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Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

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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

December 7-8, 2017

Member Retreat Meeting
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
75 E. State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Read the Meeting Agenda

Calendar of Events

What's happening around Ohio?

Our Events Calendar lists conferences, seminars, meetings, webinars, and more on topics of interest to people with disabilities to be better informed advocates. 

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More News and Announcements

Take a survey on technology and remote services
November 13, 2017

You are invited to complete a survey, as a part of a research study conducted by The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The survey is for family members of people with developmental disabilities and is about remote supports (also known as remote monitoring). Your answers are helpful, even if you have not used or heard of remote supports.

Remote supports use electronic equipment to support and assist people with developmental disabilities in their home. This service is provided from an off-site location, typically using home and community based waivers to fund the cost and maintenance of equipment and staff.

Your feedback will provide the Nisonger Center and DODD with valuable suggestions for the improvement and expansion of remote services.

Click here to take the survey

If you have any questions about this survey or the research study it's a part of, please contact either Jordan Wagner at Nisonger Center at 614-688-3155 or Jordan.Wagner@osumc.edu or Kyle Corbin at DODD at 614-285-3839 or Kyle.Corbin@dodd.ohio.gov.


Join the Best Buddies Ambassador Team!
October 30, 2017

Best Buddies – an international nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – is seeking adults with IDD for a self-empowerment training.

This two-day training will prepare individuals with IDD across Ohio with the tools needed to advocate for themselves and for all people throughout Ohio with IDD. The training will include speech writing, public speaking and more.

If interested in being a part of this two-day training, please contact Emily Reed at EmilyReed@bestbuddies.org for the Columbus and Dayton trainings and Ryan Wirth at RyanWirth@bestbuddies.org for the Cleveland training. For more information about Best Buddies Ohio, please visit www.bestbuddies.org/ohio.

This event is supported by funding from the Ohio DD Council through its Empowering Self Advocates grant.

Click here for more information about the Best Buddies training event


Read the October edition of DD Council's newsletter
October 26, 2017

What's going on with the Ohio DD Council? Find out by reading the October edition of our newsletter, DD Council Connection. This month's articles include information about October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month; a video spotlighting one of Council's active members, Linda Kunick; highlights of one of our transportation grants; and a summary of the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology held by the Ohio DD Council and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Read our newsletter: DD Council Connection - October 2017


Check out our Events Calendar
October 26, 2017

Did you know that the Ohio DD Council maintains an Events Calendar that features conferences, trainings, webinars, and community events held throughout Ohio? We do this so that people with disabilities, their families, and others can keep up with the latest topics, issues, and activities related to advocacy and daily living for people with disabilities. Be sure to check our Events Calendar regularly to see if there is something of interest to you. And if you have an event that you would like us to include on our Calendar, please contact Kim Crishbaum at kimberly.crishbaum@dodd.ohio.gov.

Check it out: DD Council's Events Calendar


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