Busting #MedicaidMyths: Medical equipment and home modifications

Myth: My niece has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair. Her parents have great health insurance through their employers, though, so she doesn't need Medicaid. Read more...

June 23, 2017Read More

Action Alert: Senate to vote on health care next week, Portman undecided

Ohio's U.S. Senator Rob Portman is undecided on the American Health Care Act. Call NOW to tell him to vote NO. Calling only takes a minute. A staff member will answer or you can leave a message on voicemail. If you need some talking points, here are some things you... Read more...

June 22, 2017Read More

They were being mistreated in prison. We advocated for their rights. #AdvocacyMatters

"Treatment team meetings are just discussions about how to kick us out of the mental health unit as soon as possible," they said. Several people in prison units designed to provide treatment for those with serious mental illness had contacted Disability Rights Ohio to express this concern. DRO took their complaints... Read more...

June 16, 2017Read More

He lost his sight during a mental health crisis. We helped him regain his dignity. #AdvocacyMatters

Gerald is lucky to be alive. In 2015, he was shot by police 10 times during a mental health crisis. The altercation left him missing one eye and with limited sight in the remaining eye. After he healed from his gunshot wounds, he was placed in a psychiatric hospital, where... Read more...

June 9, 2017Read More

He wanted to move on from some mistakes in his youth. We helped him get a new chance. #AdvocacyMatters

Marcus was ready to find a job in the community, but he was having difficulty finding work because of some criminal charges from 14 years ago. Since then, he had stayed out of trouble, gone to therapy and become an active member of his church community, making him an excellent... Read more...

June 2, 2017Read More

Her high school teachers thought she couldn't learn. We stepped in. Now she's thriving in college. #AdvocacyMatters

Jordyn Zimmerman was always told that because she was not able to communicate verbally, college was not on the horizon. Even a modified high school diploma was hardly expected. Her educators believed her autism meant that she couldn't understand them. DRO found that was not the case. Read more...

May 26, 2017Read More

After many years of school, she wanted to give work a trial run. We gave her some good news. #AdvocacyMatters

Marcy was a recipient of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and she had just finished school to become a physician's assistant. She worried about being physically able to work full-time, which would eliminate her SSDI benefits. Read more...

May 19, 2017Read More

DRO submits testimony on proposed mental health crisis stabilization facilities

Disability Rights Ohio Executive Director Michael Kirkman submitted testimony Thursday on the provision of Substitute House Bill 49 allocating $12 million ($6 million per fiscal year) for mental health crisis stabilization facilities. Read more...

May 12, 2017Read More

Her school had failed her. We helped her learn to succeed. #AdvocacyMatters

Sometimes the only thing standing between people with disabilities and success is the systems that are meant to serve them. In 2012, Alexis had a behavioral incident at school. The school removed her, even though the incident was related to her disability. DRO stepped in and represented Alexis in a... Read more...

May 12, 2017Read More

She wanted help after a sexual assault. We connected her with resources. #AdvocacyMatters

“Brenna” was a patient at a psychiatric hospital who was sexually assaulted by a staff member. The nurse on duty refused to do a rape kit. She also refused to allow the victim to go to the medical hospital, where she would be connected with counseling services. Brenna called DRO... Read more...

May 5, 2017Read More

Action Alert: The House votes on health care TODAY. Call NOW.

The U.S. House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) today. Though they are rushing it through before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) can score it, we know that it's more extreme than the previous version, which the CBO said would have left 24 million Americans... Read more...

May 4, 2017Read More

Busting #MedicaidMyths: Addiction treatment services

Myth: The opioid crisis worries me a lot. So many people in my community are dying. Ohio needs to do more to get people into treatment. Those programs are funded by the state and the county mental health boards, not Medicaid, right? Read more...

May 2, 2017Read More

DRO submits testimony on service provider pay rates and system capacity

Disability Rights Ohio Executive Director Michael Kirkman submitted testimony Friday on the provision of Substitute House Bill 49 removing money for increased pay for direct service providers of waiver services. Read more...

May 1, 2017Read More

DRO submits testimony on bill to create database for people with communication disabilities

Today Disability Rights Ohio submitted Interested Party testimony on Ohio House Bill 115, which would create a voluntary database of people with "communication disabilities," which could be accessed by law enforcement. Read more...

April 27, 2017Read More

U.S. House to reintroduce GOP health care bill

ACTION ALERT: THE HEALTH CARE BILL IS BACK Call your representatives to urge them to vote against cuts in Medicaid and health care for people with disabilities. Read more...

April 27, 2017Read More

Find all of our #MedicaidMyths and #AdvocacyMatters stories in one place

For the last several weeks we've been busting the myths of Medicaid funding in our #MedicaidMyths series and sharing our success stories in our #AdvocacyMatters series. Want to see all of them? You can keep track of all the stories in each campaign at #MedicaidMyths and #AdvocacyMatters and share them... Read more...

April 27, 2017Read More

Busting #MedicaidMyths: Medicaid services in schools

Myth: My daughter gets occupational therapy and physical therapy at school, but that is just part of school services to help her get through the day. It doesn't have anything to do with Medicaid. Read more...

April 25, 2017Read More

They needed dental care. We made it happen. #AdvocacyMatters

On a monitoring trip to a psychiatric hospital in March, DRO advocates found that some patients had not received dental care in several months. Some of the problems were serious. Read more...

April 21, 2017Read More

Busting #MedicaidMyths: Nursing home care

Myth: "We moved my mom into a nursing home a few months ago. I've heard that Congress isn't planning to touch Medicare, so we're safe. Cuts to Medicaid won't affect us." Read more...

April 18, 2017Read More

She wanted independence. That's when DRO took her guardianship case. #AdvocacyMatters

"Rebecca," a young woman with a mild to moderate intellectual disability, had a guardian - her mother. Rebecca wanted to maintain the good relationship she shared with her mom, yet felt she no longer needed her to make choices about her life. Read more...

April 14, 2017Read More

Busting #MedicaidMyths: In-home support services and staff

Myth: "My son has a developmental disability. We have some support staff who come to our house, which I really appreciate. That comes from my county board of developmental disabilities, though, so I don't have to worry about Medicaid." Read more...

April 11, 2017Read More

A thief stole his car - with his wheelchair inside. We helped him find a way forward. #AdvocacyMatters

On a cold January day, "Mitch" started his car to let it warm up, with his wheelchair inside. Someone stole it. Read more...

April 7, 2017Read More

After five years in a nursing home, a client wanted to move out. Her guardian was hesitant. We helped her find her place. #AdvocacyMatters

"Nancy" (not her real name) had lived in a nursing home for five years. She worked in the community and did not need the level of services that the nursing home provided. Like many who live in institutions, Nancy was isolated and segregated for no reason. Read more...

March 31, 2017Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and Nationwide team up to help Ohioans navigate Medicaid appeals process

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and Nationwide today announce a new partnership designed to provide pro-bono legal services to Ohio families and children with disabilities. The partnership will help bring much needed legal support to people struggling to obtain access to adequate healthcare services and medical equipment. Read more...

March 28, 2017Read More

Federal court rejects attempt by the state to dismiss lawsuit to end segregation of Ohioans with developmental disabilities

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and its legal partners - the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos - applaud the federal court decision in the case of Ball v. Kasich. Read more...

March 24, 2017Read More

A client needed to find a flexible job. OOD wouldn't accommodate. We helped her gain access. #AdvocacyMatters

A woman with disabilities needed a full-time job with flexible hours that allowed her to work from home. She'd been working as a recruiter, but, to her great frustration, she kept getting laid off. Read more...

March 24, 2017Read More

A student needed an emotional support animal. Her landlord put up barriers. We knocked them down. #AdvocacyMatters

A college student who lived in an off-campus apartment received a letter from her mental health treatment provider recommending an emotional support animal. She gave the letter to her landlord and then got a small emotional support dog. The landlord ordered her to remove the dog immediately, fined her $150... Read more...

March 17, 2017Read More

New DRO publication illustrates the importance of Medicaid waiver services

Proposed cuts to Medicaid could impact the nearly 1.5 million Ohioans with disabilities who are at risk of losing health care coverage, benefits and their right to live and work in the community. To illustrate how one person with disabilities can change a community, Disability Rights Ohio has created a booklet,... Read more...

March 14, 2017Read More

Missteps led to serious consequences. Our advocacy improved care for patients. #AdvocacyMatters

At Disability Rights Ohio, we are committed to ensuring that the right of people with disabilities to be free from serious abuse or neglect in treatment settings is protected. Recently, we were asked to step in and help a client in crisis. Read more...

March 10, 2017Read More

Aleeha Dudley wanted to be a veterinarian. Her university couldn't help her. We did. #AdvocacyMatters

Aleeha Dudley has loved animals all of her life. She grew up on a farm with all kinds of livestock and wanted to be a vet from the time she was seven. She is also blind. Read more...

March 3, 2017Read More

DRO and ACLU of Ohio see promise and concern in solitary confinement rule changes

Planned changes to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s rules for solitary confinement are an important first step but don’t go far enough, according to Disability Rights Ohio and the ACLU of Ohio. Read more...

February 8, 2017Read More

DODD administrative rule change would restrict hours IPs can work

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (“DODD”) wants to pay less in overtime pay to independent providers across the state. To do this, they have proposed a new administrative rule that would restrict the number of hours these home care workers can work in a work week. Read more...

February 1, 2017Read More

DOE nominee DeVos set for vote Tuesday, Jan. 31

President Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Department of Education. In her hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on January 17, she testified that enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law, “is a matter best left to... Read more...

January 30, 2017Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Joins Effort to Encourage Governor and Legislative Leaders to Focus on Accessible, Affordable, and Sustainable Public Transit Options

Disability Rights Ohio Joins Effort to Encourage Governor and Legislative Leaders to Focus on Accessible, Affordable, and Sustainable Public Transit Options Read more...

December 14, 2016Read More

Update on House Concurrent Resolution 32 (HCR 32), the ADA Education and Reform Act: What you need to know

Update on House Concurrent Resolution 32 (HCR 32), the ADA Education and Reform Act: What you need to know Read more...

December 8, 2016Read More

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered: 2016 Voter Experience Survey

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered 2016 Voter Experience Survey Read more...

December 7, 2016Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Issues Report and Recommendations to Improve Outcomes for Ohio’s Youth in Residential Treatment System

The report provides a detailed review of the barriers to effective treatment that currently exist in Ohio, and offers specific recommendations for improvement. Read more...

December 1, 2016Read More

Giving Tuesday: Join the Movement and Give Back

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Read more...

November 29, 2016Read More

"My main goal the whole time was to get back to work, and here I am."

Army veteran, Lisa, contacted Disability Rights Ohio when her service dog, Beau, was banned from the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) hospital where her employer's office was located. Read more...

November 18, 2016Read More

Please Take this 2016 Voters with Disabilities Experience Survey

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) needs your help to learn more about your voting experience for the 2016 Election. Read more...

November 17, 2016Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality team up to protect rights of students and their families to access educational programs and activities

Due to legal action by DRO and ABLE, ODE must develop a language assistance plan so that all parents and students receive information about available educational programs Read more...

November 15, 2016Read More

Voter Alert: What are your voting rights if you can't get to the polls?

If a person is unable to travel from his or her home (including an institution, like a nursing facility or hospital) to the voting location on Election Day because of a physical illness or physical or mental disability, he or she may request an absentee ballot from the county board... Read more...

November 1, 2016Read More

Voter Alert: Voting under guardianship and getting help in the voting booth

AM I ALLOWED TO VOTE IF I HAVE A GUARDIAN? Yes. Having a guardian does not mean a person cannot vote. A probate court must declare a person incompetent for voting purposes before his or her right to vote can be taken away. Read more...

October 21, 2016Read More

DRO, ABLE praise agreement requiring Columbus City Schools to provide language translation services to parents with limited English proficiency

Thanks to an administrative complaint filed by Disability Rights Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in January 2015, a new agreement between the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Columbus City Schools will provide parents and guardians with limited English proficiency (LEP) with the... Read more...

October 19, 2016Read More

Blind student Aleeha Dudley and U.S. Department of Justice resolve Miami University of Ohio discrimination case

Attorneys for Aleeha Dudley have reached an agreement with Miami University after the school failed to provide Ms. Dudley with equal and meaningful access to her curriculum to help her attain educational success as a blind student studying zoology. Read more...

October 17, 2016Read More

Early, In-Person Voting and Absentee Voting by Mail Starts Today!

Election Day in Ohio is Tuesday, November 8, but registered voters in Ohio can vote early, either in person or by mail until Monday, November 7. Read more...

October 12, 2016Read More

Ohio's voting registration deadline is Tuesday, October 11

First, check to make sure that you are registered and that your name and address are correct. You can use the My Voter Information website to check your registration. It is especially important that you do this if you have not voted in the past four years. Read more...

September 27, 2016Read More

DRO files federal lawsuit against juvenile detention facility for denying DRO access to detained youth

Today, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) filed a federal lawsuit against the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center (MCJDC) in Lancaster, OH, after the facility repeatedly denied DRO private and confidential access to the youth in residence there, in violation of state and federal law.MCJDC houses alleged delinquent youth from Fairfield, Hocking, Licking... Read more...

September 22, 2016Read More

Watch for Absentee Ballot Applications in the Mail

If you are registered to vote, you should receive an application for an absentee ballot in the mail shortly after Labor Day. If you want to vote by mail here is what you need to do: Read more...

September 6, 2016Read More

Election Day is November 8 - Are you ready?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 and the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, October 11. Make sure you are ready to vote! Read more...

September 1, 2016Read More

DRO, legal partners seek class certification in lawsuit on behalf of people with developmental disabilities

Today, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos filed a motion for class certification in Ball v. Kasich, the lawsuit the group filed in March 2016. The suit alleges that state officials are violating federal law by... Read more...

August 22, 2016Read More

DRO supports release of report on low-income housing

Disability Rights Ohio supports the state's legal aid societies and fair housing agencies in their request that the Ohio Housing Finance Agency critically examine the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to ensure that there are housing options available to low-income families in areas with access to high-performing schools, good... Read more...

August 16, 2016Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and Legal Partners Respond to State Officials Seeking to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities

Today, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and its legal partners - the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos - forcefully responded to recently filed motions to dismiss its class action lawsuit charging state officials with violating federal law by administering a service... Read more...

July 27, 2016Read More

Legislative Update on H.R. 3765, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee will soon be reviewing and voting on H.R. 3765, controversial legislation that would make significant changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). H.R. 3765 would make it more difficult for people with disabilities to file law suits when someone violates the Americans... Read more...

July 6, 2016Read More

DRO, DD Council, SIL release new transportation survey

Disability Rights Ohio, The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and Services for Independent Living have released a survey to seek input from people with disabilities about transportation. Read more...

June 14, 2016Read More

DRO to hold education rights training June 23 for Youngstown parents of students with disabilities

Disability Rights Ohio, in collaboration with the NAACP Youngstown Branch, will hold a training session for parents of students with disabilities in the Youngstown City Schools from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the NAACP Youngstown Branch office, 1350, Fifth Ave., Suite 202, Rose Room. Read more...

June 14, 2016Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and ACLU Propose Sweeping Reforms to Solitary Confinement

Today Disability Rights Ohio and the ACLU of Ohio issued a report urging extensive reforms to the use of solitary confinement in Ohio's prisons, especially for individuals with mental illness. Read more...

May 25, 2016Read More

Statement from Michael Kirkman, Executive Director, Disability Rights Ohio on the amendment to House Bill 547 to 'redefine' The Correctional Institution Inspection Committee

As Ohio’s designated system to protect and advocate for the rights of Ohioans with disabilities, we are deeply concerned about an amendment that was added to House Bill 547 that would significantly limit the effectiveness of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee (CIIC). Disability Rights Ohio urges the Ohio General... Read more...

May 25, 2016Read More

New fact sheet addresses timing questions for DRO's class action lawsuit

DRO has received many questions since March 31, when we and our partners filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Ohio over its illegal service system for people with developmental disabilities in Ohio. Read more...

May 10, 2016Read More

DRO releases new publication on civil commitment

Disability Rights Ohio has developed a new publication that outlines your rights during the civil commitment process. Civil commitment is a legal process for a probate court to order a person into treatment for their mental illness. It is sometimes called "court-ordered treatment," "involuntary commitment," or even "being probated." Read more...

April 29, 2016Read More

House Concurrent Resolution 32: What you need to know

House Concurrent Resolution 32 is not a bill that would make changes in Ohio law; Rather, if passed, the Ohio General Assembly would call upon the United States Congress to take action and pass a federal law; Read more...

April 13, 2016Read More

DRO to provide education rights training, advocacy support for Youngstown parents of students with disabilities

Disability Rights Ohio, in collaboration with the NAACP Youngstown Branch, will hold a training session for parents of students with disabilities who attend East High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave, Youngstown, OH 44503. Read more...

April 6, 2016Read More

Page created to track important information about DRO's class action lawsuit

Disability Rights Ohio has created a page that includes important information related to our class action lawsuit filed on March 31, 2016, on behalf of people with developmental disabilities in Ohio. Read more...

April 1, 2016Read More

DRO and Partners File Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf of Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities

Today, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), the law firm of Sidley Austin, the Center for Public Representation (CPR), and attorney Sam Bagenstos filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Ohio, including the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. Read more...

March 31, 2016Read More

DRO's February-March 2016 newsletter is now up!

The February/March 2016 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

March 30, 2016Read More

DRO's Voter Hotline will be open Tuesday, March 15!

Election Day in Ohio is Tuesday, March 15, and the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DRO's Voter Hotline will be open the same hours, with lawyers available to answer your questions and provide assistance if your voting rights are being violated. Read more...

March 10, 2016Read More

New Disability Rights Ohio report highlights lack of enforcement of Ohio Department of Education's restraint and seclusion rule

A new report released today by Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) outlines gaps in enforcement of the Ohio Department of Education's (ODE) rule regulating restraint and seclusion in schools. The report also makes recommendations to improve oversight of schools' implementation of the rule. Read more...

February 8, 2016Read More

Disability Rights Ohio, National Federation of the Blind, and Autistic Self Advocacy Network Celebrate Landmark Decision Ordering Fair Pay from Sheltered Workshop

In a precedent-setting opinion issued by an administrative law judge from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), three clients have been awarded minimum wage going forward and back pay from Seneca Re-Ad, a sheltered workshop run by the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The original petition was filed by... Read more...

February 3, 2016Read More

DRO applauds successful termination of lawsuit challenging Franklin County jail's use of Tasers

After five and a half years of legal advocacy by Disability Rights Ohio on behalf of inmates who had been victims of inappropriate use of Tasers, the case of Shreve v Franklin County has reached a successful resolution. On Monday, December 28, 2015, the United States District Court granted a... Read more...

December 30, 2015Read More

Are you currently on a waiting list for waiver services? DRO would like to talk to you.

More than a year ago, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center published a study that analyzed waiting lists for home and community-based waiver programs in Ohio's developmental disabilities system. Read more...

December 16, 2015Read More

ABLE, DRO file federal lawsuit seeking changes to Dayton Mall bus stop policy

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) and Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) today filed a federal lawsuit against the Dayton Mall and several of its anchor stores--Macy's, Sears, and Elder Beerman--seeking a policy change that would enable people with disabilities who ride public transportation to have effective and equal access... Read more...

December 15, 2015Read More

Disability Rights Ohio lawsuit claims Ohio Secretary of State's voting services violate the ADA

Disability Rights Ohio and the law firm of Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP, have filed a federal lawsuit against the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The suit, filed on behalf of three blind Ohio voters and the National Federation of the Blind, alleges that some voting services... Read more...

December 7, 2015Read More

Ohio House Bill 394: What You Need to Know

H.B. 394 is legislation sponsored by Representative Barbara Sears that is currently being considered by the Ohio House Insurance Committee. The bill would make significant changes to Ohio’s unemployment compensation program. Read more...

November 25, 2015Read More

Disability Rights Ohio and Other Advocates File Complaint on Behalf of Sheltered Workshop Employees

After working for an average of $2.50 an hour for more than three years, three Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) clients are asking for fair pay from Seneca Re-Ads, a sheltered workshop run by the County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Seneca County. Read more...

November 19, 2015Read More

Disability Rights Ohio, Legal Aid Society of Columbus file joint Amicus Brief in support of woman attempting to challenge her guardianship

Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) have submitted a joint Amicus Brief (also known as a Friend of the Court brief) in a case involving a woman who is currently under guardianship in Marion County. Read more...

November 13, 2015Read More

With DRO’s Help, Veteran Returns to Work after VA Banished Her Service Dog

Army veteran Lisa Wilson just wanted to go back to work. But her job with the veterans service organization Disabled American Veterans was located inside the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, and the center had banished Wilson’s service dog, Beau, from the premises. Read more...

November 11, 2015Read More

DRO's Voter Hotline to be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3

Disability Rights Ohio's Voter Hotline will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. DRO's team of attorneys is available to answer voting questions or advocate on your behalf if your voting rights are being violated. Read more...

November 2, 2015Read More

Call DRO if your private duty nursing services are being cut, eliminated

Recently, many people getting PDN services have learned that their services will be reduced or even eliminated. This creates many problems for people and their families and may even be illegal under Medicaid law and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read more...

October 8, 2015Read More

August-September 2015 newsletter is now up!

The August-September 2015 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

September 30, 2015Read More

Voters with Disabilities: We want to hear your stories

Voters with disabilities should be able to vote independently and privately, just like people without disabilities. Disability Rights Ohio wants to hear your stories about problems you have had when trying to vote or registering to vote. Read more...

September 22, 2015Read More

Central Ohio parents can get help with IEP process

Central Ohio parents of students with disabilities: Do you need help getting the IEP services your child needs? Read more...

September 1, 2015Read More

DRO's July 2015 newsletter is now up!

The July 2015 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

July 31, 2015Read More

Disability coalition thanks Ohio policymakers for removing language that would have weakened DD Bill of Rights

Today, a coalition of 11 disability organizations sent a letter to Governor Kasich and key members of the Ohio General Assembly, thanking them for removing language from the state budget bill that would have changed the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights without the input of people with disabilities. Read more...

July 21, 2015Read More

Our June 2015 newsletter is now up!

The June 2015 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

June 30, 2015Read More

Don't miss DRO's April / May 2015 newsletter

The April / May 2015 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

May 29, 2015Read More

Special Education: Release of Student Records in Doe v. State of Ohio in Toledo, Cincinnati and Cleveland School Districts

Doe v. State of Ohio is a class action lawsuit that was filed in federal court in 1993 as part of another lawsuit about funding and providing education in the State of Ohio. Read more...

May 22, 2015Read More

People with Disabilities and Advocates: Raise Your Voice!

The Ohio Senate will be meeting at 1 p.m. tomorrow to review the Ohio budget and decide how much money will be provided for services and programs that allow people with developmental disabilities to live in the community. Read more...

May 13, 2015Read More

Support People with Disabilities at the Ohio Statehouse!

The Ohio Senate Medicaid Committee will be hearing from government officials and the public about the Department of Developmental Disabilities budget at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Read more...

May 8, 2015Read More

Eleven Disability Organizations Send Joint Letter to Ohio Legislators

Some of the changes to the DD Bill of Rights in H.B. 64 might be seen as modest updates to the law, but others are seriously troubling. Read more...

May 6, 2015Read More

Individuals with Disabilities and Advocates: Tell Your Stories!

Tell your state lawmakers that you want people with disabilities to have the services and supports they need to live in the community. Read more...

May 5, 2015Read More

DRO releases full, combined report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

The full, combined version of Disability Rights Ohio's three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities is now available. DRO will be presenting the report at the Attorney General's Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance on May 4. Read more...

May 3, 2015Read More

Ohio Senate's Medicaid Committee sets public state budget hearing schedule

Right now Ohio lawmakers are in the middle of the state budget process. They are choosing how much money to spend on supporting people with disabilities to live in their own communities. Read more...

April 27, 2015Read More

DRO releases third in three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Today Disability Rights Ohio is releasing the third and final part of its report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Brief Three discusses the gaps in the statewide criminal justice system that prevent full enforcement and prosecution against abusers. Read more...

April 24, 2015Read More

DRO releases second in three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Today Disability Rights Ohio is releasing the second of a three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Brief Two focuses on support services for individuals with developmental disabilities who experience sexual abuse and provides recommendations for ways to improve those services in Ohio. Read more...

April 22, 2015Read More

Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland public school teachers: DRO needs your help

Disability Rights Ohio is looking for volunteers to participate in an interview as part of Doe v. State of Ohio, a class action lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Ohio on behalf of all preschool and school-age students with disabilities in the state. Read more...

April 21, 2015Read More

DRO releases first in three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

oday Disability Rights Ohio is releasing the first of a three-part report on Sexual Abuse of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Brief One explores the factors in Ohio’s developmental disabilities system that contribute to individuals’ vulnerability to sexual abuse and provides recommendations to address these factors. Read more...

April 20, 2015Read More

Cleveland-area parents invited to share their special education experiences April 29

The Arc of Greater Cleveland and Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) invite you to a family forum to discuss your child’s experiences with special education services. Read more...

April 2, 2015Read More

Read DRO's March newsletter

The March 2015 edition of News from Disability Rights Ohio is now up! Read more...

March 31, 2015Read More

Comment on DRO's work on behalf of individuals with mental illness

Public Forum Notice: We want to hear from you! Read more...

March 24, 2015Read More

DRO, NAMI Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness Denounce Hamilton County Complaint Against Widow

In response to a civil rights lawsuit filed against Hamilton County in the wrongful death of Gary Roell, Sr., Hamilton has now filed a complaint against Mr. Roell’s widow, who was his legal guardian. Disability Rights Ohio and NAMI Urban Greater Cincinnati Network on Mental Illness denounce Hamilton County’s... Read more...

March 11, 2015Read More

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