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Performing Arts Enrichment Event – Guest Artist Ryan Van Scoyk

The Pioneer Center is pleased to announce our first Performing Arts Enrichment Event, featuring saxophonist and educator Ryan Van Scoyk. The goal of the Performing Arts Enrichment program is to provide a broadening musical and cultural experience for our students. We strive to create opportunities for our individuals to learn about and listen to instruments that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to see live.

The event, orchestrated by Pioneer Center Music Therapist Cami Dubler, will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Pioneer Center (11268 Co. Rd. 550, Chillicothe, OH).

Ryan will start the day by conducting an educational presentation/demonstration of Woodwind Instruments (Saxophones, clarinet, and flute) for students of the Pioneer Center. Later that day, at 1:00 p.m., Ryan will be performing a concert in the gymnasium. The concert is open to all individuals served by the Pioneer Center as well as their families.

If you are interested in attending the performance, please RSVP by September 26 by contacting Patrick McFadden at pmcfadden@rossdd.org or by calling 740-773-8044.

More about our Guest Artist:

Saxophonist Ryan Van Scoyk hails from Aurora, Colorado, and is currently based in Chillicothe, Ohio.  Graduating from Colorado State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Education, he also holds a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Equally comfortable in classical, jazz, popular, and sacred settings, Ryan has shared the stage with Fareed Haque, Matt Wilson, Greg Gisbert, The Lettermen, and many others.  In addition to his performing career, Ryan also works as a woodwind instructor and recording engineer.  For more information on Ryan please visit his website at www.RyanVanScoyk.com.


UHS Girls’ Soccer Team Visit Pioneer

Soccer balls and Smiles were in abundance on Wednesday at the Pioneer Center as soon as the Unioto High School girls’ soccer team stepped foot on the schoolyard.

The trip marked the sixth visit the team has made to play alongside Pioneer students. The players assisted our students in various drills, including kicking and ball handling exercises. Unioto’s head coach, Mark Williamson was there to oversee his team and help coordinate activities.

“The girls look forward to this every year. It’s nice to see the students active and to provide another opportunity for them to get outside,” said Mark.

It was plain to see the excursion was mutually beneficial. Fifteen year old Mia Crawford, Center/Midfielder for the lady tanks, noted that it was “a fun experience. I enjoy teaching the kids a sport that I love.”

On the flip side, Pioneer Tiger Trek Strickland took the opportunity to teach the lady tanks some of his dance moves.

After everyone gathered for a group picture at the end of the day, Chris Miner, defacto spokesperson for the Pioneer student body, echoed the appreciation of the staff and students in his signature draw, “Thank you girls for coming and teaching us soccer!”


Click here to check out all the pictures from the event. 


Helping Families Make Informed Choices


To help individuals and their families make well-informed choices about who provides services for their family member, the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) now is posting provider compliance reports on the Department’s website. This new feature was part of DODD’s request in the state’s Mid-Biennium Review bill (HB 483) to make information about providers readily available.


“Determining who should provide care for your family member is an important decision, and there are many considerations,” said Kate Haller, deputy director of the DODD Division of Legal and Oversight, responsible for provider compliance. “Having the reports readily available will help families have more information when they’re making those decisions.”


Compliance reviews may be completed on a one-, two-, or three-year cycle, said Kelly Mosely-Miller, assistant deputy director of the Office of Provider Standards and Review (OPSR). OPSR manages the compliance review process and conducts compliance reviews. The reviews are designed to ensure providers comply with all federal and state regulations, including Medicaid requirements. They also are an opportunity to work with providers to help them improve.


“A lot goes in to serving individuals in a complex system, and it’s not uncommon for a provider to have citations during a compliance review,” said Miller. “Our team is here to help providers identify any issues and develop a plan to correct them. This process improves the experience for the individuals we serve, and helps providers strengthen their businesses.”


The reports are posted in the Provider Search feature on DODD’s website. Provider Search includes a complete overview of a provider, including what services a provider is licensed to offer, the compliance review report, the expiration date of their current license, and contact information.


Reports for 2013 and 2014 currently are online, and new reports will be posted as they are completed. Reports for 2012 and earlier are available by request, but will not be posted online.


County Boards and providers are encouraged to let families know about this new tool. Information will be posted on the home page of DODD’s website, and tips on accessing the reports will be posted on the Provider Search page.



Get Your DD Employment Month Gear!

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month. The 2014 Ohio Public Images theme, Ability@Work, lends itself well for public awareness efforts during this month. And the variety of posters, featuring not only working individuals but also children and seniors, applies the theme across the spectrum of people being served.

T-shirts, stickers, posters and other items are available through www.publicimagesnetwork.org   Take the link to StoreFront. All items are in house, ready to ship, at a discounted price. And, there are free items at the website that can be adapted for October, including sample proclamations, public service announcements, and artwork.


Notice to Parents/Guardians Regarding Release of Information

The following message from the U.S. District Court may apply to you if you are the student or parent/guardian of a student enrolled in an Ohio public school since 2013. Please read the following document for examples of the demographic data in question, as well as what you must do if you object to the disclosure of said information.  If you do not object to the disclosure of the information described in this document, you do not have to do anything.

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