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Technology First Executive Order Signed by Governor

ITGov. 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."

John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, said Ohio is a national leader in technology.

"We have more folks using remote technology, we think, any other state in the United States," Martin said. "We have come a long way since being the first state to have it in our waiver, to where we are today.

"Thanks to Gov. Kasich for really supporting us on this technology adventure that we are on. We are here today because of the support of a lot of folks in our community. We have families who pushed for it, individuals with disabilities who have asked for it, county board folks who their (service and support administrators) have worked with staff and inventors [and] advocacy groups to help move this forward."

CCBDD is also expanding its efforts to bring technology to the individuals we serve in our county, and pre-ISP planning and assessments will now include a discussion of how technology can enhance safety, increase independence, and promote innovative support for our clients. This will include a Technology Summit with waiver providers and DODD staff to be held later this summer.