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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.

News and Announcements

ReachOut e-Diversity News - February issue is now available

February 8, 2018

The February ReachOut e-Diversity News is now available. Articles include:

  • The Relationship Between Culture and Language
  • Getting on the Same Page: Defining Cultural and Linguistic Competence
  • 5 Benefits of Conducting a Cultural Linguistic Competence Self Assessment
  • New Initiative: Community of Practice

The purpose of Reach Out e-Diversity News is to promote interagency collaboration and coordination that result in agencies providing culturally competent services to the unserved/underserved populations in Ohio. The newsletter is produced by The Outcomes Management Group, Ltd. and is funded all or in part by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.

Read the newsletter here: ReachOut e-Diversity News - February 2018


New assistive technology online video series is hosted by former Council member

The Hamilton County Developmental Disability Services (HCDDS) recently announced the debut of a new three-part web-video series, "How I See It." The series is hosted by advocate Robert Shuemak, a former member of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and chair of the Assistive Technology & Communication Committee. Robert, who is an Advocate Support Advisor at HCDDS uses a talk-show style format that focuses on how accessible technology can help people with and without disabilities in their everyday lives. 

For the first episode, consultant and advocate Heather Sturgill discusses the smart home technology she uses to make her home more accessible. The second episode highlights Robert who welcomes Debra Jones, a systems analyst at Hamilton County DD Services, to discuss some of the software that Robert uses that can help someone with a visual impairment or other disability to better use their computer and iPhone. You can watch the videos from the HCDDS website at www.hamiltondds.org/news/204/40/New-web-series or on the HCDDS YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ynU3EzUOpXk7VhK71NL5A.


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Next Council Meeting

March 8-9, 2018

Council's Member Meeting
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 E. State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Click here for the 2018 Meeting Schedule

Fix The List

The Ohio DD Council is part of a coalition of individuals with disabilities and organizations who are working together to fix Ohio's waiver waiting list. 

Fix The List

Click here to learn more about the "Fix The List" coalition.