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

New DRO Report Examines ODE's Restraint, Seclusion Data

Based on advocacy efforts by Disability Rights Ohio and a host of other stakeholders, including the ACLU of Ohio and parents and students with disabilities, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) adopted Rule 3301-35-15: Standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports and the use of restraint and seclusion. Read more...

March 11, 2015Read More

Governor proposes changes affecting independent providers of home care

Many people with disabilities receive home and community-based services (for example, a personal care aide, a home health aide, or a nurse) through Medicaid, which allow them to receive the support they need in the community and to avoid unnecessary institutionalization. Read more...

March 5, 2015Read More

News from DRO - February 2015 is now up!

The February 2015 edition of the DRO newsletter is now up! Read more...

February 27, 2015Read More

DRO offers overviews of budget proposals from key state agencies

On Friday, February 6, Disability Rights Ohio held an Ohio Disability Policy and Advocacy Briefing, bringing together advocates from organizations throughout the state to discuss the state budget process, advocacy strategies, and Governor Kasich’s budget proposals. Read more...

February 10, 2015Read More

Read DRO's January newsletter

Disability Rights Ohio's January 2015 newsletter is now up! Read more...

January 30, 2015Read More

Toledo-area parents invited to share their special education experiences Feb. 13

Family Voices of Ohio, The Arc of Northwest Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio will host two open forums on Friday, February 13, at Toledo Children's Hospital, in the Croxton Auditorium of the Legacy Building. Parents of students with disabilities are invited to discuss their child's experiences with special education services,... Read more...

January 28, 2015Read More

DRO, ABLE file complaint with Department of Justice on behalf of Spanish-speaking parents, students

Today, Disability Rights Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Spanish-speaking students with and without disabilities and their families. Read more...

January 27, 2015Read More

DRO raises concerns about state Transition Plan for CMS rule changes

The state of Ohio last month released its proposed Transition Plan for home and community-based services (HCBS) in response to new federal rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read more...

January 16, 2015Read More

FFY 2015 Priorities detail DRO's work for the year

Each year, Disability Rights Ohio makes decisions on the kinds of work that will be its priority in the coming year. The Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Programmatic Priorities have now been posted, along with a printer friendly PDF version. Read more...

January 6, 2015Read More

National Federation of the Blind class action lawsuit against ATM company will have hearing in May

The following is a notice for a class action case against ATM manufacturer Cardtronics. The state of Massachusetts, the National Federation of the Blind and several individual blind people have alleged that Cardtronics' ATMs are not accessible for blind people. Read more...

December 31, 2014Read More

DRO's December newsletter is now up!

Disability Rights Ohio's December newsletter is now up! Read more...

December 30, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio document addresses common concerns about DD system changes

Throughout the month of October, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) traveled the state with its partners from The Arc of Ohio, holding family focus groups for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families. The forums gave those families an opportunity to express their concerns about DRO's efforts to change the... Read more...

December 22, 2014Read More

Ohio legislature responds to DRO, other advocates to extend seclusion and restraint rules to charter schools

DRO is pleased that the Ohio House of Representatives agreed with the Ohio Senate to pass a bill containing language that will provide protections for students with disabilities in charter schools. Read more...

December 18, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio encourages public to comment on state Transition Plan

Yesterday the state of Ohio released its proposed Transition Plan for home and community-based services (HCBS) in response to new federal rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Within five years, states will only be allowed to spend Medicaid waiver money on services that are in... Read more...

December 16, 2014Read More

The DRO November newsletter is up!

Want to read about the work we did in November? Check out our newsletter! Read more...

December 4, 2014Read More

Cincinnati-area parents invited to discuss special education experiences Friday, Dec. 5

Disability Rights Ohio and the University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD) will host two open forums on Friday, December 5, at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Medical Office Building, 3430 Burnet Ave., in rooms 602 and 601 on the fifth floor. Read more...

December 1, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio's Voter Hotline open until 7:30 p.m. today!

Disability Rights Ohio's Voter Hotline is open today until 7:30 p.m., when the polls close. 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 4, 2014Read More

Doe v. State of Ohio seeks funding, good outcomes for special ed students

In 1993, Ohio Legal Rights Service, now Disability Rights Ohio, joined Doe v. State of Ohio, alleging that funding for special education in Ohio was denying children their federally mandated right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Read more...

October 29, 2014Read More

Preference given to people with disabilities and their families at remaining DD family focus groups

In October, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) and The Arc of Ohio are traveling the state to hear concerns over DRO's proposed changes to the system for people with developmental disabilities. Read more...

October 16, 2014Read More

DRO, The Arc of Ohio to hold DD family focus groups throughout October

Disability Rights Ohio and our advocacy partners recently began talks with state officials to address concerns about widespread segregation in Ohio’s developmental disabilities system. It is our hope that these talks will produce a plan to provide additional opportunities and true choice for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to... Read more...

October 3, 2014Read More

The DRO September Newsletter is now up!

Our September 2014 Newsletter is now up! Read more...

September 30, 2014Read More

Problems with BVR, BSVI services? Call us for help.

If you are having difficulties or questions about services you are receiving from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired, call our office. When you call, a staff person will be assigned to help you. We can provide advice and/or develop a plan... Read more...

September 22, 2014Read More

New publication explains changes to Ohio's civil commitment laws

On June 17, 2014, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 43, which made changes to Ohio’s civil commitment process for individuals with mental illness. The new law goes into effect on September 17, 2014. Disability Rights Ohio has created a new publication, Changes to Ohio’s Civil Commitment Laws, to provide information... Read more...

September 12, 2014Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about ODE's release of student data to DRO

Disability Rights Ohio, on behalf of students with disabilities, filed a class action lawsuit (Doe v. State of Ohio) that claims the State of Ohio does not provide enough resources to school districts to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, as required by federal... Read more...

September 3, 2014Read More

Get your education questions answered by attorneys, advocates at Dayton-area Brief Advice Clinic

Disability Rights Ohio is partnering with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and Legal Aid of Western Ohio to provide information and advice to parents of students with disabilities on education issues, including punishment, suspension and expulsion; delay in evaluation for special education eligibility; and lack of needed services. Read more...

August 28, 2014Read More

State of Ohio notifies parents, guardians of its planned release of student data to DRO

Disability Rights Ohio is representing students with disabilities in a class action against the state of Ohio challenging the adequacy of special education funding. As part of this work, DRO needs data that the state keeps about all students. Read more...

August 19, 2014Read More

Desired changes to DD system are all about choice

A story today in the Columbus Dispatch noted the opposition some families of individuals with developmental disabilities feel about our efforts to advocate for a more community-based developmental disabilities system in Ohio. We are always eager to receive different viewpoints on the work we do. Read more...

August 18, 2014Read More

DRO warns that current state initiatives will not be enough to forestall legal action

On July 1, 2014, Disability Rights Ohio, the federally authorized and state-designated system to protect and advocate (P&A) on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Ohio, sent a letter to the Kasich Administration officials, alerting them to our 18-month investigation that uncovered clear violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act... Read more...

August 1, 2014Read More

Call Sen. Portman today and tell him to support the Disabilities Treaty!

Join DRO and other disability rights advocates today in encouraging Ohio Sen. Portman to support the Disabilities Treaty! The Senate is expected to vote this week! Read more...

July 29, 2014Read More

Disabilities Treaty passes committee, now awaits vote by full Senate

Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and soon it will head to the full Senate for a ratification vote, possibly as early as next week! Read more...

July 22, 2014Read More

Senate could vote on Disabilities Treaty soon

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), also known as the Disabilities Treaty, is an international human rights treaty that will extend rights protections like those guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act to millions of people with disabilities worldwide. Read more...

July 14, 2014Read More

DRO, partners notify Ohio officials: State DD system violates Americans with Disabilities Act

For the past 18 months, Disability Rights Ohio attorneys and advocates have been engaged in an extensive review of the system of residential services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ohio. Read more...

July 3, 2014Read More

DRO joins national advocacy organizations in support of employees who report patient abuse

Disability Rights Ohio, AARP, National Disability Rights Network, National Senior Citizens Law Center, and National Health Law Program filed a friend of the court brief with the Supreme Court of Ohio in support of Patricia Hulsmeyer, whose wrongful termination lawsuit alleges that she was fired in retaliation for reporting patient... Read more...

July 2, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio - June 2014 newsletter is now up!

The Disability Rights Ohio June newsletter is now up! Read more...

July 2, 2014Read More

DRO issues comments on proposed changes to Ohio's guardianship system

Disability Rights Ohio has issued comments on the proposed amendments to the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio governing adult guardianships. Read more...

June 26, 2014Read More

DRO planning outreach events to answer healthcare questions

Disability Rights Ohio is an approved Navigator for the Healthcare Marketplace. This means we can provide information and assistance for individuals with disabilities who have questions about their healthcare coverage options and how the new healthcare law impacts them. Read more...

June 2, 2014Read More

DRO Voter Education Opportunity

Disability Rights Ohio is launching a campaign to help people with disabilities understand their voting rights and the voting process. Read more...

May 28, 2014Read More

After homicide, Disability Rights Ohio calls for action to end the use of dangerous restraints

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has determined that the death of 15-year-old Kenneth Barkley was a homicide caused by traumatic asphyxiation during a physical restraint used by staff of the group home where he was a resident. Read more...

May 22, 2014Read More

Law School Admission Council agrees to allow accommodations to test takers, provide compensation to those denied

The Department of Justice has announced a settlement with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) over testing accommodations on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Read more...

May 21, 2014Read More

DRO Voter Information and Hotline to be open Voting Day, Tuesday, May 6

Voting Day in Ohio is Tuesday, May 6. Check with your local board of elections for specific information, including early voting options, voting times and locations. Read more...

May 5, 2014Read More

Our April 2014 newsletter is up!

Our April 2014 newsletter is now available! Read more...

April 30, 2014Read More

Court rules guardians can appeal Department of Medicaid decisions without an attorney

After losing at the state administrative level, Kimberly Forbes filed for court review of the decision regarding the level of services on her daughter’s Medicaid home and community services waiver. Rather than addressing the issues in the case, Medicaid’s lawyer, an assistant attorney general, asked the court to dismiss the... Read more...

April 9, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio's March Newsletter is here!

This month's newsletter is now available. Read more...

March 24, 2014Read More

Are you experiencing a denial or delay of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services?

Are you experiencing a denial or delay of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services (example: being told to wait for services, being told to take a break from a work placement, or similar situations)? Have you been told that this is due to a funding restriction or other problem? If so, please... Read more...

March 20, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio issues investigative report on Rose Mary Center

Disability Rights Ohio has issued a report on its investigation of Rose Mary Center, a 42-bed facility in Cuyahoga County for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities operated by Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland. Read more...

March 11, 2014Read More

Ruth Colker addresses House Bills 333 and 334 in Plain Dealer op-ed

Ruth Colker, DRO Board member and Distinguished University Professor at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, wrote an op-ed for the Cleveland Plain Dealer to share how Ohio legislators are seeking to limit enforcement of parts of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Education... Read more...

March 6, 2014Read More

Check out what's happening at DRO - February 2014 Newsletter

Our February newsletter is now available. Read more...

February 24, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio scores major victory in case of Gibson v. Forest Hills School District

For over four years, Disability Rights Ohio represented Chloe Gibson, a student with autism, a seizure disorder and moderate cognitive impairment, and fought to help her actively pursue an education and make progress toward achieving her goal of gaining customized supported employment in an integrated setting after graduation. Read more...

February 21, 2014Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Applauds Introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Disability Rights Ohio applauds the introduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, a comprehensive legislative measure aimed at establishing standards and limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion interventions in school settings. Read more...

February 13, 2014Read More

Ohio Olmstead Task Force joins oppostion to HB 333

The Ohio Olmstead Task Force, a statewide coalition of individuals and disability rights advocates, recently sent a letter to Representative Michael Stinziano, expressing concerns with HB 333, legislative measure he introduced that would single out people with disabilities and require additional notice and time delays prior to the filing of... Read more...

February 4, 2014Read More

Check out our January 2014 newsletter!

Our January newsletter is now up! Read more...

January 29, 2014Read More

Stinziano Bill (HB 333) Would Harm Disability Community

Members of the disability community will offer strong opposition testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on HB 333, a bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus). The hearing is set for Wednesday, January 22 at 4 p.m. in Room 122 of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Read more...

January 21, 2014Read More

Those eligible for Medicaid under Ohio's expansion must reapply on state website

Due to technical difficulties, the federal health insurance exchange website, healthcare.gov, cannot send applications for Medicaid to the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The Ohio Department of Medicaid is encouraging everyone who thinks they may be eligible for Medicaid to complete an application for Medicaid on the Ohio Department of Medicaid... Read more...

January 15, 2014Read More

Blind student files discrimination suit against Miami University

With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, Aleeha Dudley, a blind student pursuing a degree in zoology with hopes of attending veterinary school, has filed suit (case number: 1:14-CV-00038) in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against Miami University for discriminating against... Read more...

January 13, 2014Read More

DRO negotiates services for Ohio inmates

Eleven inmates who are blind or have a visual impairment and are incarcerated in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) system are receiving services and accommodation for their disabilities. Staff from Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS)) negotiated with the DRC to provide accommodations and... Read more...

January 13, 2014Read More

Sign up for health insurance by midnight tomorrow for Jan. 1 coverage

Tomorrow at midnight is the deadline to register for health insurance coverage if you would like your plan under the Affordable Care Act to start on Jan. 1. Those who miss the deadline will still be able to avoid penalties if they sign up for coverage by March. Read more...

December 23, 2013Read More

Medicaid expansion is here to stay in Ohio!

On Friday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the State Controlling Board acted legally when they accepted federal money to expand Medicaid to those making 138% of the federal poverty level, an estimated 275,000 Ohioans. Read more...

December 23, 2013Read More

Law firm Steptoe & Johnson, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law join Doe v. State of Ohio case as co-counsel

Disability Rights Ohio announces that law firm Steptoe & Johnson and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, both based in Washington, D.C., have joined its Doe v. State of Ohio lawsuit as co-counsel. Their addition will help Disability Rights Ohio bring this 20-year-old case to a successful resolution for... Read more...

December 16, 2013Read More

New report outlines experiences of voters with disabilities in 2012 election

The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a new report, outlining the current status of voting access for people with disabilities in the United States. NCD, the National Disability Rights Network and EIN SOF Communications worked together to compile the experiences of nearly 900 voters with disabilities during the... Read more...

October 24, 2013Read More

DRO investigation continues after Parmadale placed on probation following sexual abuse allegations

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported that Parmadale Institute has been placed on Probation by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as a result of sexual abuse and other allegations. Parmadale Institute is an 80-bed children’s residential facility in Cuyahoga County. Read more...

October 23, 2013Read More

Is your new assistive device a lemon? You may be eligible for a refund

Has your assistive device dealer tried to fix the same problem at least three times without success? Has your assistive device been in the shop for more than 45 days? Under Ohio’s Assistive Device Lemon Law, you may be entitled to a refund or a replacement device. Read more...

October 21, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio returns to full operations

With Congress passing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is now back to full operations. Read more...

October 17, 2013Read More

State Controlling Board to vote on Medicaid expansion Monday, October 21

A select group of members of the Ohio General Assembly who serve on the state's Controlling Board will determine whether Medicaid will be expanded in Ohio. Read more...

October 16, 2013Read More

Health Insurance Marketplace to open Tuesday, October 1

The Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace will open on Tuesday, October 1. The marketplace is designed to help people who don't have any health insurance or want to find a lower cost option. Read more...

September 27, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio makes difficult choice as possible federal shutdown looms

Because Disability Rights Ohio is concerned about the possible federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013, and unavailability of additional funding for the upcoming year, we will be forced to manage our remaining funds in a conservative and efficient way. Read more...

September 23, 2013Read More

Murphy Vetter, a child in PLEAS case, is first with special needs to play football in Olentangy Youth Athletic Association

Murphy Vetter was one of 123 children in the lawsuit Disability Rights Ohio brought on behalf of the Parents League for Effective Autism Services (PLEAS) against the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Department of Job and Family Services in 2008. The case was settled in 2011. Read more...

September 16, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio one of several groups awarded grant funding to help public navigate insurance exchanges

Disability Rights Ohio is one of several organizations across the state to be awarded part of a $3 million federal "navigator" grant that will help people navigate the new health insurance exchanges. Read more...

August 16, 2013Read More

Bagenstos speaks to Disability Rights Ohio staff on current, future trends in disability law

Disability Rights Ohio welcomed Professor Sam Bagenstos to Columbus on Thursday, August 15. Bagenstos is currently a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. Read more...

August 16, 2013Read More

Can't meet us in person? Call into our Listening Session on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Disability Rights Ohio is setting the priorities for its work in the upcoming year, and we want to hear from you! Read more...

August 13, 2013Read More

Board member Ruth Colker to speak Tuesday at Columbus Urban League

Disability Rights Ohio Board member Ruth Colker, professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, at the Columbus Urban League, 788 Mount Vernon Ave., Columbus, OH 43203. Read more...

August 12, 2013Read More

Save the Date! Disability Rights Ohio to travel the state on Listening Tour starting August 12

Disability Rights Ohio is setting the priorities for its work in the upcoming year, and we want to hear from you! We will be setting off on a Listening Tour around the state August 12-28, visiting 10 locations. Read more...

August 2, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio attorney David Scott has an 'activist's resume' as President of Sierra Club Board

Disability Rights Ohio attorney David Scott has been involved with the Sierra Club for decades, and on May 18 was elected President of the environmental group's Board of Directors. Read more...

July 31, 2013Read More

Happy 23rd Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act!

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, the first civil rights legislation of its kind in the world. The law gives civil rights protections to people with disabilities and guarantees equal opportunities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government... Read more...

July 26, 2013Read More

TOPS intern Adam Moss on road to success at Ohio State University

Adam, who will turn 20 in May, came to us through the Nisonger Center's Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings for Students with Intellectual and Development Disabilities Program, otherwise known as TOPS. The program aims to give transition-aged individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities a chance to experience college and, hopefully,... Read more...

April 19, 2013Read More

Disability Rights Ohio Board of Directors elects five new members

On Tuesday, April 9, the Disability Rights Ohio Board of Directors elected five new members who have a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise, including civil rights law, program administration, and disability-related consumer advocacy. Read more...

April 16, 2013Read More

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