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.

The Ohio DD Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointment by the Governor of Ohio. The DD Council meets throughout the year to discuss disability-related issues and to identify grant projects that can improve supports and services for Ohioans with disabilities.

Next Council Meeting - December 6-7, 2018

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square
75 E. State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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News and Announcements

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Poster advertising October as National Disability Employment Awareness MonthOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the Ohio DD Council encourages you to participate! The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Held annually, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM. The 2018 NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.

Have you checked out our newsletters lately?

Did you know that the Ohio DD Council publishes several newsletters? We invite you to subscribe to them to stay up-to-date on activities of the Ohio DD Council, including outreach efforts of the Council to the un- and underserved, as well as informational updates on disability-related news and proposed policy changes. Stay informed! Click here to read and subscribe to our newsletters.

Council's Continuation Grant Reviews Set for November

The Executive Committee of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council will meet on Thursday, November 1, 2018  beginning at 10:00 a.m. to review all continuation grant applications for 2019. Click here to review the meeting agenda.

Resources for Finding Assistive Tech Lending Libraries in Ohio

Map of Ohio with color coded counties organized by six different regions.Through a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), the Ohio DD Council has published a list of lending libraries across the State of Ohio. These libraries provide access to assistive technology, medical equipment and adaptive toys to support people with developmental disabilities.

The list of Ohio Lending Libraries is available online as an interactive online Google map and other downloadable formats. People can use the map to search lending library programs statewide or in specific regions, based on their needs.

OCALI assessed and compiled this information through an Ohio DD Council grant that concluded earlier this year called "Identification of Assistive Technology Loan Programs in Ohio." The goal of the grant was to develop a comprehensive list of assistive technology lending programs/libraries throughout Ohio and the services each provides so people with developmental disabilities can more easily explore assistive technology options.

Choose from the following to search for Assistive Technology Lending Libraries in Ohio.

Guide to Assistive Technology Lending Libraries in Ohio (2-page PDF document)

Assistive Technology Loan Programs in Ohio - Statewide and Regional (40-page PDF document)

Statewide and Regional Lending Libraries in Ohio (Excel spreadsheet) 

Online Interactive Map of Lending Library Locations (Google Map)

For more information about this project, including updates and how to suggest additions to the list, go to: Guide to Assistive Technology Programs in Ohio.

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