Jan 20, 2022
Dr. Leesha Thrower was recently appointed to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) by Hamilton County Commissioners.
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.
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.
Nov 12, 2021
The Ohio Department of Health recommends a third dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for moderately and severely immunocompromised people.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aug 17, 2020
HCDDS Superintendent Alice Pavey received the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award for lifetime achievement in advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.