Technology Offers Safety and Comfort

2011

In 2011, Ohio obtained approval from the federal government to start offering remote monitoring for people with developmental disabilities to help more individuals live safely and independently. Ohio’s Medicaid program received approval to purchase monitoring devices such as those that enable live audio or video feeds, motion sensors, and equipment for back-and-forth communication with clients. The Ohio Department of Developmental…

Employment Opportunities

2012

In 2012, Gov. John Kasich launched Employment First, an initiative to create greater opportunities for working-age people with developmental disabilities. Through an executive order, Kasich charged the Employment First Task Force with reviewing policies and programs, and making recommendations to increase employment opportunities in Ohio. These strategies focused on empowering people with developmental disabilities to tap their strengths and talents…

Lifting Limits on Care

2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law by President Obama in 2010, provided numerous provisions benefitting people with developmental disabilities. While some provisions went into effect in 2012, others were slated to take effect in 2014. Provisions such as an extension of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grants expanded the initiative designed to reduce…

Doctors Need Not Approve

2013

Persons with intellectual disabilities who applied for a job with the federal government through Schedule A — a hiring authority allowing agencies to appoint a qualified, applicant with developmental disabilities to a position without competing with the general public—used to be required to supply a “certification of job readiness” from a medical professional or rehabilitation specialist stating they could perform the…

Ohio’s Service Delivery Improves

2013

In 2013, Ohio was recognized in United Cerebral Palsy’s annual report, “The Case for Inclusion,” ranking 10th in the country for the “use of state Medicaid programs to serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.” Each year United Cerebral Palsy ranks states based not on their spending, but on outcomes for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.…