Advocate Uses Amazon Echo to Help at Home

Renee Wood, the chair of the Ohio Olmstead Task Force and a technology advocate from Lucas County, uses her Amazon Echo around her home to assist in turning on the lights or to read her shopping list aloud. She explains how the affordable device can be helpful for other people with disabilities



Self-Advocates attend Awareness Day at the Statehouse

Self-advocates Cassandra Wilson and Jerelle Rollins are with State Senator Edna Brown at DD Awareness Day activities at the State House. The event is designed to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities, their families, and community members. The morning program featured speeches from prominent advocates, state policymakers, and community leaders. During the afternoon advocates were able to visit their legislators to talk about issues that are important to them and their community.

Spirit Award presented to Lori Stanfa

Lori Stanfa began her career in the developmental disabilities field by working at NODC when it first opened as a direct care staff member!  With efforts increasing toward Supported Living, Lori became a fierce advocate and took on the “not in my backyard” crowd with conviction and certainty. Always up for a challenge, Lori became the first Executive Director for Community Living Options in Lucas County and eventually the Clearwater COG.

An incredible advocate, an attorney and a brilliant analyst, it made perfect sense that Lori would eventually work with the Ohio Association of County Boards.  She has served on every important work group addressing the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 37 years.  No direction, no statute, no rule, no public policy takes place in Ohio without Lori’s involvement and much respected input.

Lori Mariucci promoted to Assistant Superintendent

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has promoted Lori Mariucci, its Director of Human Resources, to the position of Assistant Superintendent. In that position, she has been designated by the Board to succeed Deb Yenrick as Superintendent when Ms. Yenrick retires in 2018. Read more.

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Director John Martin in Toledo discusses the need for more DSPs

John Martin, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Jeff Davis, Director of Government Relations for the Ohio Provider Resource Network, were in Toledo recently to discuss the need for Direct Support Professionals (DSP). You can listen to their interview on the radio by clicking this link. They discuss the type of work done by a DSP, who make the best DSPs, and how it can be a career field with growth. 

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