Community Integration: A Safer Solution to Ride Out the Pandemic #AdvocacyMatters

“My sister is just so much happier. You can see the difference.” You can hear the relief in Cathy Jordan’s voice when she talks about her younger sister Caryl. Today, Caryl, who was born with an intellectual disability, lives in a small, community-based group home in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. The staff... Read more...

May 8, 2020Read More

Important Update Regarding the Proposed Settlement in DRO's Community Integration Class Action Lawsuit

At a hearing in December 2019 to discuss the recent settlement agreement, the Judge asked DRO and the State to include language that addresses concerns of guardians who, while not part of the class itself, are concerned about their family members potentially losing institutional care in Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs).... Read more...

January 10, 2020Read More

Settlement in Community Integration Class Action Lawsuit Receives Preliminary Approval

DRO is pleased to announce that the judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has granted preliminary approval of a settlement in our community integration class action lawsuit, Ball v. DeWine. The public will have the opportunity to submit comments on the Settlement Agreement... Read more...

October 18, 2019Read More

Federal court grants class certification in lawsuit challenging segregation of Ohioans with developmental disabilities

Today, Chief Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, granted class certification in Ball v. Kasich. With this ruling, the five named plaintiffs in the case now represent the interests of thousands of similarly-situated people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in... Read more...

March 30, 2018Read More

Statement of Disability Rights Ohio Before the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee

DRO is submitting this statement in order to clarify and expand on information that the Committee has received about its activities and, specifically, litigation that it has filed on behalf of individual plaintiffs and seeks to have certified as a class action, Ball v. Kasich. As detailed below, the goal... Read more...

March 6, 2018Read More

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