Thrower Web

Jan 20, 2022

Dr. Leesha Thrower was recently appointed to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) by Hamilton County Commissioners.

Leia Snyder standing outside of the HCDDS building in fall with tree and bushes behind her, wearing a black blazer, white with small black polka dotted blouse, and a smile

Dec 23, 2021

Leia Snyder shares thoughts on her first year as Superintendent. "I’m immensely proud of our achievements this year. It’s clear why HCDDS has long been an innovator and a leader across the state in supporting people."


Dec 14, 2021

The second issue of My Life magazine has arrived! We have stories about living independently, technology tips, staying healthy and more.

Dec 7, 2021
Noble Barber and Beauty sets time aside each month so children with disabilities can get their haircut in a quiet, patient environment.
Left side top is white with blue and yellow HCDDS logo; Left side bottom is blue with white text reading "FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT"; Right side is photo of Leia Snyder
Dec 1, 2021
Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services is in the process of taking over the service coordination component of Early Intervention from Lighthouse Youth & Family Services.
Close up photo of a person sitting at a wooden table filling a needle with a vaccine
Nov 12, 2021
The Ohio Department of Health recommends a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for moderately and severely immunocompromised people.
A 2-year-old girl sitting on her mother's lap on a gray couch indoors, as they both smile
Oct 27, 2021
Our Early Intervention team worked with the Erskine family to help Julia improve her skills. Though challenging at first, virtual EI visits helped the team stay in touch and keep Julia’s development on track.
A collage of images featuring people with disabilities at their jobs. This has three pictures, one in an office setting, one in a grocery store, and one in medical scrubs.
Oct 22, 2021
We’re celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month by sharing local success stories. NDEAM educates about disability employment issues and celebrates varied contributions of workers with disabilities.
Woman outside in front of trees wearing hair back, white blouse and a statement necklace, smiling
Oct 11, 2021
Lisa Grady spent her 35-year career working with students with disabilities and their families. She left an impact on our agency and those we support. Congratulations on your recent retirement!
Oct 1, 2021
We're excited about the first issue of My Life magazine. Digital copy now available.
A young man holding two copies of his book. He is standing outside with trees in the background.
Sep 28, 2021
Daniel Nardi, who has autism, struggled with mental health issues for years. He hopes his new memoir helps others.
Sep 2, 2021
Across the country, labor shortages are affecting many industries, and disability service providers are feeling the impact.
Amber Cowart is the new Advocacy Coordinator. She is standing outside the HCDDS offices in a red, white and blue plaid shirt.. There are trees in the background
Aug 20, 2021
We're excited to announce Amber Cowart has been selected as the new HCDDS Advocacy Coordinator. 
Aug 3, 2021
We recognize the medical vulnerability of many people we serve and must be particularly cautious about our safety practices. Moving forward, we are updating our operating procedures based on current guidance.
Jul 27, 2021
We are excited to earn a three-year accreditation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). This would not be possible without the ongoing efforts of our staff. 
A young woman sits on a chair in a library. A videographer wearing a blue shirt pins the microphone to her shirt.
Jul 16, 2021
For Disability Pride Month, we partnered with the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library to talk about accessibility improvements to the Deer Park branch.
Alice Pavey and guests
Jun 25, 2021
This month we officially opened two new housing developments, a respite home in Spring Grove Village and an apartment building in Madisonville.
John Romer
Jun 22, 2021
Long-time advocacy director John Romer left a mark on many people during his career in the DD field. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.

Jun 15, 2021
This month we began the gradual process of returning to in-person services. We also want to ensure we maintain the flexible and creative service options we’ve established during the past year.
woman sits at desk using computer
Jun 10, 2021
The pandemic highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to ensure people with disabilities and their families have access to technology to connect to their community.
May 25, 2021
In recognition of the importance of our provider community and the challenges they faced during the pandemic, we recently issued sustainability grants to every active provider in Hamilton County that was in good standing.
May 18, 2021
Our 2020 Annual Report to the Community highlights the progress we’ve made toward our long-term goals. Despite the unprecedented disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are proud of our agency’s extensive accomplishments.
Apr 27, 2021
In-person services for important for many people our agency supports. We continue to follow guidance from health officials and are hopeful we can safely phase in more in-person activities soon.
An exterior photo of an apartment building. Called Bramble House, this building provides accessible living spaces for people with disabilities. The exterior wheelchair ramp is pictured.
Apr 23, 2021
HCDDS will host grand opening events in June for two new housing projects. Both projects, one in Madisonville and one in Spring Grove Village, address critical housing gaps in our community.
A young man with a disability sits next to a nurse who administered his COVID-19 vaccine. Both are smiling and wearing face coverings.
Apr 21, 2021
Since January, HCDDS has fully vaccinated more than 1,900 people for COVID-19. Last week, we operated our final first-dose clinic. We anticipate completing all second doses in the coming weeks.
Mar 30, 2021
The last year has been incredibly difficult for so many people in our community. Fortunately, we also found ways to come together and help each other as we navigated these challenging times.
Darren Stella, a published author who has autism, stands in his kitchen with his mom, Ching, dad, Mark, and sister, Jade.
Mar 26, 2021
Until age 15, it was difficult for Darren Stella to show his ability to write and think. Now, at age 21, he is a published author with a growing social media following.
A woman rests a laptop on her legs. She's wearing a white shirt and blue jeans. The Ohio DODD logo and the words Waiver WorkGroup are in the upper left corner
Mar 24, 2021
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is planning to simplify and improve the Level One and Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) waivers to advance self-direction and community integration.
A woman in a gray shirt and a woman in a maroon shirt are at a desk and discuss vaccine appointments. They both have masks covering their mouth and nose, have highlighters in their hands and there are papers on the desk in front of them.
Mar 19, 2021
March marks a full year since COVID-19 upended nearly every aspect of our lives, and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is finally providing a reason for optimism and a bright point in the future.
A mom, dad, and their young adult son with autism sit on a hayride outside.
Mar 9, 2021
As Max Champion prepared to move back to Cincinnati, his mom wondered how he’d transition from school to adult life. Future is Now helped the family prepare and make connections.
A woman wearing glasses and a green shirt gives a thumbs up with her left hand. She is receiving the COVID-19 vaccine shot in her right arm
Feb 17, 2021
During the past four weeks, we've collaborated with Hamilton County Public Health to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 1,550 people.
A graphic with the HCDDS logo, a picture of Leia Snyder, and the words From the Superintendent
Jan 29, 2021
Superintendent Leia Snyder shares our agency's plan for 2021, including how we are continuing to support people with disabilities and their families during the pandemic, as well as her long-term priorities for HCDDS.
A nurse in a gray fleece with the HCDDS logo on it, pulls a COVID-19 vaccine dose from the vial.
Jan 14, 2021
Hamilton County DD Services is working continuously with state officials and local health departments to support their vaccination efforts and to share information with our stakeholders about this process.
Neil Townsend Headshot
Jan 4, 2021
Neil Townsend begins this week as the agency’s Director of the Office of Budget and Administrative Operations.
Dec 29, 2020
On behalf of the entire HCDDS community – staff, advocates, people served, families, providers, and community partners – we thank Alice Pavey for her lifetime of service to people with disabilities. Congratulations on your well-earned retirement!
Dec 21, 2020
As I look back on my career, I feel honored that I was a part of the progression of services for people with disabilities. I look forward to seeing how the next generation will build on that progress to create more opportunities.
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.
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.
a group of people sit in folding chairs outside
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.