Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities Professionals


The Mission of the OADDP is to advance the growth of the education and habilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities and to provide a collective voice for the professional, paraprofessional and support staff working with persons with developmental disabilities.  OADDP Strategic Goals promote high standards for staff, provider organizations, and services provided while assuring the viability of County Boards of DD as a service option.  The OADDP has received an OEA Organizing Grant  that will allow OADDP to reach out to OEA Special Educators and Support Staff in K-12 Locals who serve students with special needs.

As a department of the Ohio Education Association, OADDP provides the following services to members:

  • A quarterly newsletter – The OADDP Newsline.
  • Monitoring of legislation that affects OADDP members.
  • Leadership training at an Annual Conference.
  • A Public Relations Grant program for locals
  • Delegate Luncheon at the OEA Representative Assemblies
  • Executive committee meetings six times per year
  • Facebook group for OADDP members – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OADDP/


Portage Co SSAs Need Your Help

Portage County EADD Unit B Needs Your Help!

*Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs*

  • PCEADD Unit B, the OEA local union comprised of 19 Service and Support Administrators for Portage County’s Board of the Developmentally Disabled, has been on strike since October 4.
  • Despite many challenges and the Board’s refusal so far to consider moving off of their September 11 “last, best, and final” offer, Portage SSAs have stayed strong and unified and have refused to cave.
  • Portage SSAs need a large show of unity and support as their bargaining team, mediator, and the Board’s bargaining team reconvene for the first time in over two months. Details are as follow:

When: 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 22

Where: In front of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Independence office – 6161 Oak Tree Boulevard in Independence, OH

Why: To provide a visual demonstration of union and community support for striking sisters and brothers and their bargaining team / To pressure the Board to stay until they have reached a fair resolution with Portage SSAs

Dress warm, bring help, and be prepared to help Portage SSAs get the settlement they deserve!

Flyer — Nov. 22 Call to Action on Behalf of Striking Portage County SSAs

Who We Are: We are a 20 member unit of Service and Support Administrators (SSA’s) for the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. We provide coordination and authorization of services that ensure the health and welfare of citizens with developmental disabilities in the county. We serve nearly 700 citizens, and many of their families, county-wide.

Why We’re Taking a Stand: The SSA’s have not had a cost of living increase in pay for 10 years. We have attempted to work with the DD Board for over a year to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract to no avail. Instead, the Board demands that we accept another 3 years with no increases, despite steeply rising employee health care costs and increasing workloads. The Board is currently operating with over a $20 million budget surplus, and the Board has told us, “We have plenty of money, just not for you.”

Where You Can Find Us: Visit and Like “Support Our Portage SSAs” on Facebook. Visit Portage County Educators Association for the Developmentally Disabled – Unit B’s homepage at http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/.

Where We’re Taking a Stand: We are picketing the Administrative Center of the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 2606 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, and Happy Day School, 2500 Brady Lake Rd. in Ravenna, every day Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is available across Brady Lake Road from the two picket sites, directly in between the Happy Day School and the Administrative Center. You’ll see two large tanks, one that is green, as you pull onto the property.

What Else You Can Do to Help: Send donations and letters of support to:

PCEADD – Unit B Strike Headquarters
P.O. Box 7
Kent, OH 44240

Please make checks payable to “PCEADD”

Contact the Portage Co Board of DD and demand that they bargain in Good Faith so we can get the Fair Contract we deserve.

Download the Portage SSA Flyers with Board emails and phone numbers.

Follow on Facebook  – search for “Support our Portage SSAs”

View the video: http://pceadd-b.ohea.us/

Together We Can Do It!  Union Strong!


OADDP Conference Scholarship Application 2018

Are you a DD employee? Are you a K-12 educator from NEOEA working with special education students? Then you are eligible to apply for our …

OADDP State Conference Scholarship
offered by the
North Eastern Ohio Education Association

This year’s State Conference of the Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities Professionals will take place at the Mohican State Park Lodge on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, 2018. NEOEA will make available five scholarships for NEOEA members to attend the conference.

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must apply to NEOEA by Friday, February 2, 2018. Download the OADDP Scholarship Application 2018. Recipients will be asked to share a written report on their conference experiences.

Winners are responsible for making their own registration and travel arrangements. Look for more information about the OADDP State Conference as plans are finalized.

OADDP Friend of DD Award

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.

Download form, go to our Members Only Page.


NEOEA Special Education Work Group

NEOEA formed a Special Education Work Group to consider ways to address the concerns of special educators. Currently, there is no OEA affiliate or associate organization for special education other than OADDP.  Many are experiencing challenges with providing adequate and appropriate supports to meet the needs of students and staff.  Teaching and non-teaching special educators are invited to join us in exploring steps to address this need.

The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the conclusion of the NEOEA Summer Leadership Conference at The Bertram Inn, 600 North Aurora Road, Aurora, OH 44202. The meeting will be from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Paws Restaurant area.  The first meeting was held Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the NEOEA Conference Center, 5422 East 96th Street, Suite 200, in Garfield Heights.  Go to the NEOEA Special Education Work Group page for more information.

2017 OADDP Annual Conference

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OADDP 2017 Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting

Download the handout from our keynote speaker:
Transitioning into the Workplace”  by Amy Szymanski, Ohio Dept. of Education

Friday – Saturday, March 3-4, 2017

Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center
4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.

For more information visit our OADDP 2017 Annual Conference page (NEW AGENDA).

All OADDP members and potential members are invited.

For complete 2016-2017 meeting schedule see our Meeting Schedule page.

Special Education and DD Services Survey

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.

Good Samaritan Education Association

OADDP welcomes our newest Board of DD local, the Good Samaritan Education Association at the Defiance Board of DD. On March 22, votes were tallied in a SERB representation election for an unrepresented wall-to-wall unit of teachers and staff at Good Samaritan School, in Defiance. Despite a contentious anti-union campaign conducted by management, the OEA’s new bargaining unit members remained united and voted by a combined 26-3 margin for OEA representation. Work now begins on a new contract for the 35 members of the bargaining unit.

OADDP 2016-18 Officers Elected at Annual Conference

The election of officers for OADDP was held at the Annual Meeting during the Annual Conference on March 5rd at Mohican State Park Lodge.

Congratulations to Chairperson, Christina West; Vice-Chair, Nikki Nadasky; Treasurer, Sandy Smith Fischer; and Secretary, Kathy Abrahamson who were elected by acclimation.  Sincere thanks were given to past Vice Chair, Amanda Shaheen; and past Treasurer, Steve Spall.

The OADDP members also amended the OADDP C&B to include a provision for At-Large Representative from the Local Public Schools to sit on the OADDP Executive Committee.  The duties of each office are detailed in the new OADDP Constitution & Bylaws.

OEA President, Becky Higgins was endorsed for re-election too her second term.

Retiring NEOEA Executive Director, Bill Lavezzi was endorsed in his run for the District #11 seat on the Ohio State Board of Education.  SBE-11 covers Ohio Senate Districts 21, 23, and 25 in much of Cuyahoga and Lake Counties.