May 24, 2018

Technology First State

Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a table with a small robot named Milo. Milo is blue and yellow and helps kids with autism
Gov. John Kasich signed the Technology First executive order May 24, making Ohio the first state in the country to place an emphasis on expanding access to technology for people with developmental disabilities.

"As we have worked in Ohio to renew economic growth and prosperity, we have made it a priority to leave no one behind -- including those with developmental disabilities," Gov. John Kasich said.

"The advancements we are seeing in technology with remote monitoring and advanced sensors are helping improve the way we care for those with disabilities and significantly improve the quality of life and increase independence for many. We can and should put these breakthroughs to work for the Ohioans who need them."

Under the executive order, Ohio will work with county boards of developmental disabilities to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with disabilities. People and their families can explore how supportive technology can enable them to be more productive and included in their community.

Read more in this Columbus Dispatch article or on the Ohio DODD website.

Photo credit: Ohio Association of County Boards of DD
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