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It is the mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

 

Ohio DD Council Seeks Applicants for

$1.3 Million in New Grant Opportunities

 

 

( Columbus ) - The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce it has released its 2012-2016 Notice of Funds Available (NOFA). The Council has worked for approximately two years developing a Five-Year State Plan on Developmental Disabilities to create grants that improve advocacy, capacity building, and systems change activities in Ohio .

Applicants interested in applying for a DD Council grant can learn how to apply and ask questions about projects contained in the NOFA at one of two Bidder’s Conferences being hosted in Columbus and Cambridge in August. Details about each Bidder’s Conference, including registration, can be found on the Council’s website at www.ddc.ohio.gov/whatsnew.htm. Attendants will also receive a “Proposal Kit” that includes State Plan Language, Grantee Guidelines, and Application Instructions, along with other important materials.

The projects listed in this NOFA identify the total federal investment over the five-year plan as well as the first-year award amount. All applications for Council grants will be available on the Council’s online grant submission program: DD Suite 4.0 (www.ddsuite.org). The deadline for applications will be Friday, October 7, 2011.  

 

Reproduction and distribution of this Notice of Funds Available is permitted and encouraged.

NOFA

Ohio Statewide System of Services for Early Intervention

 

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Children’s Issues

Federal Investment: $830,000                                       Required Match: $276,666

2012 Award: $166,000                                                2012 Match: $55,333

IDEA Part C federal statute requires a statewide system of evidence-based early intervention services to be available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To this end, Council will fund a project demonstrating system change in a minimum of three (3) or more areas of Ohio where children and families have little to no access to Early Intervention services due to political subdivisions and lack of resources. Services will be accessible through a core team of professionals, defined at a minimum to include a service coordinator, family support professional, early intervention specialist, occupational therapist and physical therapist. Accessibility should be demonstrated through the utilization of various technologies such as Telehealth for virtual-based early intervention services and conferencing for core team meetings.

Staff: Kay Treanor, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5548; kay.treanor@dodd.ohio.gov 

Promoting Direct Support Professionals

Project Term:               2012-2016                               Committee: Community Living

Federal Investment:       $100,000                                 Required Match:           $ 33,333

2012 Award:                $ 20,000                                  2012 Match:                 $ 6,666

 

In 2007, Council funded the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals to engage in sustainability planning, so the PATHS credentialing program for direct support professionals will be sustained statewide through consumer and employer demand. While that task is on-going, Council would like to direct its limited resources in supporting Direct Support Professionals which includes but is not limited to:

.          Classroom and Online Trainings

.          Professional Development Conferences

.          Networking Opportunities

.          Webinars

  The goal of this project is to demonstrate that Direct Support Professionals will be supported in receiving training and supports through utilizing state of the art curriculum, on-line training and finding ways to network

Staff: Fatica Ayers, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5543; fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Maximizing Resources Including Technology for Housing for Adults with Disabilities

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Community Living

Federal Investment: $1,000,000                                    Required Match: $333,333

2012 Award: $200,000                                                2012 Match: $66,667

This pilot project will create innovative financing models for housing for people with disabilities by collaborating with and creating new partnerships between provider agencies, landlords, people with disabilities, families, and other stakeholders. The project could also incorporate the use of technology and innovative approaches to improving and maintaining the individual’s quality of life based on their needs. The goal of the project is to create a replicable model of financing or other creative options that can be used statewide to obtain existing or new housing in accessible single units or multi-family dwellings.

Staff: Fatica Ayers, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5543; fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Sustaining the Sibling Network in Ohio

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Community Living

Federal Investment: $125,000                                       Required Match: $ 41,667

2012 Award: $ 25,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 8,333

This project will continue support of the Sibling Project, an adult sibling leadership organization whose mission is to empower adult sibling and other family members as well as self advocates statewide with knowledge, skills and tools. Funding will be used to support membership recruitment, board development and training, additional strategic planning, identification of collaborative partnerships, identification of ongoing funding sources, and projected staffing needs and supports.

Staff: Fatica Ayers, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5543; fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Community Living

Federal Investment: $1,090,000                                    Required Match: $363,333

2012 Award: $109,000 per recipient                            2012 Match: $36,333 per recipient

Council will invest in two projects at different locations in the state, preferably in one rural area and one urban center. These projects will collaborate with public and/or private entities to leverage additional funds to demonstrate how transportation services can be provided to people with disabilities any time or to create services where there aren’t any.

As a result of this project, there will be accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed or wanted, regardless of time of day. If accessible and affordable transportation isn’t available, then it will be created.

Staff: Fatica Ayers, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5543; fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Co-Ordinating Center of Excellence in Dual Diagnosis for Individuals with MI/DD

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Health & Employment

Federal Investment: $375,000                                       Required Match: $125,000

2012 Award: $ 75,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 25,000

This project will provide statewide training on effective and appropriate services for individuals with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and developmental disabilities (MI/DD). Due to a current lack of training for mental health and developmental disabilities, dually diagnosed individuals are often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed, causing inappropriate services, or interruption and/or denial of needed treatment and services. The project will require collaboration among multiple agencies to meet the needs of infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, young adults, adults or the elderly.

Staff: Teri Clark, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5542; teri.clark@dodd.ohio.gov

 

Choice of Employment

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Health & Employment

Federal Investment: $500,000                                       Required Match: $166,667

2012 Award: $100,000                                                2012 Match: $ 33,333

The Choice of Employment grant is an employment training grant intended for individuals with developmental disabilities who are 16 years old or older. The project will focus on improving competitive employment skills of transition age youth in skills and trades that are preferred by program participants. Collaboration among agencies will be vital to developing new approaches and opportunities for transition-age youth. This project must adhere to Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work and the Ohio Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities rules and regulations.

Staff: Teri Clark, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5542; teri.clark@dodd.ohio.gov

 

Self Determination In Employment – Micro Enterprises

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Health & Employment

Federal Investment: $375,000                                       Required Match: $125,000

2012 Award: $ 75,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 25,000

This is a training, advocacy and research grant to demonstrate alternatives to traditional employment, including, but not limited to: supported employment, self-employment, supported entrepreneurship, job carving and restructuring, development of micro-boards, micro-enterprises, paying employers to provide supported employment, and the use of personal agents, individual vouchers, training accounts, and personal budgets. It will also provide people with developmental disabilities non-traditional opportunities to produce income. The grantee will have to adhere to the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work and the Ohio Medicaid Buy-In rules and regulations.

Staff: Teri Clark, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5542; teri.clark@dodd.ohio.gov

 

State of Ohio Self Advocacy Organization

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Leadership Development

Federal Investment: $193,750                                       Required Match: $ 64,583

2012 Award: $ 38,750                                                 2012 Match: $ 12,917

The DD Act requires every Developmental Disabilities Council to address establishing or strengthening a program for the direct funding of a statewide Self Advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities. According to the 2009 Census Bureau, 13.4% of Ohioans have a disability, emphasizing a need for improved collaboration among agencies to establish or strengthen such a program. This grantee will collaborate with all self advocacy organizations to represent self-advocates in Ohio .

Staff: Teri Clark, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5542; teri.clark@dodd.ohio.gov

 

Supporting Opportunities in Providing Leadership Training to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Leadership Development

Federal Investment: $193,750                                       Required Match: $ 64,583

2012 Award: $ 38,750                                                 2012 Match: $ 12,917

The DD Act requires every Developmental Disabilities Council to support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders. This is a grant to support leadership training of individuals with developmental disabilities led by individuals with developmental disabilities.     

Staff: Teri Clark, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5542; teri.clark@dodd.ohio.gov

 

Amish Community Project

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Outreach

Federal Investment: $100,000                                       Required Match: $ 33,333

2012 Award: $ 20,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 6,667

This research project will focus on the rare, unique and serious genetic disorders that increase mortality and disability among the Amish population. Through collaboration, the successful applicant and Council each will identify and examine issues related to:

           Disability Issues / Services Available

           Research and Data collection / Treatment and Diagnosis

           Social Behaviors / Life Styles

           Prevention and Quality of Life 

Staff: Ken Latham, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5546; kenneth.latham@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Sickle Cell Project

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Outreach

Federal Investment: $100,000                                       Required Match: $ 33,333

2012 Award: $ 20,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 6,667

This project will be a statewide marketing campaign to increase the knowledge and visibility of the Sickle Cell condition and create a marketing strategy that will influence social behaviors to dispel myths, but benefit the targeted population and general society. The project will:

           Compare present data to new information and report to council;

           Document overall Market Strategies;

           Collaborate and build relationships with other health and disability organizations, schools, public administrators, legislators, and employers;

           Document media outlets, products, and techniques used to accomplish objectives.

 

Staff: Ken Latham, Policy Analyst; (614) 644-5546; kenneth.latham@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Public Awareness: Products and Activities

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Executive

Federal Investment: $300,000                                       Required Match: $100,000

2012 Award: $ 60,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 20,000

It is the charge of the ODDC to promote Public Awareness, by working with the grantee in selecting information/products that will make the public aware of insensitivity towards people with developmental disabilities and their families and how these insensitivities adversely affect accessibility levels in society. The grantee would assist Council in getting the public to understand the role Council plays in creating visions, piloting new approaches to services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, and changing service systems.

Council’s products must educate, train and provide valuable information important to and about people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Staff: Carla Sykes, Administrative Assistant 4; (614) 644-5538; carla.sykes@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Strategic Messaging and Advocacy Resource Training (SMART) Grant

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Public Policy

Federal Investment: $645,000                                       Required Match: $215,000

2012 Award: $ 75,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 25,000

The SMART Grant is primarily a strategic communications and grassroots training grant designed to improve advocates’ impact on state-level public policy development and implementation. In conjunction with the Data and Policy Research Grants and the Legislative Advocacy Day Coordinator, the SMART Grant will assist the Council in identifying and developing policy, media, and advocacy strategies that will elevate developmental disability solutions in Ohio . The grant will also provide support for collaboration and participation in grassroots training of advocates and disability organizations across Ohio .

Staff: Paul Jarvis, Liaison Officer; (614) 644-5545; paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Data and Policy Research Grants

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Public Policy

Federal Investment: $340,000                                       Required Match: $113,333

2012 Award: $120,000                                                2012 Match: $ 40,000

To assist the Council in development of public policy and advocacy positions, the Data and Policy Research Grants will collect, aggregate and analyze historical and current information related to services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. This project will generate multiple research and policy briefs that illustrate trends, needs, national comparisons, and possible solutions. Specific issues and areas of emphasis for each year of the project will be identified by the Council and communicated to the grantee.

Staff: Paul Jarvis, Liaison Officer; (614) 644-5545; paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

Legislative Advocacy Day Coordinator

Project Term: 2012-2016                                             Committee: Public Policy

Federal Investment: $250,000                                       Required Match: $ 83,333

2012 Award: $ 50,000                                                 2012 Match: $ 16,667

The Legislative Advocacy Day Coordinator is an event planning, legislative scheduling and logistics grant designed to improve public policy advocacy of individuals with developmental disabilities, family members, and others in the state of Ohio . The project will be responsible for planning an annual advocacy day at the Ohio Statehouse, including advanced registration, preparation of advocates, scheduling meetings on behalf of participants, identifying and securing collaborators, and gaining state and local media coverage.

Staff: Paul Jarvis, Liaison Officer; (614) 644-5545; paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov 

 

 

Application Instructions and Procedures:

Grant applications will be processed using the online submission process. Training on the new submission process are available by contacting Paul Jarvis at 614-644-5545 or email at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov.  

 

2012-2016 State Plan Proposal Kit

Grant Review Format

Grant Evaluation Form   

 

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