Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses, Monday May 11th, 2015 

Registration is now open for the“Build Your Disability Toolkit” Symposium!

First Responders and Nurses – Please join us for a day-long CE training to help you best serve patients with disabilities. Various disabilities and concerns for first responders and nurses will be discussed. The training includes a Keynote Address from para-rower and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Commissioner, Blake Haxton. Blake competed in the 2014 World Rowing Championships and has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympic Games. Other sessions include panel discussions with self-advocates and first responders, and presentations from Dr. Susan Havercamp, Dr. Betsey Benson, and Dr. Quynh Wells of the OSU Nisonger Center UCEDD. Deaf Services Center CEO, John Moore, will also be serving on the self-advocate/family panel.

This training provides 7 hours of CEU for nurses, EMS, and police officers and is a collaboration between The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the Ohio Disability and Health Program, OSU’s Center for EMS, and OSU’s IDEA Studio for Healthcare and Design.

PDF of flyer is located here: Build Your Disability Toolkit: A Symposium for First Responders and Nurses

Register Here: http://tinyurl.com/2015disabilitytoolkit

LIFT: Living Independently from Tobacco Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Columbus, OH

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

You’re invited to attend a free training to become a facilitator for the LIFT: Living Independent from Tobacco smoking cessation program for people with disabilities. Participants will receive a copy of the LIFT curriculum and hear from its developer, Dr. Jamie Pomeranz from the University of Florida. Following the training, participants will be able to facilitate the LIFT program.

Who Should Attend:                                                                                                       

Individuals who have the support and resources to commit to implementing at least one Living Independent from Tobacco (LIFT) workshop to individuals with disabilities in the next 12 months. LIFT is an 8-session smoking cessation workshop.  Workshops are conducted using the format and schedule that best meets the trainers and the participants needs. Trainers need to have the capacity to implement the LIFT workshops and provide all necessary curriculum materials to participants. All attendees must submit an Organization Commitment Form.

The Curriculum:

The evidence-based LIFT curriculum embodies a behavioral counseling approach educating consumers on their benefits of quitting and methods of managing cravings and lifestyles changes. It also teaches and provides peer and community support when quitting smoking. Many traditional tobacco cessation programs are not appropriate for PWD. The reasons for this include lack of accessibility of the program, the failure of program to consider the disability culture, and the inability of group participants to interact with one another. In an effort to address these concerns, modifications to AHEC’s Quit Smoking Now (QSN)- A Tobacco Cessation Curriculum were made to create the LIFT curriculum for PWD.

Click Here to Register!


Remember to fill out the Organizational Commitment Form in (Word) or (PDF) and submit to Erica Coleman: Erica.Coleman@cchmc.org.

Please call Erica with any questions: (513) 803-4399

Disaster & Preparedness Training for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers in Toledo, Saturday,May 30th, 2015

The next Disaster & Preparedness Training for People with Disabilities & their Caregivers will be Saturday May 30th at the Lucas County EMS Training Center in Toledo, OH. This is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to learn about local hazards and how they can be prepared. Individuals are welcome to bring a family member or caregiver with them to the training. Participants also receive a FREE Red Cross Emergency Preparedness kit and “Ready Now” packet to create a personal preparedness plan. 

**Please note: This training is intended for individuals with disabilities and their family members or caregivers. This is not a train-the-trainer session and is not intended for staff or professionals to attend alone. 

A PDF flyer for this event is located hereRegister by clicking here!

Save the Date - The Ohio Disability and Health Program with the Ohio Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure presents:

Accessible Mammography Facilities and Working with Women with Disabilities Training Seminar 2015 in Columbus, OH

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

A free, day-long training seminar for mammography technologists. Technologists will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of health care needs of women with disabilities and to improve accessibility of their mammography facilities. Topics include communication, positioning, technologist care, and panel discussions by experienced technologists and women with disabilities.

Please see the Save the Date flyer(PDF). Seating is limited this year! We are also looking for panelists to share their experience about working with women with disabilities.

Registration details will be available in the upcoming weeks! *Please note if you attended the seminar last year in Shaker Heights and received CEUs, you will not be eligible for CEUs from this training.

If you have questions about this event or are interested in being a panelist, please contact Erica Coleman, Health Activities Coordinator, University of Cincinnati UCEDD: Erica.Coleman@cchmc.org, (513) 803-4399

New Smoking Cessation Resources for People with Disabilities

The Ohio Department of Health's Tobacco Program has created smoking cessation materials to appeal to people with disabilities (PWD), including 2 Posters promoting the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line and 1 Brochure that includes information about the benefits of quitting smoking for PWD and tips to help caregivers, physicians, healthcare staff and other direct service providers encourage smoking cessation among the PWD they serve. These materials are appropriate for distribution or display at any facility or organization that serves PWD in Ohio. All materials are provided free of charge. Please considering ordering materials for your organization.  To order, please fill out the Fillable Order Form (PDF) and e-mail directly to the Ohio Department of Health at: tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov

You can also download PDFs of the materials on our Health Promotion Resources Page (nisonger.osu.edu/odhp/resources/healthpromotion)


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Who is ODHP?

The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) is a grant-funded state program with the goals to promote health, improve emergency preparedness, and increase access to care for Ohioans with disabilities. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ODHP will:

  • Develop and enhance program infrastructure and capacity
  • Improve state level health surveillance and monitoring activities
  • Increase awareness of health-related disability policy initiatives
  • Increase health promotion opportunities for people with disabilities to maximize health
  • Improve access to health care for people with disabilities
  • Improve emergency preparedness among people with disabilities
  • Effectively monitor and evaluate program activities

ODHP serves as a resource to the state and is well positioned to provide Technical Assistance related to disability and health for businesses, organizations, and people with disabilities in Ohio.

ODHP is a partnership amongst the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the two Ohio UCEDDs (University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disability) at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center and the University of Cincinnati (UC UCEDD), and the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC). Another key collaborator for this program is the disability community; a Disability Community Planning Group (DCPG) has been formed to guide and assist in program activities.

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