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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.

Learn more about the Ohio DD Council

Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention link to video listing
DD Council will meet in May
The next Ohio DD Council meeting is scheduled for May 5 - 6, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark. Agendas are available in the Meeting Agendas section.
Apply to become a member of the Ohio DD Council
Recruitment of membership is always open so feel free to apply at any time. See our New Member Application page for more information.
Be an informed advocate - Find an event to attend
Check out our Calendar of Events for conferences, webinars and meetings on disability topics held by other organizations.
News and Announcements

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.

Find out about the ADA as it applies to accessible technology
April 25, 2016

The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website. The section provides one place to find the Department’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.

The purpose of this new section is assist covered entities of the ADA and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as websites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology. Go to the Department of Justice - Accessible Technology website

DD Council Grantee Creates a Video Series about the Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention
April 15, 2016

The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, a grantee of the Ohio DD Council, has produced in partnership with families and practitioners in Ohio, a video series about the use of technology with evidence based early intervention. These eight videos illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. Learn more about the project and view the videos.

Update from OHT on Ohio's disability determination process redesign
April 11, 2016

The Office of Health Transformation (OHT) has provided an update on the status of simplifying disability determination in Ohio. "Beginning July 1, 2016, Ohio will accept the federal Social Security decision for SSI as a decision to also enroll that individual in Medicaid. Nearly two-thirds of Ohioans with a disability who qualify for Medicaid will come onto the program through the new, simplified, single disability determination process." Read more: Ohio's Disability Determination Redesign

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