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Cincinnati GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Field Day:

The GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge takes place nationally on June 5, 2021. Every location in the GiGi’s network (more than 60 across the US) will host an in-person or virtual event to bring people together to strengthen our movement for acceptance.

This event highlights the need for such a movement.  The disability community is the largest global minority group.  Individuals with Down Syndrome wear their diagnosis in a public way every moment of their lives while facing social and physical challenges every day. Crime, bullying and a higher rate of unemployment are some of the significant obstacles to be managed.  They are too often overlooked in terms of civil rights and inclusivity initiatives. Physical fitness, whether it be adaptive or not, is important for overall mental and physical health and leads to better outcomes, especially for those with special needs. We want to show that we are Stronger Together and each life has value as we create a MOVEment for Acceptance for All.

Cincinnati Field Day: GiGi’s Playhouse Cincinnati would like to see the greater Cincinnati community come together in support of this goal. We envision partnering with the Hamilton County Special Olympics and other local disability advocacy groups to host a field day in Cincinnati.  The plan is to recruit Community Partners to support the teams. The target community groups are professional, college, and high school teams of all kinds and First Responders. Teams can be formed to represent an individual with Special Needs, community group, or business, etc. Each can be partnered with a player or first responder or both to compete in fundraising and in the field day games. The individuals with special needs and their family may foster a long or short-term relationship with an athlete and first responder, which can result in less bullying and a higher self-esteem. The overall partnership with community partners and the special needs community will send a message that Cincinnati is Stronger Together and working towards an inclusive partnership. It’s a Win-Win-Win!

Each team will be able to host individual mini-fundraising events leading up to the Field Day. We will offer incentives for the top recruiting and fundraising teams. You can find out more about the GiGiFIT Acceptance Challenge Field Day here: https://gigisplayhouse.org/Cincinnati/field-day/

Contact the GiGi’s Playhouse Startup team to get involved:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome 2021!

As we reflect upon 2020, which no doubt has brought all of us unprecedented challenges, we want to express our gratitude for each of you, our shared grief for the people we have lost to the coronavirus, and our hope for the future for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

First, and foremost, we would like to thank you for your partnership in helping to keep people as safe and healthy as possible through the pandemic. 

To the Direct Support Professionals, you are our front-line heroes. You show up, day after day, to make sure the people we support are not only cared for but also cared about. Your commitment has never been more visible. Thank you!

To our provider network, you have risen to the challenge, innovated, and continued to provide necessary services to support people with developmental disabilities even as the ground changed underneath us all. Thank you for your partnership! 

And, to the staff here at Brown CBDD, thank you for your ongoing leadership, vision, and commitment to our shared mission. We could not do this without you.

While this pandemic is not over, like all of you, we are looking forward to a vaccine; to overcome the spread of this terrible virus, and get back to living a normal life. We understand that the vaccine will be available very soon.

Currently, we do not know the exact schedule or availability for vaccinations in Brown County. Our administration and the Brown County Health Department communicate regularly. Details will be publicized as they are made available to us. In addition, we are working closely with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and the Ohio Association of County Boards.
Governor DeWine stated at his press conference on January 7th that people with qualifying developmental disabilities diagnoses will be among the first in Phase 1B to have access to the vaccine starting the week of January 25. In the meantime, Brown CBDD is working closely with the local health department to ensure they have the information they need to identity those people who will fall into this category.

In closing, as we look to 2021, we know there will still be many challenges. But we also know this past year has made us even more resilient and prepared for whatever lies ahead.

Let us welcome the New Year, give the happy farewell to the old, start the new beginning without fear, and cherish the memories we hold!

COVID 19 PANDEMIC

If you have questions regarding COVID 19, need supplies or assistance please call 937-822-1249 to speak with SSA Manager, Tracy Hammonds.  This number has been set aside during the Coronavirus Pandemic to assist Individuals, Providers and Families who may need assistance. 

NOTE:  After the pandemic has subsided, please refrain from using this number as this is for the Transition Coordinator and should only be use to contact the Transition Coordinator for transition to work program.

All Unusual Incidents and MUI calls need to still use the Emergency Cell Phone (937) 725-0686 to report all incidents to the Brown County Board of DD on call staff. 

The Board will continue social distancing, provide masks, gloves and hand sanitizer to individuals, family members, guardians, and providers who wish to come in for their ISP meeting or other meetings and trainings scheduled in the future.

Please be assured that all SSA's, Early Intervention Developmental Specialists, and Therapists continue to be available.  Communicating by phone, or video conferencing will continue if this is the method perfered by individuals, family members, guardians, representatives and team members.

We continue to monitor this situation closely.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or specific needs.

ODH has established a hotline which can be reached

7 days a week from 9 a. m. to 8 p. m.

The number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

or

Brown County Health Department 937-378-6892

Thank you for your support as we do our part to slowing the spread of the

COVID-19 Virus.

Stable Account: A savings account for those with disabilities

FixTheList.info: The initiative to modernize Ohio’s failed Medicaid Waiver waiting list.

"People with developmental disabilities and their families have repeatedly told us Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification.  The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most..."

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