2023 Innovation Series

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2023 Innovation Series

The 2023 Innovation Series builds on the connections the Community Life Engagement (CLE) Team has helped to spotlight and celebrate over the last 6+ years to improve person-centered planning, community membership, and employment opportunities for individuals across Ohio. Throughout the 2022 Innovation Series, we honored the importance of relationships and explored how innovation is created and sustained by leveraging those relationships and shared experiences. We recognized how interconnected we are, and that we expand what is possible when we come together with a shared purpose. The increasing complexities of our society and challenges faced within the developmental disability system require us to work collaboratively to discover a shared path forward.

The 2023 Innovation Series provides the opportunity for stakeholders to share strategies and address obstacles related to Employment, Technology, Transition, Supporting People with Significant Needs, and Plans & Outcomes. DODD is taking this opportunity to help build relationships and bridge the function of the Quality and Innovation Office’s various teams. The CLE Team, the Ohio LifeCourse Nexus Team, and the OhioISP Team, are combining efforts to further assist stakeholders in supporting people with lived experiences as a person with developmental disabilities to live their best lives with a focus meaningful relationships. The series is designed to grow and foster networks that empower a diverse group of people to connect, collaborate, and innovate to create a future system of supports that works for all.

2023 Networking Tuesdays

Join us for the 2023 Innovation Series! Connect with statewide leaders and your peers and colleagues from around Ohio as we explore how our personal, professional, and community networks have moved innovation forward in Ohio. We will also share reflections, stories, and strategies learned and implemented, honor the relationships and collaboration with stakeholders in our system, and leverage our shared experiences to create and cultivate better networks of support.


  • Honor the bonds among Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals and Service & Support Administrators (QIDPs/SSAs), Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), families, communities, and people being supported in our system;
  • Foster relationships and connections among people being supported, families, county boards, Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), providers, and other stakeholders;
  • Hold insightful conversations guiding the assessment and planning process;
  • Share best practices and stories around innovating new ways of supporting people;
  • Focus on how networks and collaboration can support the journey towards a meaningful life;
  • Discuss sustaining and enriching support through relationship networks, and listening to people being supported and their families; and
  • Hear stories from people building their network and how this is a critical component to supporting people with the most significant sensory, behavior, and communication needs.

Join representatives from the Quality & Innovation Team at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities as well as guest presenters for conversations and connections around networks in the areas listed below:

Virtual Series: April 4 - May 9

All events listed below will be virtual through the Zoom platform. A link to join the event will be sent one day prior as well as the morning of the event. There is no cost to attend the virtual series.




April 4, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kickoff Event

April 11, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


April 18, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm


April 25, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Transition from School to Adulthood

May 2, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Supporting People with Significant Needs

May 9, 2023

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Plans & Outcomes

Continuing Education

Two (2) hours of continuing professional development units (CPDUs) will be offered for each Networking Tuesday session.

A Certificate of Completion will be provided upon completion of each event evaluation.

In-Person Summit: May 23

The 2023 Innovation Summit will be an in-person event held at The Conference Center at OCLC, located at 6565 Kilgour Place, Dublin, OH 43017-3395. The registration fee is $30 or $15 for a family member or self-advocate. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

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May 23, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 am



10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Summit/Innovation Celebration

The Summit will celebrate all of the relationships, connections, and networks that have been cultivated to benefit the people supported in our system. The event will feature general session keynote speakers as well as breakouts for ongoing collaborative conversation and networking. Morning beverages and lunch will be provided. The cost for each person to attend is $30 or $15 for a parent or self-advocate. Credit card only. No purchase orders or checks accepted. Please Note: Registration fee is non-refundable. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for family members or people with disabilities who wish to attend the Summit.

Registration is now closed.

Continuing Education

Four (4) hours of continuing professional development units (CPDUs) will be offered for the Innovation Summit for each of the following CPD types:
    •    Adult Services
    •    County Board Member
    •    Service and Support Administration
    •    Superintendent

A certificate of participation will be emailed to each participant after the Innovation Summit.

We are looking forward to an exciting day and hope you are able to join us!

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