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

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.

Ohio DD Council Transportation Project Answers Demand for Public Transit

Logo for the HAPCAP transportation programIn 2010, the Ohio DD Council awarded Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) Program a to create a program that provides accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed, regardless of time of day. Funding continues for the grant due to the continued success and positive outcomes of the project.

Over 3,000 people with disabilities are in the Appalachia region of Ohio, and the grant supported accessible and affordable transportation services.

With Athens On-Demand Transit (AODT), the grant was available to provide and demonstrate its success in order to create regional or statewide accessible and affordable transportation services.

For $2 per one-way trip, the service has helped people with disabilities, seniors and veterans use on-demand transportation to get to work, doctors’ appointments and more. All vehicles are accessible, and AODT has already driven 121,000 miles in Athens County.

This idea came from a growing demand for public transit. While budgets shrink, the Ohio Department of Transportation developed a strategy to bring the most efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers alike.

Travel trends show that there is a definite rise in the need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Ohio’s transit agencies are struggling to fund these existing services, let alone meet the increased demand.

Through the grant’s goals, the Council aims to be on track to develop regional or statewide accessible and affordable transportation service. Additionally, it projects that 800 more individuals with disabilities will have access to affordable and accessible transportation.

Currently, HAPCAP is working to launch a pilot project that will allow for a fixed route from Nelsonville and Albany, greatly increasing access to transportation in Athens County.

Overall, the program has continued to see an increase in ridership; and has developed a community advisory group for AODT. Additionally, AODT is working to provide para-transit eligible rides to Athens Public Transit.

The work and impact of one of the Ohio DD Council's transportation grants was recently captured in a video interview done by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

You can read more about the "Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime" grant here: http://ddc.ohio.gov/Grants/Current-Projects/access-afford-trans.

Council Member Spotlight: Renee Wood, DD Council Special Advisor – An Advocate in Action!Graphic image of a circle with the words Council Member Spotlight in the middle.

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 Grantblue circle with the words Apply for a Grant in the middle

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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Questions should be directed to Paul Jarvis at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov.

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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Questions should be directed to Leslie Paull at leslie.paull@dodd.ohio.gov

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