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Empowering Self-Advocates

Goal of Grant

By the end of each fiscal year, empower self-advocate leaders with developmental disabilities by increasing skill development and providing opportunities to be effective leaders.

Updates and Articles

Grantee Spotlight: Empowering Self Advocates
August 2017

As a part of its Self-Advocacy goal in the Five Year Plan, the Ohio DD Council (ODDC) awarded the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), Services for Independent Living (SIL), and Best Buddies each a grant to empower self-advocate leaders with developmental disabilities by increasing skill development and providing opportunities to be effective leaders.

In alignment with the DD Act, self-advocacy is one of the goals of the ODDC’s Five Year Plan. The DD Act requires every Developmental Disabilities Council address these three areas:

(I) Establish or strengthen a program for the direct funding of a State self-advocacy organization led by individuals with developmental disabilities;

(II) Support opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who are considered leaders to provide leadership training to individuals with developmental disabilities who may become leaders; and

(III) Support and expand participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in cross-disability and culturally diverse leadership.

The goal of this initiative will allow Ohioans with developmental disabilities to have an increased united, diversified voice that is recognized and respected by elected officials, stakeholders, policymakers, and people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Best Buddies Ambassador Training Dates Announced
November 2017

Download the flyer for the Best Buddies Ambassador Team Trainings in Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton, held in November and December 2017.


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Award Amount: $103,000

Grantee: Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA), Services for Independent Living (SIL), and Best Buddies

Council staff responsible: Leslie Paull


Grants are awarded for five years (with an annual continuation review) unless otherwise noted.