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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! We've got an incredible lineup of educational and interactive events this month, and we're excited to share them with you!


We're also proud to announce our annual theme: 'Don't Dis My Ability'

Keep an eye out for our amazing new theme'd shirts and signage, and be sure to check out all of our amazing events below:

Kent State Men’s Basketball Game March 3, 2020 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Kent State MACC 1025 Risman Drive · Kent, OH · 44242


Join Portage DD and our Special Olympics athletes to cheer on the #GoldenFlashes Men's Basketball team against Bowling Green! Tickets (Upper GA Section) are discounted online for $7.00 (Code: PortageDD). Athletes will be recognized during the game. Athletes who plan on attending should email Colleen Brown at colleenb@portagedd.org, or call 330-297-4187.


Click here to purchase tickets.

Portage DD: Quarterly Provider Meeting March 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Administration Building 2606 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657

DD Awareness Rally March 4 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Ravenna Public Square 203 W Main Street · Ravenna, OH · 44266


Walk, Roll or Stroll for DD Awareness! Join Portage DD for a Developmental Disabilities Awareness Rally featuring Ravenna Mayor Frank Seman!

Transition Booster: Achieving Quality Employment March 4, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Reed Memorial Library 167 E Main Street · Ravenna, OH · 44266


Join us for our free Transition Booster Sessions in the Portage County Area. These sessions are for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. Speakers include:


Employment & Community Life - Britta Hough - Regional Community Life Engagement Project Manager for NE Ohio Region of Employment First. Employment First ensures that individuals eligible for DD services in Ohio have as many opportunities as possible to work and thrive in their communities.


Community Employment - Roya Hood - Rehabilitation Program Specialist for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities in the Supported Employment and Transition Unit, providing technical support and assistance to projects and partnerships related to Supported Employment and students with disabilities.


Click here to register for the event.

ARC Night at the Cavs March 7, 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM | Rocket Mortgage Field House 1 Center Court · Cleveland, OH · 44115


Celebrate DD Awareness Month with the Cleveland Cavaliers & The Arc of Ohio! Each ticket includes a Cavs 50th Season drawstring bag, and a portion of every ticket purchase will also be donated to the ARC of Ohio.


Click here for details.

Portage DD: Heartsaver First Aid / CPR / AED Training March 10, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants. Note: For the 6 hour CPR/First Aid/AED class, there will be no lunch break, however the instructor will permit eating during the class time. $40/Individual Information Contact: Karen Hill, Nursing Support Manager, (330)296-8714 or karenh@portagedd.org. Scheduling Contact: Kim Holbert, Account Clerk II, (330)296-2839 ext. 3148 or kimh@portagedd.org.

Portage DD: Self Advocates Social Volunteer Night (RSVP REQUIRED) March 10, 2020 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Kent Healthcare & Rehabilitation 1290 Fairchild Avenue · Kent, OH · 44240

Portage DD: UI/MUI Training Course March 11, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Administration Building 2606 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657



This course satisfies the requirements for the Initial/Annual required training on the MUI Rule, OAC 5123-17-02.   Course content includes a review of types of Unusual and Major Unusual Incidents (UI and MUI), UI logs, UI investigations, MUI reporting requirements, immediate actions, defining Primary Person Involved (PPI) and mandatory reporters. The course also includes Clients Rights, ORC Section 5123.62 and prior year Health and Welfare Alerts.  A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion.


Free to attend.


MUI Training Contact: Tim Torch, Human Resources Specialist, (330) 297-2083 or timt@portagedd.org.


Transition Booster: Achieving Quality Employment March 11, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Reed Memorial Library 167 E Main Street · Ravenna, OH · 44266


Join us for our free Transition Booster Sessions in the Portage County Area. These sessions are for parents, caregivers, or professionals working with youth and young adults who have developmental disabilities and/or special health care needs. Speakers include:


Employment & Community Life - Britta Hough - Regional Community Life Engagement Project Manager for NE Ohio Region of Employment First. Employment First ensures that individuals eligible for DD services in Ohio have as many opportunities as possible to work and thrive in their communities.


Community Employment - Roya Hood - Rehabilitation Program Specialist for Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities in the Supported Employment and Transition Unit, providing technical support and assistance to projects and partnerships related to Supported Employment and students with disabilities.


Click here to register for the event.

Inclusion Basketball Game vs. Staff March 12, 2020 | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Happy Day School 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


Join Portage DD for an inclusion basketball game on Thursday, March 12! Athletes, staff and community members are invited to participate! If you'd like to play in the game, RSVP no later than Friday, March 6.


Special Olympics Contact: Colleen Brown, Local Coordinator, (330) 29-4187 or colleenb@portagedd.org.

Portage DD: Medication Administration Certification 1 Training (3 Days) March 17 - 19, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


participants will receive DODD certification to administer medications and perform specifically identified health-related activities. ​ Instruction includes administration of oral, eye, ear, and nasal medications, medications administered via the topical route, and performance of health- related activities currently identified in law and rule, which may be performed by unlicensed personnel. Note: The "NEW" certification course is held over three days, six hours per day. Participants must be available to attend the entire session for all three days in order to receive certification. $150/Individual Information Contact: Karen Hill, Nursing Support Manager, (330)296-8714 or karenh@portagedd.org. Scheduling Contact: Kim Holbert, Account Clerk II, (330)296-2839 ext. 3148 or kimh@portagedd.org.

Portage DD: Board Meeting March 18, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | Administration Building 2606 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657

Ohio Self Determination Association Northeast Regional Meeting March 19, 2020 | 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Elks Lodge 776 N. Freedom Street · Ravenna, OH · 44266

DSPaths Advocacy Proficiency: Interpersonal Communications March 20, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


This class discusses the basics of effective communication with a focus on the goal of achieving of mutual understanding in communicative efforts. This class will assist participants in identifying barriers to effective listening and the traits of a great listener.


Participants will work together in role play activities to investigate four approaches to communication with an emphasis on the skills and behaviors of an effective assertive communicator. This class also allows participants to practice special assertive communicative techniques for use in difficult situations.


The training is 3 hours. No cost.


Scheduling Contact: Kim Holbert, Account Clerk II, (330)296-2839 ext. 3148 or kimh@portagedd.org.

'Don't Dis My Ability' Photo Shoot March 24, 2020 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Happy Day School 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657

Portage DD: Self Advocates Meeting March 25, 2020 | 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Reed Memorial Library 167 E Main Street · Ravenna, OH · 44266

Portage DD: Frontline Supervisor Training March 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


Assisting DSPs and Other Support Staff with the Understanding and Implementation of the Person Centered Planning Process

This class examines the practice and techniques used in the person centered planning process. The class participant will practice and demonstrate proficiency in using specific tools of person centered planning. This class explores methods of facilitating and teaching self-determination skills to supported individuals as well as supporting DSPs to be involved in the person centered planning process.


The training is 3 hours. No cost.


Scheduling Contact: Kim Holbert, Account Clerk II, (330)296-2839 ext. 3148 or kimh@portagedd.org.

Portage DD: Heartsaver First Aid / CPR / AED Training March 26, 2020 | 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657


Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.


Note: For the 6 hour CPR/First Aid/AED class, there will be no lunch break, however the instructor will permit eating during the class time.


$40/Individual


Information Contact: Karen Hill, Nursing Support Manager, (330)296-8714 or karenh@portagedd.org.


Scheduling Contact: Kim Holbert, Account Clerk II, (330)296-2839 ext. 3148 or kimh@portagedd.org.

'Don't Dis My Ability' Photo Shoot March 26, 2020 | 10:00 AM -1:00 PM | Happy Day School 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657

Inclusion Movie Night: The Peanut Butter Falcon ($5 – includes 12oz drink & popcorn) March 26, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Ravenna 7 Movies 215 W. Cedar Avenue · Ravenna, OH · 44266


The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.

Special Olympics Chipotle Fundraiser March 30, 2020 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Chipotle - Kent 429 E Main Street · Kent, OH · 44240


Join us for a fundraiser to support Portage DD Special Olympics. Just come in to the Chipotle at 429 E. Main Street in Kent on Monday, March 30th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Portage DD Special Olympics.

Akron Zoo Inclusion Outing March 31, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Akron Zoo 500 Edgewood Avenue · Akron, OH · 44307

Portage DD: Annual Provider Training March 31, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Community & Provider Relations 2500 Brady Lake Road · Ravenna, OH · 44266-1657

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Updated: Feb 12

On Saturday, February 8, Portage County Special Olympics hosted a Bowling Tournament at Spins Bowl in Kent. The Tournament, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, featured athletes from across Northeast Ohio (Region 6). Thank you to all of the amazing athletes, volunteers and staff who made the tournament a success!


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Updated: Feb 9

Notice is hereby given that the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be holding its regular 2020 monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month with no meeting scheduled in July, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Dennis M. Coble Administration Building, 2606 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna, OH 44266. Any individual or entity wanting to receive notification of any special or emergency meeting scheduled by the Board may do so be sending an e-mail requesting notification to specialmeeting@portagedd.org.

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