Capitol Correspondence - 05.29.18

Governor Kasich Expands Technology Access to People with Disabilities

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According to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities:

“Gov. 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.


Under the executive order, Ohio will work with county boards of developmental disabilities to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with disabilities. People and their families can explore how supportive technology can enable them to be more productive and included in their community.

Many new technologies that support people to be more independent include devices that engage in two-way communication or provide step-by step assistance. For example, some devices may help a person maintain a routine or schedule, provide instructions on how and when to prepare a meal, or help them access public transportation. Devices are often items like apps, cellphones, smart tablets, and smart speakers.”