The Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities Professionals seeks nominees for the OADDP Friend of DD Award
The OADDP is seeking to recognize its second Friend of DD. OADDP’s members are encouraged to nominate individuals and/or organizations who would be worthy recipients of this honor. If a Friend of DD is selected, the nominee will be honored at the 2018 OADDP Annual Membership Conference in March.
The OADDP Friend of DD Award recognizes a person and/or organization whose leadership, actions, and support have contributed to the improvement of public education and habilitation of people with developmental disabilities; and/or have helped to provide a collective voice for the staff who work with them.
OADDP’s Friend of DD Award may be bestowed upon any person or organization whose leadership, actions, and support are consistent with the stated purpose.
Any member of OADDP may nominate an individual or organization for the Friend of DD Award.
The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, January 15, 2018. Nominations must be signed by an OADDP active member in good standing.
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OADDP is beginning an outreach to OEA members working in Special Education.
To begin this outreach, OADDP has developed a Special Education and DD Services Survey. (Click to fill out the survey online or download a copy for distribution in your local.) Copies will be available at the OADDP table at the OEA Spring 2016 RA. The survey is for both Special Education Staff at Local School Districts and County Board of DD staff.
OADDP has traditionally focused on the needs of staff members working at the County Boards of DD. However, approximately one-fifth of our OADDP membership works at Local School Districts and in some way are involved in Special Education. Meanwhile, a vast majority of OEA members working in Special Education are unaware of OADDP or the opportunity to be involved in an organization focused on Special Education.
Several factors have lead OADDP to recognize that our organization must reach out to these members. First, there is no other OEA Associated Organization focused on Special Education. Second, students with developmental disabilities that were previously served by County Boards of DD are now at their local school. Third, OEA members working in Special Education have unique contract and professional issues distinct from those of many K-12 staff.
OADDP Leadership is available to meet with OEA members to explain our mission. We would appreciate any help you can provide to help local leaders and members become aware of our organization and our Survey.