCourse. FRNO believes in families supporting families, empowering families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Ohio.

Provider Guide Plus - In response to many requests from parents, guardians, and individuals over the years, a collaborative work group has developed an easy-to-use online tool to be utilized to review providers of services for people with developmental disabilities in Ohio. It is intended to help people select a provider and help improve overall services. It allows people to post public reviews on providers’ services and to read others’ reviews.

Communication Disability Law - An individual with a medically diagnosed communication disability who drives or regularly has someone with a communication disability in their vehicle, can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). An officer can then be made aware that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating with the officer to reduce any potential misunderstandings or communication problems.  

Miami County Food Banks - This infographic provides a list of groups/organizations that support individuals and families living in the Miami County area who are in need of extra assistance. For more information on their services, please contact the number listed for each group/organization. Note: some programs have restrictions and require specific documentation.

Fix the List - The Ohio Association of County Boards has partnered with an extensive team of stakeholders (including people with disabilities, family members, advocacy organizations, and the state) for a year and a half to fix Ohio's broken DD waiver waiting list system. To learn more about the coalition, their goals, and their progress, please visit their website.

Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum - Organization for Autism Research (OAR) recently created a guide for individuals on the Autism Spectrum wanting to attend a college or university. The guide addresses challenges that are both universal and unique to college students with autism by providing information, guidance, and resources that address them. Some of the topics discussed in the guide include: transitions from high school to college, self-adovcacy and disclosure, and academic supports and accommodations. Download the guide or request a print copy by visiting the OAR website.

Loop Ohio - This online community focuses on promoting the best practices in community development and inclusion for people with disabilities. Loop Ohio provides a platform for community members and professionals to share ideas and resources, solve problems, break down barriers, connect across distance, and engage in ongoing learning. Site visitors are able to have live virtual conversations, share resources, post events, lead and participate in webinars, use discussion boards, have online chat time with subject matter experts, and more. Please visit their website for more information or to register for one of their upcoming webinars.

Section 511 of the WIOA Rule Easy-to-Read Guide - The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities recently released an easy-to-read guide explaining Section 511 of the WIOA  (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) rule. To learn more about Section 511, please download the guide.

Cerebral Palsy Group - online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, birth injuries, or brain injuries to provide answers and all types of assistance needed to help improve the quality of life for loved ones and family members with cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis - Cerebral Palsy is a neurological disorder marking muscle coordination. In most cases, cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage that develops while the baby is still in utero or during or shortly after birth. Comprehensive information about cerebral palsy and most common types can be found at cerebralpalsyguidance.com.

Disabled Renter's Housing Rights 

Disability Rights in Housing

Disability Rights Ohio

Disability Rights Ohio Legislative Resource Center - Disability Rights Ohio recently launched its new Legislative Resources Center. This online hub provides information about critical proposals making their way through the legislative process. It tracks proposals moving through the Ohio Statehouse or U.S. Congress that will affect people with disabilities.

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities 

Getting Help Paying for Home Repairs or Modifications to Make Your Home Accessible

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel for Disability Accommodation? 

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities & Other Special Needs

Fire Safety and Disabilities Guide

Learn About the Different Types of Service Dogs

How to Cope with Sudden Illness or Disability

Depression and Disability: A Practical Guide

The Slippery Slope of Pain Management: The Guide to Preventing Addiction for People with Chronic Pain

How to Stay Physically Active: Aging Well with a Physical Disability

Top Tips for Getting Fit if You Have a Disability

DCRC Playgroup - Sign Language

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sleep