The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) has developed a Strategic Plan for 2018 – 2022. The draft version of the plan will be available for public review and input on Wednesday, January 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Board Administrative Offices (5844 Jaysville – St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331). If you plan to attend, please contact the Administrative Office at (937) 548-9057.
The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking for self-advocates and family members of people with developmental disabilities to be interviewers. Interviewers will conduct face-to-face conversations with Ohioans with disabilities for the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult Consumer Statewide Surveys Project (www.nationalcoreindicators.org).
To apply online go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCIapplication.
If you have questions please contact project staff member, Anna Sigman, for more information:
1-888-685-0984 or Annamarie.Sigman@osumc.edu
Click here to learn more about National Core Indicators and to download the flyer.
Darke DDAre you a good listener? Do you care about the well-being of people with disabilities?
SALT (School to Adult Life Transition) provides resources, meetings, & local event info to families of children with disabilities serving the Darke, Miami, and Preble Counties in Ohio.
STUDENTS (ages 14 – 22) are also encouraged to attend their own series, which takes place at the same time as the parents’ SALT series. Students will be able to socialize with others, while participating in fun interactive activities to help them prepare for the transition from school to adult life.
These trainings are brought to you by a collaboration of Darke, Miami and Preble Counties. For SALT in these counties, contact Patti Shrom at email@example.com.
S.A.L.T. schedule 2017-2018
Darke DDSchool To Adult Life Transition (S.A.L.T.)
The Darke County Board of DD will accept public feedback regarding its proposed annual action and strategic plans on December 7, 2016. Darke DD is required by Ohio Administrative Code to “have a mechanism for accepting public feedback regarding the strategic plan and strategic plan progress reports.”
The December 7th meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at 5844 Jaysville-St. Johns Road, Greenville, Ohio 45331. Use the entrance at the south side of the building. The meeting will include discussion of goals for 2017-2021 and an update on current changes in the DD system.
Darke DDDarke DD to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on Strategic Plan
STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security
What is a STABLE Account?
A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid, SSI, or SSDI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”
STABLE Accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, a STABLE Account also allows you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses.
Click here to download the STABLE Account Brochure.
Click here to download the STABLE Account Presentation to view while watching the Darke DD training video below on STABLE Accounts.
Doug Jackson, Deputy Director of the Ohio Treasurer’s Office, discusses the Ohio STABLE Account program.
Darke DD is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website: www.dol.gov/ndeam.
Darke DDOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.