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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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Recruitment of membership is always open so feel free to apply at any time. See our New Member Application page for more information.
Your vote is your voice – Be heard!

Do you have questions about your rights as a voter with a disability? Are you looking for information on where the candidates stand on disability issues? Visit our Voters with Disabilities Resources section.

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Check out our Calendar of Events for conferences, webinars and meetings on disability topics held by other organizations.
News and Announcements

DD Council Special Advisor Robert Shuemak speaks out to the Cincinnati Enquirer
May 12, 2016

Robert Shuemak, special advisor to Ohio DD Council's Assistive Technology & Communication Committee, had a letter-to-the-editor featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. It's about his reaction to the recent incident where a popular rap singer was videotaped making insults toward a young man with autism at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Take a moment to read Robert's opinion: 50 Cent disappointing; boycott encouraging

DODD accepting feedback regarding waiver amendments
May 12, 2016

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) recently made amendments to the Individual Options (IO), Level One and SELF waiver applications to reflect the new Adult Day Waiver Services package (service definitions, provider qualifications, rate structure). DODD states that the changes will "maximize opportunities for integrated employment and integrated wrap-around services, in addition to several other waiver-specific changes." You can view the public notices on the Pipeline blog and applications with waiver amendments on DODD's website. Public comment must be submitted by June 8, 2016.

Your vote is your voice. Be heard!
April 26, 2016

RespectAbility4All reports that disability issues are beginning to be spotlighted on the Presidential campaign trail. According to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrhi of RespectAbility, "Fully one-out-of-five voters Americans (56 million) has a disability and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability so if any candidate wants to be elected president of the United States, they are going to need the votes of people with disabilities. Presidential candidates need to work for all of us. They need to represent all of us." She added that some of the candidates have been quick to complete RespectAbility's Campaign Questionnaire, while others have not. Learn more about the Respectability Report and other voter resources on our website in our Voters with Disabilities Resources section.


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