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Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio. Learn more about the Ohio DD Council.

Next Council Meeting

September 14-15, 2017

Doubletree Hotel - Newark
50 N. 2nd Street
Newark, Ohio 43055

Learn more about our meetings

Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)

NOFA posted July 24, 2017

Data and Policy Research Grant
Amount: $50,000
Applications due: October 6, 2017

Learn more about this opportunity

More News and Announcements

Read the latest "ReachOut e-Diversity News" newsletter
August 9, 2017

The latest edition of Council's outreach newsletter is now available. This issue's topic is "Meet the Change Challenge" and includes articles on:

  • Use of communication to create an open environment;
  • Re-examining personal values & aligning behaviors;
  • Recognizing & managing cultural intersections; and
  • Moving from technical to adaptive work.

Click here to read the August Reachout e-Diversity News


DD Council Chair Mark Seifarth interviewed on DD Council's transportation study report
August 9, 2017

Mark Seifarth, Chair for the Ohio DD Council, was interviewed by WOSU and the Columbus Dispatch about a study recently released by the DD Council, "Transportation Challenges for Ohioans with Disabilities." The study was completed by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine, Government Resource Center that included survey responses from more than 2,200 Ohioans in 63 counties across the state. Survey participants included people with disabilities, family members, transportation providers and advocacy organizations.


Take a survey about Ohio's Waiver Waiting List
August 4, 2017

Ohio’s Waiver Waiting List process is being improved. A stakeholder group, including the Ohio DD Council, invites you to take a moment to complete a survey so we can know what parts of the Waiver Waiting List are useful to you and others across Ohio. The new process will allow people and families to inform their local county boards of developmental disabilities on what their current needs for services are so they can match the right services to the right people who need them. Did you know there are local services that do not require waiver funding and can be provided without having to wait on a list? We appreciate your time to let us know what you think about this important topic. The information gathered through this survey will help the group communicate with everyone about the improvements to the Waiver Waiting List in the best way possible. Thank you for your help.

Take the survey: Waiver Waiting List Improvement Survey


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