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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Cuyahoga County Board of Development Disabilities is proud to be a part of ADA 25 Cleveland, along with many other organizations in Greater Cleveland who share in the mission to provide greater access and opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

Many celebratory events are being planned that will lead up to Cleveland's 25th Anniversary Celebration and participation in the
ADA Legacy Tour on July 22, 2015 at Wade Oval Circle.

To connect with these events and to learn more about the ADA, visit :
       Twitter: @ADAinCLE / #ADACLE

CCBDD Board Members sign a Resolution recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act. 

Important Information on CMS & Medicaid Waivers

New Report from the Center for Community Solutions- Ohio at a Crossroads: The Developmental Disabilities System (March, 2015)

Pipeline Quarterly (Winter 2014-15)
: Our Future- What Lies Ahead for Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Community?

Direct Line
is a new tool from DODD Director John Martin to help you better understand the changes occurring in the DD system in Ohio. The first three issues include:
1) Independent Provider Changes: Overview
2) Independent Provider Changes: Common Law Employer/Employer Authority
3) CMS Transition Plan: Employment and Day Services

Three NEW documents about Ohio's CMS Transition Plan:
1) Copy of the transition plan submitted to CMS
2) Summary of Public Comment and Changes as a Result of Public Comment
3) One-page Summary of Public Comments

Issues Driving Change in Ohio's DD System 
A chart developed by the Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities.

Latest News

New Ohio Guardianship Rules
The Ohio Supreme Court has recently issued many new rules that affect all guardians. These rules went into effect on June 1, 2015. 

According to the new rules:

  • Current and newly appointed guardians, including guardians who are blood relatives or related by marriage, will need to attend a 6-hour course that deals with the fundamentals of guardianship
  • Current guardians will have one year to attend the course while guardians appointed after June 1, 2015 will have to attend a course within 6 months after their appointment.
  • Three different course options will be offered:  a live, in-person course; a broadcasted, interactive session; and an online education course (self study) that will be available later this year.

At this time the Cuyahoga County Probate Court does not desire to or have the means to remove current guardians who have not taken the fundamentals course. The Court will be reviewing the requirements specific to guardians in Cuyahoga County.

Additional information on the new rules that govern adult guardianships in Ohio, a list of frequently asked questions, and course registration information is available

News, Views and Notes

A newsletter by Superintendent Kelly Petty
June 2015 edition- CMS Grants Ohio a 10-Year Transition Period, Recent Town Hall Meetings (responses to frequently asked questions)

April 2015 edition-
Questions and Answers Regarding Issues Driving Change in Ohio's DD System, Recent Changes to Some CCBDD Operations, Places on the Employment Pathway and Upcoming Events

February 2015 edition - 2015 Brings New Challenges and New Opportunities, Relationships Among Agencies Involved with the DD System in Ohio and Upcoming Events

iPads & Apps Open Houses

Join CCBDD Speech-Language Pathologists who specialize in alternative communication at any of the open houses noted below. Drop-in anytime to have your questions answered and learn information about iPads and Apps (applications). Additional details are available HERE.
June 25: Maple Heights Library - 5225 Library Lane - 9:30 am - 1 pm
June 26: Parma Library - 6996 Powers Blvd - 9:30 am - 1 pm
July 20: Mayfield Library - 500 SOM Center Rd - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
July 22: Fairview Park Library - 21255 Lorain Rd - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
August 10: North Olmsted Library – 27403 Lorain Rd - 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
August 14: Orange Library – 31975 Chagrin Blvd - 9:30 am -1 pm



Planting the Seeds for a Successful Future Workshop Series

Join John and Carol Culley, life planners serving people with developmental disabilities, for a 3-part workshop series covering legal planning, residential options, and person-centered planning.
     Next Series: September 9, 16 and 23, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Rocky River AAC
For more information and to register (required), click here.

Here's our most recent annual report.

Click here for our July calendar.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1129
PHONE: (216)241-8230 - FAX: (216)861-0253