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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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Hot off the press: New housing publication!

How can we solve Ohio's housing crisis for people with developmental disabilities? By getting, or rather by demanding a seat at the table! Read our new booklet on how one of DD Council's grantees created a program to assist county boards of developmental disabilities secure funds for housing for people with developmental disabilities. Click on the image below to download the publication.

Housing Crisis Booklet cover
Notice of Funds Available!
We are accepting applications for a $50,000 grant, "Assessing Assistive Technology Service Delivery in the Ohio County Board of Developmental Disabilities System." This is a research project that will report information to DD Council on how to offer technical assistance to county boards of DD about providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities who can benefit from assistive technology. Council is also accepting applications for its Executive Committee Discretionary Fund. More information and details, including how to apply, go to the DD Suite website found at https://www.ddsuite.org/.
Do you want to be a DD Council member?
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council welcomes applications for new membership. Recruitment of membership is always open so feel free to apply at any time. To learn more, including what you need to do to apply, go to our New Member Application page.
News and Announcements
Picture of Robert Shuemak receiving award

One of Council's special advisors - Robert Shuemak - receives award
November 21, 2016

Congratulations to Robert Shuemak who recently won a bronze award at the Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards. It was a well-deserved honor for his insightful editorial on the controversy surrounding 50 Cent's negative treatment of a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport employee with autism. You can read the article at http://cin.ci/2fmkaR8.

Robert is a Special Advisor to the Ohio DD Council's Assistive Technology & Communication Committee. He formerly served on Council as Vice Chair and as Chair of the AT & Communication Committee.

DD Council to Meet in December
November 18, 2016

The Ohio DD Council will hold its next meeting on December 8-9, 2016 at the Cherry Valley Lodge at 2299 Cherry Valley Road in Newark, OH 43055. Click here to view the meeting agendas.

Next Chapter Book Club offers online training option
November 18, 2016

On January 1, 2017, Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is launching an online training option for providers of developmental disability services and other organizations that want to join the NCBC Affiliate network. The cost of the 4-hour training program is $350 and includes a follow-up telephone consultation with NCBC staff. A $50 discount will be applied to anyone who pre-orders the training by December 31st (using the promo code: NCBC50). Next Chapter Book Club, which was awarded the “Innovations in Reading Prize” by the National Book Foundation, is a low-cost/high impact community-based book club program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This short video from a Next Chapter Book Club in Tennessee shows how much fun the members have. And here’s a copy of the October Newsletter, which includes more information about Next Chapter Book Club’s new online training option.

How was your voting experience?
November 10, 2016

Now that the election is over, SABE needs your help to learn more about your voting experience for the 2016 Election. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed to make sure everyone in this country could cast a private and independent vote. Now, SABE wants to make sure the law is working. You can help by completing their survey. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016VoterExperienceSurvey to take the survey.

Notice of Funds Available!
October 20, 2016

The Ohio DD Council is accepting applications for a $50,000 grant, "Assessing Assistive Technology Service Delivery in the Ohio County Board of Developmental Disabilities System." This is a research project that will report information to DD Council on how to offer technical assistance to county boards of DD about providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities who can benefit from assistive technology. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2017.  More information and details, including how to apply, go to the DD Suite website found at https://www.ddsuite.org/.

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