A man sits on his porch in front of a brick building. He has a big smile, and is wearing a black, red, yellow and green sweatshirt.
Nov 23, 2020
Charles Cantey spent 25 years in a state mental health hospital. With help from his team at HCDDS, he is now living independently and working in the community.
Two women stand in front of a black and white map of the city of Cincinnati. One has gray hair, the other has brown hair. They are both smiling
Nov 18, 2020
Join us for an introduction to Leia Snyder, the next superintendent of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. She’ll be meeting virtually with advocates, providers, and families.
Efrain and his mom, Maria, smile outside their home. The family is Spanish speaking
Nov 10, 2020
The HCDDS Early Intervention team worked with the Aguilar family for nearly three years, overcoming a language barrier, access to technology, and pandemic safety protocols to help Efrain make progress.
An architectural rendering of a new accessible apartment building. The building has three floors and a ramp in the front.
Oct 29, 2020
We are working with the Housing Network of Hamilton County on two developments to respond to critical housing gaps in our community, one in Madisonville and one in Spring Grove Village.
Oct 23, 2020
As you know, our next superintendent, Leia Snyder will begin with us next month. Leia and I will work closely together during a time of training and transition until my retirement at the end of the year.
A man wears a red shirt and an American flag bandana. He is smiling and has facial hair and glasses. He uses a wheelchair and has cerebral palsy
Oct 13, 2020
Matt Mason has a bachelor's degree in psychology, lives independently and leads a full life. He credits the Americans With Disabilities Act for creating opportunities to reach his potential.
A woman with brown hair smiles. She is wearing a white jacket and standing outside
Sep 21, 2020
The Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) appointed Leia Snyder as its new superintendent.
Sep 17, 2020
It’s with an incredibly heavy heart we share that Rick Ratterman, our director of budget and administrative operations, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 13.
A white background with silver house keys and a keychain shaped like a house. The logos for Hatton Foundation and Easterseals are in the bottom right
Aug 27, 2020
The Hatton Foundation has awarded Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati $50,000 in grant funding to provide eviction protection and housing assistance services for individuals living with disabilities.
A picture of HCDDS superintendent Alice Pavey on a light blue background. The white APSI logo and text Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award are on top of a darker blue rectangle
Aug 17, 2020
HCDDS Superintendent Alice Pavey received the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award for lifetime achievement in advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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Aug 10, 2020
On Saturday, Aug. 8, we dedicated the gymnasium at Rost School as the "Mike Fairbanks Memorial Gym" to honor a dedicated employee and outstanding athlete. 
A man stands behind a desk with a mask covering his mouth and nose. He is using hand sanitizer, and works at a school
Aug 6, 2020
After much consideration, we made the difficult decision to delay the beginning of in-person learning for students at Bobbie B. Fairfax and Margaret B. Rost Schools this fall until Aug. 31.
A graphic with a blue background over a picture of a person with a disability who has their hands raised. The text says Cincinnati Disability Pride 2020, Celebrating 30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Jul 8, 2020
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and we’ve joined with other local partners for a virtual celebration of Disability Pride.
Jul 2, 2020
Lynne Calloway held many roles during her career at Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. She was just 21 years old when she began her career with us, and we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement!
Jun 29, 2020
Throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our agency and our employees continue to impress me with their creativity and dedication to the people we serve. Although our offices look different, we’re still here for families and our support remains unchanged.
Jun 20, 2020
In Hearing Life magazine, SSA Camilla Gilbert shared her experience about her evolution from being embarrassed by her hearing aids to advocating for herself.
A young man with a disability is wearing his red cap and gown. His wheelchair is surrounded by family
May 29, 2020
While we couldn't hold our traditional graduation ceremony this year, we still want to celebrate the Class of 2020.
May 20, 2020
Mike Fairbanks, a dedicated employee of Hamilton County Developmental Services for more than 20 years, passed away far too soon at the age of 55.
May 4, 2020
We don’t know when we’ll return to normal operations, but we are planning for the eventual reopening of our buildings in a safe and effective way. Our employees developed creative, effective ways to continue their work from home.
Apr 30, 2020
Our 2019 Annual Report to the Community mirrors the focus areas in our Strategic Plan to highlight the progress we’ve made toward our long-term goals.
Apr 1, 2020
Following the governor's guidance, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services will continue its limited building access through at least May 1, and both our schools are closed.
Mar 17, 2020
As you may have heard, I will be retiring as superintendent of Hamilton County DD Services at the end of this year. Last week our board voted to begin the process of selecting the next superintendent of Hamilton County DD Services.
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Mar 12, 2020
Ohio’s stay-at-home order during this public health crisis makes exceptions for essential human services organizations, and that includes Hamilton County DD Services. We are still working and are here to support you during this time.
Mar 8, 2020
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. To celebrate, we’re sharing stories that highlight aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the importance of this landmark civil rights legislation.
Feb 27, 2020
The next U.S. Census begins this spring, and citizens can fill it out online, by mail, over-the-phone or in-person. Census data helps direct more than $800 billion a year in federal funding, including for key programs for people with disabilities.
Feb 13, 2020
It’s with a heavy heart that we share Marvin Moss passed away on Monday, Feb. 10, at age 73. Marvin was a pioneer in the disability advocacy community, and he will be missed dearly by many people.
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Jan 15, 2020
Our 2020 Annual Plan identifies goals and action steps for the upcoming year. These goals are rooted in our Strategic Plan focus areas and represent concrete steps toward our long-term objectives.
Dec 30, 2019
Looking back on 2019, I’m struck by the number of major accomplishments we’ve had as an agency during the last year. I think it’s important that we reflect on the past year so we can appreciate this great work and continue to build on these successes in 2020.
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Nov 18, 2019
Congratulations to the Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments for big wins at the Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards on Nov. 14. The group won four awards for their campaign related to the regional Smart Home.
Nov 6, 2019
Thanks to all your work and support, Hamilton County voters approved the Developmental Disabilities Services levy for five more years.
Oct 28, 2019
It was a busy summer and an exciting start to the fall at Hamilton County DD Services. Stay up-to-date on what's been happening in this letter from Superintendent Alice Pavey.
Aug 26, 2019
For more than 50 years, HCDDS has provided services for with people with DD at every stage of life. Our “Services Spotlight” feature highlights some of those services to help you understand what we do and how we empower people to reach their potential and live meaningful lives.
Jul 23, 2019
Tasha Faruqui wanted her daughter to experience summer camp but kept running into roadblocks. Her continued advocacy, along with the willingness of Gorman Heritage Farm, created an inclusive opportunity.
Jun 24, 2019
School is out, summer is upon us, and we’re approaching the middle of 2019. It’s been an exciting year so far, and I want to update everyone on a few projects. 
May 13, 2019
Last summer David Tripathy had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – competing in the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. His spirit and determination helped him earn medals in all three of his swimming races.
Mar 20, 2019
Our regional Smart Home is now open. It highlights how technology, such as two-way talk devices, pressure mats and stove sensors, can alert staff who can support a person from a remote location.
Mar 11, 2019
We'd like to introduce you to Sean Bostic, our new Family Engagement Coordinator.
Mar 1, 2019
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and we’re celebrating with community events, highlighting our services and more.
Jan 25, 2019
As 2019 gets underway, I look forward to a happy and productive year.
Jan 12, 2019
Our three-year strategic plan includes five focus areas that allow us to respond to the needs of our stakeholders and position Hamilton County DD Services for the future.
Jan 2, 2019
A collaboration between Rost School and the Freestore Foodbank ensures nearly two dozen students have enough food for the weekend. Margaret's Market began this school year and is making a big difference.
Dec 22, 2018
We’re nearing the end of 2018, and I want to take a moment to reflect upon our successes. It has been an eventful year full of accomplishments, including our agency receiving its three-year accreditation from the Ohio Department of DD.
Dec 15, 2018
We'd like to welcome Alan H. Abes to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.
Dec 2, 2018
Delores Fly spent years in and out of the criminal justice system. Now, with help from HCDDS staff and providers, she’s starting a new journey.