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Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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.

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Watch what happend on DD Awareness and Advoacacy Day!
Ohio's DD Advocacy and Awareness Day was held on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Ohio Statehouse. Watch a video of this successful event from the Ohio Channel.
New Grantee Orientation
New grantees should go through our Grantee Orientation, available through an on-demand video series. Go to the Grantee Orientation page for more information.
Apply to become a Council Member
The Ohio DD Council welcomes applications for new membership. Recruitment of membership is always open. Learn more about how to apply to become a member.
News and Announcements

Advocates in the news for DD Advocacy Awareness Day
March 22, 2017

DD Awareness and Advocacy Day was held at the Ohio Statehouse on March 8, 2017. Hundreds of advocates gathered to listen to speakers, watch presentations, and enjoy a musical performance. Most importantly, after the gathering was over, many advocates visited legislators to talk about issues that are important to them. Read news coverage about some of the groups of advocates who attended and how they participated on that day, as well as doing other activities for DD Awareness Month.

Council member Jeffrey Turner highlighted in the news!
March 13, 2017

Check out an article in the Galion Inquirer about Jeffrey Turner, Secretary of the Ohio DD Council. Jeffrey is also chairperson of our Leadership Development committee, and also serves on several other committees. Read more: Jeffrey Turner named Secretary of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Council Staff member's article about DD Awareness Month published on 3rd Rail Politics
March 13, 2017

Read an article written by DD Council's Paul Jarvis, Public Policy Staff, for "3rd Rail Politics" about Developmental Disability Awareness Month. His article provides information and insight into the history of DD Awareness Month, and the importance for people with and without disabilities to live side by side in our communities. Read the article: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is Here

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 1, 2017

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ohio DD Council is partnering with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities to help spread awareness about people with disabilities living side by side with those who do not have a disability. The theme this year is "Life Side by Side."

Each week during March, we will be featuring resources on our DD Awareness Month web page and on he Ohio DD Council Facebook page about the following "Side by Side" topic areas:

  • Week 1: Learning Side by Side (March 3 - 10)
  • Week 2: Working Side by Side (March 13 - 17)
  • Week 3: Communities Side by Side (March 20 - 24)
  • Week 4: Life Side by Side (March 26 - 31)

Become involved! Throughout the month, we encourage you to share your stories on your own Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media. Be sure to include the hashtag ‪#DDAwareness17‬ with your post to help spread awareness among your own network of family and friends. You can find more information and resources that you are welcome to use at http://nacdd.org/ddam/.

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