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DODD January Family Connection


January 13, 2021




Talking About the COVID-19 Vaccine in Plain Language

Use this plain language guide to help have meaningful conversations and talk to people with developmental disabilities about vaccines and the COVID-19 vaccination program.

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Mental Health Resources

Visit DODD's Website to access COVID-19 Mental Health Resources.





?Learning Aid Ohio

Learning Aid Ohio provides supplemental learning support for students with IEPs during this unique school year.

FAQs about
?COVID-19 Vaccine

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the Ohio COVID-19 vaccination program.




Tips for Suicide Prevention

Watch Dr. Julie Gentile's latest Mental Wellness video as she dispels myths about suicide and shares tips for suicide prevention.




Guidance: Remote Learning for Students with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Education compiled information and resources about remote learning for students with disabilities who have complex needs. Read more.


Recordings Available from Vaccine Roundtable Discussions



DODD participated in a series of roundtable discussions to discuss and answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. DODD's medical director and other state and community vaccine experts answered questions, and provided input to guide decision-makers. Watch the recordings here.


Have a Meaningful Day During the COVID-19 Pandemic



Offering someone a meaningful day means supporting people with developmental disabilities to explore their interests and how they are connected to other people through those interests. Discover ways to do this here.


New Toolkit:
?Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychiatry



People with developmental disabilities who also have a dual diagnosis of mental illness often depend on their families and their direct support professionals (DSP) for assistance with their psychiatric appointments as well as with monitoring and treatments. Learn more about their care here.


Advocating About Hospital Visitation



If you have a disability, hospitals are required to make reasonable accommodations to their visitor policy for you. Disability Rights Ohio has resources for families about advocating for hospital visitation accommodations here.


Growing Family Resilience Training Now Offered in Spanish



Growing Family Resilience series is being presented in Spanish on Jan. 23, Jan. 30, and Feb. 6. This series, presented by the Ohio Family Network and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, will help families learn best practices for navigating stress, supporting a sense of calm and empowerment. Register here.




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