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Innovation Series

A Day in the Life | 2024 Innovation Series | Amplifying Voices | Building a More Inclusive Tomorrow

Join us for the 2024 Innovation Series centered on, “A Day in the Life: Amplifying Voices, Building a More Inclusive Tomorrow.” This year expands from the2023 Innovation Series which focused on enriching your network and the power of relationships. The Quality and Innovation team at DODD is partnered with OSDA leaders and OCALI to offer a learning opportunity with real life examples, networking, and practical strategies and motivation to move your ah-ha moments into action.

(FREE) Living full lives is important to everyone, including people with developmental disabilities and their families. We seek to help a variety of system partners understand the importance of listening about what a person/family wants and how to collectively explore ALL opportunities for supporting people in achieving their "good life" by understanding visions and collaborating to provide an array of integrated supports.

(FREE) Community connections impact all areas of our life. These connections affect our social and work experiences. This session will help participants understand what it means to be “of” the community versus “in” the community. We'll also learn about discovery and the core principles of building valued relationships and how these connections work together to help people live their best lives.

Register for one or both sessions.

(FREE) In Part 1, families can discover the strength of collaborative strategies intertwined with diversity, inclusion, equity, and an appreciation for cultural differences in the team process. This session offers tools to assist their loved ones to be seen and supported in a meaningful way to pursue what they want to happen in their lives and will empower families by providing insights into navigating the system and understanding how processes work. 

(FREE) Part 2 is designed for people living with developmental disabilities, recognizing their unique perspectives, challenges, and successes. This session aims to:

  • Empower people to understand their strengths and what they want to have happen in their lives.
  • Help participants effectively communicate, work with their team, and understand their rights and responsibilities resulting in the ability to navigate systems.
  • Provide a safe and supportive space for people to express themselves and connect with others who may share similar experiences.

Facilitators and peers will discuss common challenges faced by people living with developmental disabilities and explore ways to find solutions. This session encourages open conversation through the chat feature, building a sense of community and shared understanding among participants.

(FREE) The journey of life leads people down many paths toward employment. This session will help you discover what is important to and for the person to better navigate and lean into passions and interests. Each member of the team has a critical role to play to broaden options beyond the 4 F’s people with disabilities are typically directed toward, Food, Filth, Flowers, and Factories. We will discuss the steps before employment such as discovery, dreaming, exploring barriers, considering options (including services), and taking risks.

(FREE) Join us in exploring the positive impact of relationships on our lives and communities. During this session we’ll explore how relationships help us grow, feel better, and belong. Together we’ll learn how to develop and cultivate meaningful relationships across the lifespan.

(FREE) Step into the Together Strong session, a journey designed for direct support professionals, providers, families, County Boards, ICFs, and people living with developmental disabilities. This session centers on the team process, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Explore real-world experiences that happen throughout the team process, with the ultimate goal of achieving impactful outcomes that enhance the lives of people with all abilities.

($30 professionals / $15 self-advocate/family member*) The virtual series topics will build toward an in-person summit in Central Ohio on May 29 honoring the stories - including yours - that inspire action. The in-person summit will offer practical strategies on:

  • Integrated support
  • Person-centered outcomes
  • Community building
  • Relationships
  • Employment opportunities

*Registration includes morning coffee and lunch. Credit card only. No purchase orders or checks accepted. Please Note: Registration fee is non-refundable.

The 2024 Innovation Series Summit is an in-person only event held at Quest Conference Center in Westerville, OH.

Quest Conference Center
9200 Worthington Road.
Suite 400
Westerville, Ohio 43082

Hotel Information: View a list of hotels near Quest Conference Center. If staying at either the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris or Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris, ask for the "Quest Discount" when booking your reservation.

Detailed information about breakout sessions and more coming soon!

Note: There is no cost to participate in the Zoom sessions. The registration fee for the in-person summit is $30.00 for professionals and $15 for self-advocates or family members. Advance registration is required. Credit card only. No purchase orders or checks accepted. Please Note: Registration fee is non-refundable. Registration is provided through OCALI Pass, a free online user account.

Continuing education credits will be offered for all sessions.

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