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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.

Next Council Meeting

November 2, 2017

Competitive Grant Review Meeting
Ohio DD Council, 899 E. Broad St.
3rd Floor Conference Room
Columbus OH 43205

Grant Review Schedule

Assistive Tech Town Hall Meeting

October 20, 2017 from 1 to 4:30 PM

Tell us about your technology needs at
a Family Town Hall on technology!
Location: Delaware County Board of DD
and broadcast on Facebook Live

Click here for more information

More News and Announcements

Join October’s Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology
October 4, 2017

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to host the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology this month to offer a forum for people with developmental disabilities and their families to discuss their personal experiences using technology to promote independence, while connecting people with information about assistive technology and remote support services.

The town hall is Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4:30 PM at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 43035.

During the open forum section of the event, attendees will be encouraged to share

  • how technology has improved their lives or the lives of family members
  • what types of changes might be beneficial in technology services
  • any issues with access

Speakers will be helping DODD and DD Council make informed decisions about the direction of technology services.

DODD Director John Martin will discuss the department’s efforts to expand technology across the state. Participants will hear updates on the latest in assistive technology and remote support services, also known as remote monitoring.

The town hall will be streamed on Facebook Live, where viewers can also participate remotely by commenting about their experiences with technology.

Prepared testimony is NOT required to speak at the event. If you cannot attend but want to share a story about how technology has supported or could support yourself or a family member with a developmental disability, please email Jordan Wagner, Ohio Technology Project coordinator at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, at jordan.wagner@osumc.edu.

Please register for the event at http://www.planetreg.com/E10285313134996. Registration is encouraged but not required.


Help us identify Assistive Technology (AT) programs for AT equipment, toys or medical equipment
September 22, 2017

Do you run an Assistive Technology (AT) loan program in Ohio? The program may be open to anyone or select members of your organization and include AT equipment, adaptive toys or medical equipment. If so, your assistance is requested to participate in a short electronic survey to identify these programs. And if you know of an AT loan program, please share this information with them. This work is funded through a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Council to the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Click here to take the survey


DD Council and OPRA issue press release bringing attention to Direct Support Professionals Week and the employment need for Ohioans with disabilities
September 13, 2017

With over 20% of the direct care positions in the State unfilled, the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council) are calling attention to this need for fulfillment as they recognize Sept. 10-16 as Direct Support Professionals Week in Ohio. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) assist and ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary supports that enable them to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible in the community of their choice.

Read the press release: Direct Support Professionals Week brings attention to employment need for Ohioans with disabilities


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