Council Member Spotlight: Renee Wood, DD Council Special Advisor – An Advocate in Action!
August 7, 2018: Each month, we like to introduce you to our members – both past and present – by sharing information about advocacy activities they are involved in. This month, we are highlighting recent accomplishments of Renee Wood. Wood is a former chairperson of the Ohio DD Council, and is currently a Special Advisor to the Ohio DD Council's Community Living Committee.
Wood, of Lucas County, was recently appointed to the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC). OSILC is committed to promoting a philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and systems advocacy, in order to maximize leadership, empowerment, independence, productivity and to support full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities.
Additionally, Wood was featured in Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ Pipeline Weekly as an example of using Amazon’s Echo to navigate her home. In a video, she shares about her experience with this device that helps to promote greater independence for her and others. Watch her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7VxEhwibtI&t=13s
Finally, reminding us that voting is an important form of advocacy, Wood wrote a guest blog for Disability Rights Ohio on National Disability Voter Registration Week, and reminding self-advocates, advocates, families and the general community why it is important to have your voice heard at the polls. Read her thoughts here: http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/blog/national-disability-voter-registration-week
You can also check out Wood’s own personal blog, “Renee’s Ramblings,” here: https://reneewood2.wordpress.com/
Current Grant Opportunities from the Ohio DD Council
Data and Policy Research Grant
The Ohio DD Council announced on July 23, 2018 a new Notice of Funds Available (NOFA). The Council is seeking applications for a research grant on disability policy related matters. The Council has developed 12 research topics that applicants can choose from when applying for the grant. Applications should focus on one topic and be written to that topic. The grant amount is $50,000.
Applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 5, 2018. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019 and run until December 31, 2019.
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Financial Literacy Grant
On August 15, 2018, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council released a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA). The Council is seeking applicants for its "Money Matters" grant for the 2019 calendar year, with the potential to be a three-year project. The grant amount is $85,000 of federal funds per year.
The purpose of the project is to improve the economic stability and advancement of people with disabilities by improving their financial literacy. Activities will target people with disabilities, their families, service providers, youth with disabilities, and un/underserved individuals.
Applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 5, 2018. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019 and run until December 31, 2019. The grant has the potential to be a three-year grant.
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Ohio DD Council Offers Free Publications!
July 23, 2018: Did you know the Ohio DD Council offers free publications that provide valuable, helpful information for Ohioans with disabilities? Council has published nearly 50 different publications covering many topics, including transportation, employment, housing, self-advocacy, and more.
Here are some of our most frequently requested publications:
Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Disability Related Acronyms
Employment First Initiative: Community Employment
Guardianship in Ohio
Guidelines for Working with Your Personal Care Assistant
Transition to Independence
Check out Council’s complete list of publications at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Publications. You can search for publications by title or topic. All publications are available to download and print. Many are also available in a printed booklet format. Instructions on how to request pre-printed copies is included with those publications that are available in that format.