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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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Click here to register for one of DD Council's Bidders Conferences
Transportation Survey
Take a transportation survey for Ohioans with disabilities! We want to hear from you as a person living in Ohio with a disability, as a provider of transportation or other services to Ohioans with disabilities, or as an advocate for Ohioans with disabilities. Learn more about and take the survey.
Notice of Funds Available

DD Council has issued a NOFA for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day grant. All applications for this project are due at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2016 and run until September 30, 2021. Click on the following links for more information.

News and Announcements

Interested in starting a new club of the Next Chapter Book Club?
June 15, 2016

Attend a training on Friday, July 15th in Columbus to become an affiliated club. The Next Chapter Book Club offers community-based book clubs for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With more than 2,000 members attending 300 clubs in 31 states, four Canadian provinces and three European countries, Next Chapter Book Club is the largest community-based book club program of its kind in the world. Click here to download a registration form for the Next Chapter Book Club training.

Wanted: Ten (10) County Board of Developmental Disabilities who want to receive professional illustrations to help further employment goals
June 14, 2016

The Ohio DD Council has approved a pilot project to select ten county board of developmental disabilities (CBs) who apply to receive ten 18x24 framed prints for use in their offices and within their employment strategies in their communities. Council is partnering with IN-abled, LLC to provide these exciting and professional illustrations. Each of the ten CBs selected for this pilot program will receive up to ten IN-abled illustrations. These illustrations are not meant to replace existing designs or strategies, but are meant to be used as an overarching unified compliment to existing designs and strategies within each of the counties. It is the goal of this project to increase engagement and discussion regarding the representation of all people with disabilities within the workforce.

For more information, including examples of the prints and the application, download Ten Counties, Ten Illustrations, ONE great goal.

Please take a Transportation Survey!
June 13, 2016

Take a transportation survey for Ohioans with disabilities! It is sponsored by the Ohio DD Council, in partnership with Services for Independent Living and Disability Rights Ohio. The Ohio Colleges of Medicine's Government Resource Center is helping DD Council and their partners with the survey. We want to hear from you as a person living in Ohio with a disability, as a provider of transportation or other services to Ohioans with disabilities, or as an advocate for Ohioans with disabilities. The answers to this survey are confidential, and your direct answers to each question will not be shared. If you have any questions about this survey before or after you complete it, please contact Colin Odden at colin.odden@osumc.edu.

Click here to take the survey

Notice of Funds Available
June 7, 2016

DD Council has issued a NOFA for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day grant. All applications for this project are due at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2016 and run until September 30, 2021. Click on the following links for more information.

Interested in applying for a DD Council grant? Attend a Bidder's Conference to learn more!
June 7, 2016

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council will hold two Bidder's Conferences in August: one in Columbus and one in Byesville (Guernsey County). The Bidder's Conference allows people and organizations who would like to apply for a DD Council grant to talk with Council staff and Council members about the intent and purpose of each grant. Expectations for each grant will be explained. Click here for more information and to register for the Bidder's Conference.


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