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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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Next DD Council Meeting
May 4-5, 2017
Doubletree Hotel – Newark
50 N. 2nd Street
Newark, OH 43055 
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

April edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News now available
April 12, 2017

"ReachOut e-Diversity News" is a bi-monthly newsletter funded by the Ohio DD Council. The purpose of this newsletter is to bring awareness about and to reach out to the un-served and under-served populations in Ohio. April's newsletter includes articles about advocacy, quality leadership, National Minority Health Month and a report on Ohio DD Council's outreach outcomes in the April issue of ReachOut. Download the newsletter at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/reach-4-17.pdf.

Services for Independent Living Announces First SIL Leadership Academy
April 6, 2017

Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL) is very excited to announce the first SIL Leadership Academy, an eight-week course for individuals with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. The Leadership Academy is designed to help participants with disabilities gain the skills needed to actively participate on boards, committees, or community coalitions in a meaningful way. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of persons with disabilities prepared to engage in community leadership roles. This activity is funded by a grant from the Ohio DD Council through our Leadership Development Committee.

There will be eight (8) three-hour sessions held on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at a location to be determined; the sessions will begin on May 24 and end on July 19, 2017. The sessions will include lectures, hands-on activities and role playing. The training sessions will be followed by hands-on “internship” experiences in the community.

Applications are due by May 3, 2017.  Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to apply early.  If you would like an application and/or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Gold at lgold@sil-oh.org or at 216-731-1529. Click here for more information about the SIL Leadership Academy.

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