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


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 here. Register by clicking here!   

DisabilityBasics_Part2_CoverHealth Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO) briefs examining disability and health in Ohio

The first part in the series, titled “Health and disabilities basics: Overview of health coverage, programs and services,” presents the current landscape of health coverage, programs and services for people with disabilities. The brief also explores demographics, eligibility criteria and scope issues.

The second brief, “Health and disabilities basics part II: The health challenges facing Ohioans with disabilities,” explores the complex challenges people with disabilities face in achieving optimal health and well-being. It also examines federal and state policies that address these challenges and makes reccommendations for future policies.

ODHP has contributed to these briefs by providing content on disability demographics and health disparities in Ohio. A link to these briefs can also be found on our Health Policy Resources Page.

**Disability Awareness Trainings for First Responders and Emergency Planners from ODHP**

The Ohio Disability and Health Program has produced two hour-long disability training videos for First Responders and Emergency Planners. Both trainings are publically available on YouTube with closed captions:

ODHP is currently working with The Ohio State University Center for EMS, who will be hosting the trainings on their website to make them available for Continuing Education (CEU/CPT) credit for EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, and Nursing personnel.  Please check back for more information.

More information on each training and additional resources for First Responders and Emergency Planners can be found at the following links:

First Responder Training and Resources

Emergency Planner Training and Resources


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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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