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Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Family Connection
February 6, 2020
Members of the Ohio Family Network met for the launch party in January.
OFN Launches to Connect Communities
The Ohio Family Network, or OFN, connects people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities.

With a focus on the local level, the Ohio Family Network provides tools and support resources to help grow people's leadership and social skills, as well as offers opportunities for families to make connections with other local families. Learn more .
This Month
Join the Family Advisory Council
DODD Provider Search Updated
Get Involved with Project STIR
Watch what happened during the last Family Advisory Council, and what the group plans for the coming year. View the list of 2020 meetings and venues.
DODD has released an improved provider search tool that offers a more modern interface, a better user experience, and powerful map functionality.
Join other Ohioans with disabilities during Project STIR's three-day training, March 9-11 in Athens . This session focuses on self-advocacy and leadership skills.
5 Things to Know: Guardianship
Learn what guardianship is and what it means to the lives of people with developmental disabilities in DODD's latest installment of the "5 Things to Know" video series.
Blog: Ohio's Road to Becoming a Tech First State
DODD has committed to increase the use of supportive technology for Ohioans with developmental disabilities, helping promote independence. Read DODD's blog featured on Disability Cocoon.
Ohio Treasurer Talks about STABLE Savings Accounts
Read Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague's column about the successes of STABLE savings accounts, which he says empower people with disabilities by helping them better control their finances and live more independently. 
Make Sure You're Counted!
Taking part in the Census is easy, safe, and important. However, the Census Bureau has identified people with developmental disabilities as a “hard to count” population. Watch this video to learn why it’s vital to make sure Ohioans with disabilities are counted in the 2020 Census.
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