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April edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News now available
April 12, 2017

"ReachOut e-Diversity News" is a bi-monthly newsletter funded by the Ohio DD Council. The purpose of this newsletter is to bring awareness about and to reach out to the un-served and under-served populations in Ohio. April's newsletter includes articles about advocacy, quality leadership, National Minority Health Month and a report on Ohio DD Council's outreach outcomes in the April issue of ReachOut. Download the newsletter at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/reach-4-17.pdf.

Services for Independent Living Announces First SIL Leadership Academy
April 6, 2017

Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL) is very excited to announce the first SIL Leadership Academy, an eight-week course for individuals with disabilities in Northeast Ohio. The Leadership Academy is designed to help participants with disabilities gain the skills needed to actively participate on boards, committees, or community coalitions in a meaningful way. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of persons with disabilities prepared to engage in community leadership roles. This activity is funded by a grant from the Ohio DD Council through our Leadership Development Committee.

There will be eight (8) three-hour sessions held on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at a location to be determined; the sessions will begin on May 24 and end on July 19, 2017. The sessions will include lectures, hands-on activities and role playing. The training sessions will be followed by hands-on “internship” experiences in the community.

Applications are due by May 3, 2017.  Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to apply early.  If you would like an application and/or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Gold at lgold@sil-oh.org or at 216-731-1529. Click here for more information about the SIL Leadership Academy.

Advocates in the news for DD Advocacy Awareness Day
March 22, 2017

DD Awareness and Advocacy Day was held at the Ohio Statehouse on March 8, 2017. Hundreds of advocates gathered to listen to speakers, watch presentations, and enjoy a musical performance. Most importantly, after the gathering was over, many advocates visited legislators to talk about issues that are important to them. Read news coverage about some of the groups of advocates who attended and how they participated on that day, as well as doing other activities for DD Awareness Month.

Council member Jeffrey Turner highlighted in the news!
March 13, 2017

Check out an article in the Galion Inquirer about Jeffrey Turner, Secretary of the Ohio DD Council. Jeffrey is also chairperson of our Leadership Development committee, and also serves on several other committees. Read more: Jeffrey Turner named Secretary of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Council Staff member's article about DD Awareness Month published on 3rd Rail Politics
March 13, 2017

Read an article written by DD Council's Paul Jarvis, Public Policy Staff, for "3rd Rail Politics" about Developmental Disability Awareness Month. His article provides information and insight into the history of DD Awareness Month, and the importance for people with and without disabilities to live side by side in our communities. Read the article: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is Here

DD Awareness and Advocacy Day at Ohio Statehouse to be broadcast live
March 6, 2017

Learning about issues that have an impact on disabilities is an important part of being an advocate. Each year, the Ohio DD Council funds a grant to hold a Developmental Disability Awareness and Advocacy Day at the Ohio Statehouse where advocates join together, listen to numerous speakers and then make visits to their legislators to discuss current disability-related issues of importance. This year's event will be held on Wednesday, March 8. Although registration is closed to attend in person, you can still "attend" by watching the event live from the Ohio Channel beginning at 10 a.m. Log on to the Ohio Channel at http://ohiochannel.org/live/special-events.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
March 1, 2017

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Ohio DD Council is partnering with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities to help spread awareness about people with disabilities living side by side with those who do not have a disability. The theme this year is "Life Side by Side."

Each week during March, we will be featuring resources on our DD Awareness Month web page and on he Ohio DD Council Facebook page about the following "Side by Side" topic areas:

  • Week 1: Learning Side by Side (March 3 - 10)
  • Week 2: Working Side by Side (March 13 - 17)
  • Week 3: Communities Side by Side (March 20 - 24)
  • Week 4: Life Side by Side (March 26 - 31)

Become involved! Throughout the month, we encourage you to share your stories on your own Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media. Be sure to include the hashtag ‪#DDAwareness17‬ with your post to help spread awareness among your own network of family and friends. You can find more information and resources that you are welcome to use at http://nacdd.org/ddam/.

Next meeting of the Ohio DD Council is March 2 - 3, 2017
February 17, 2017

The Ohio DD Council will hold its next meeting on Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza North, 6500 Doubletree Avenue in Columbus. Click here for the meeting agendas.

Ohio's March to Greater Independence: Community Employment Q&A

January 18, 2017

The Ohio DD Council has released a new booklet that answers questions about the move to community employment for people with disabilities. The questions are answered by people with years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Included are two feature stories about the experiences of two Ohioans with disabilities as they seek community employment. Download the publication: Ohio's March to Greater Independence: Community Employment Q&A

New Assistive Technology grant opportunity available!
January 12, 2017

The Ohio DD Council is accepting grant applications of up to $25,000 for a project called "Identification of Assistive Technology Lending Programs in Ohio." This project involves developing a comprehensive list of assistive technology programs and events in Ohio, including recommendations on how to present and market this information for use by people with disabilities and others. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 3, 2017. For more information, go to https://www.ddsuite.org/ and click on the link to the Notice of Funds Available for this grant.

What do Ohioans with disabilities think about community housing in Ohio?
December 22, 2016

Find out about the status of housing issues for people with developmental disabilities in DD Council's newest publication, "2016 Community Housing Summit." The brochure highlights feedback from a Community Housing Summit held in Columbus, Ohio on September 28, 2016. The comments provide valuable insight on how our communities are addressing community housing issues.

 

Sign up for a STABLE Account before the end of the year for tax savings
December 21, 2016

The Treasurer of State reminds people interested in opening a STABLE account to do so by December 31st in order to take advantage of the special tax and savings benefits afforded to STABLE Account owners. The STABLE Account allows for tax-free savings plan for disability-related expenses. Learn more from the STABLE Account website.

Council joins in effort to improve Ohio's public transit system
December 15, 2016

The Ohio Coalition for Transportation Equity's has asked the Governor and Ohio Legislature to work with the group to improve Ohio's public transit system. According to a press release from Disability Rights Ohio, a letter sent by the Coalition "details the positive impact that greater investment in public transit will likely have on Ohio's economy, environment and communities." The Ohio DD Council, among many other advocacy and other organizations, is a part of this Coalition. Read the press release from Disability Rights Ohio for more information.

Attention self-advocates: Make a difference by taking a survey!
December 5, 2016

Ohio Advocacy United is assisting the Southwest Institute for Families and Children with Special Needs (Technical Assistance Center) in gathering input from self-advocates, DD partners, allies and family members who support self-advocacy throughout Ohio. The survey assesses grassroots self-advocacy efforts and is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) as one of its Projects of National Significance. You can complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/individualsurvey1.

One of Council's special advisors receives award
November 21, 2016

Congratulations to Robert Shuemak who recently won a bronze award at the Cincinnati PRSA Blacksmith Awards. It was a well-deserved honor for his insightful editorial on the controversy surrounding 50 Cent's negative treatment of a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport employee with autism. You can read the article at http://cin.ci/2fmkaR8.

Robert is a Special Advisor to the Ohio DD Council's Assistive Technology & Communication Committee. He formerly served on Council as Vice Chair and as Chair of the AT & Communication Committee.

DD Council to Meet in December
November 18, 2016

The Ohio DD Council will hold its next meeting on December 8-9, 2016 at the Cherry Valley Lodge at 2299 Cherry Valley Road in Newark, OH 43055. The business meeting and committee meeting agendas will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Next Chapter Book Club offers online training option
November 18, 2016

On January 1, 2017, Next Chapter Book Club (NCBC) is launching an online training option for providers of developmental disability services and other organizations that want to join the NCBC Affiliate network. The cost of the 4-hour training program is $350 and includes a follow-up telephone consultation with NCBC staff. A $50 discount will be applied to anyone who pre-orders the training by December 31st (using the promo code: NCBC50). Next Chapter Book Club, which was awarded the “Innovations in Reading Prize” by the National Book Foundation, is a low-cost/high impact community-based book club program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This short video from a Next Chapter Book Club in Tennessee shows how much fun the members have. And here’s a copy of the October Newsletter, which includes more information about Next Chapter Book Club’s new online training option.

How was your voting experience?
November 10, 2016

Now that the election is over, SABE needs your help to learn more about your voting experience for the 2016 Election. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed to make sure everyone in this country could cast a private and independent vote. Now, SABE wants to make sure the law is working. You can help by completing their survey. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016VoterExperienceSurvey to take the survey.

Voter Hotline open on Election Day
November 7, 2016

Disability Rights Ohio's Voter Hotline will be open on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. DRO staff will be available to answer your questions and may be able to provide assistance if you think your voting rights are being violated. The hotline number is 614-466-7264 or toll free 800-282-9181; (TTY) 614-728-2553 or toll free 800-858-3542.

Notice of Funds Available!
October 20, 2016

The Ohio DD Council is accepting applications for a $50,000 grant, "Assessing Assistive Technology Service Delivery in the Ohio County Board of Developmental Disabilities System." This is a research project that will report information to DD Council on how to offer technical assistance to county boards of DD about providing assistive technology services to people with disabilities who can benefit from assistive technology. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 6, 2017.  More information and details, including how to apply, go to the DD Suite website found at https://www.ddsuite.org/.

Your vote is your voice! Be heard!
October 20, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Do you have questions about your rights as a voter with a disability? Are you looking for information on where the candidates stand on disability issues? Check out our Voters with Disabilities Resources section.

New Council Publication: How Do We Solve Ohio's DD Housing Crisis?
October 4, 2016

Cover of housing crisis brochureRead DD Council's latest publication, "How Do We Solve Ohio's DD Housing Crisis?" This brochure documents how one of DD Council's grantees implemented a program to assist county boards of developmental disabilities with securing funds outside of the traditional sources for housing.Twelve county boards around Ohio participated in the grantees program and have seen a remarkable improvement in finding funding and securing vouchers for the individuals they serve. Our hope is that other county boards will take advantage of this program so that more of the individuals served in Ohio can live independently.You can download the publication at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/housing-crisis-9-2016.pdf. Hard copies are available upon request - call our office at 614-466-5205.

Crisis Text Line available to Ohioans
October 4, 2016

Ohio now offers a new tool to help Ohioans in crisis. People experiencing a stressful situation can find immediate help, 24/7 with the launch of a free, confidential, statewide Crisis Text Line. Any Ohio resident who needs help coping with a crisis can now text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. This services is the result of an ongoing "Strong Families, Safe Communities" partnership between the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to fund innovative projects to assist families and youth who are at-risk. For more information, read an article in DODD's Pipeline Newsletter.

Reminder: The deadline to apply for grants for DD Council's next five-year plan is Friday, October, 7, 2016
September 27, 2016

Please review the Notice of Funds Available for descriptions of the grant opportunities in the areas of employment, housing, health, child care and family supports, empowerment and leadership development, direct supports, outreach, and advocacy. Links to the this information can be found at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Grants/Notice-of-Funds-Available-NOFA.

Register for the 14th Annual NADD IDD/MI Conference
September 2, 2016

The 14th Annual NADD: State of Ohio IDD/MI Conference program is scheduled for September 19 and September 20, 2016. NADD provides annual training to individuals who assist people with co-occurring developmental disabilities and mental illness live better lives. This conference is a partnership between the Ohio Departments of Developmental Disabilities & Ohio Dept of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Northeast Ohio Medical University. The Ohio DD Council provides support for this conference as well. For more information, visit the conference website.

New online care notebook helps organize medical records
August 26, 2016

Guiding People Through Systems (GPS) is a new online care "notebook" to assist families of children with special health care needs to organize and maintain their medical records. Families can use this tool to build a binder of commonly used forms, and download or email forms to share with schools and healthcare or service providers. The Ohio Department of Health, Family Voices of Ohio, Nationwide Children's Hospital/Autism Treatment Network, University of Cincinnati/UCEDD and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital (Toledo) worked together to create this program. For more information go to the GPS website.

Are you registered to vote?
August 22, 2016

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 if you want to vote in this year's November Election. All voters should check their registration before going to the polls - Ohio has purged the registrations of many "infrequent" voters. For more information, go to MyOhioVote.com.

Council to Meet in September
August 12, 2016

The Ohio DD Council will hold its next meeting on September 15-16, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark. The business meeting and committee meeting agendas will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities
August 10, 2016

The AXIS Center for Public Awareness has updated the publication "Medicaid Buy-in for Workers with Disabilities." Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with disabilities (MBIWD) allows individuals with disabilities to earn money from a job and to keep their Medicaid health care coverage.

Download the publication to learn more: Medicaid Buy-in for Workers with Disabilities

It's here! The Ohio DD Council is pleased to announce our NOFA for the next five-year State Plan!
August 1, 2016

This NOFA includes grant opportunities for the next five years in the areas of employment, housing, health, child care and family supports, empowerment and leadership development, direct supports, outreach, and advocacy. The deadline for grant applications is Friday, October 7, 2016. More information about each project or how to apply can be found in the State Plan Guide.

Transportation Survey deadline extended!
July 14, 2016

Due to the overwhelming interest and support in the Transportation Survey, the Ohio DD Council, Services for Independent Living, Disability Rights Ohio, and Government Resource Center have decided to extend the deadline to allow more participants. As of last week, nearly 1,500 responses were received to the survey that seeks to understand why transportation is identified as such a large barrier to services and supports in the community for individuals with disabilities. The goal now is to get 3,000 to complete it!

If you have already completed the survey; thank you! Please share this announcement with your friends, family, and network of supports. Everyone is encouraged to participate. That includes people with disabilities, family members, providers, and anyone else with interest in transportation services for people with disabilities or other human service needs.

If you have not yet completed the survey, we ask you to do so before Friday, September 30, 2016. That’s two whole months to get the word out! Facebook it! Tweet it! Let’s crush the new goal of 3,000 responses.

The survey is offered online at each organization’s website, or at https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_57qqy0sKQClmKjP. If you have any questions about this survey before or after you complete it, or encounter any technical problems, please contact Colin Odden at colin.odden@osumc.edu or at 1-614-685-9357.

First Ever Joint Developmental Disability Council and State Independent Living Council Members Meeting
July 11, 2016

On Thursday July 14th, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) and Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) will host the first ever joint business meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Newark, Ohio.

The DD and IL networks both work to help people with disabilities live independently, fully participating in their communities. Although the DD community and the IL community frequently work together at a local level, this marks the first time in the history of the programs that the two organizations have combined their state-level business meetings. The combined agenda will enable the two organizations to identify new opportunities to partner, enable each to learn from the other, and create a foundation for ongoing collaboration to better serve people of all ages with all types of disabilities.

OSILC Chair Arthur Schlesinger and ODDC Chair Mark Seifarth will co-host the meeting, which will include remarks by Aaron Bishop, Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities within the Administration for Community Living; John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities; and Kevin Miller, Executive Director of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, as well as updates and reports from the OSILC, the Ohio DD Council, and network partners.

Go to Ohio DD Council Meeting Agendas to review the agendas. Questions? Call our office at 614-644-5205.

In addition, on Friday July 15th the DD Council Nominating Committee will meet.

Preparing to vote: Is your polling place accessible?
July 1, 2016

The Department of Justice recently updated its “ADA Checklist for Polling Places.” The publication includes a survey to guide election officials in evaluating the accessibility for people with disabilities of facilities used or being considered for use as polling places. Find the checklist at https://www.ada.gov/votingchecklist.htm.

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 develomental disabilites (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.

DD Council Special Advisor Robert Shuemak speaks out to the Cincinnati Enquirer
May 12, 2016

Robert Shuemak, special advisor to Ohio DD Council's Assistive Technology & Communication Committee, had a letter-to-the-editor featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. It's about his reaction to the recent incident where a popular rap singer was videotaped making insults toward a young man with autism at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Take a moment to read Robert's opinion: 50 Cent disappointing; boycott encouraging

DODD accepting feedback regarding waiver amendments
May 12, 2016

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) recently made amendments to the Individual Options (IO), Level One and SELF waiver applications to reflect the new Adult Day Waiver Services package (service definitions, provider qualifications, rate structure). DODD states that the changes will "maximize opportunities for integrated employment and integrated wrap-around services, in addition to several other waiver-specific changes." You can view the public notices on the Pipeline blog and applications with waiver amendments on DODD's website. Public comment must be submitted by June 8, 2016.

Your vote is your voice. Be heard!
April 26, 2016

RespectAbility4All reports that disability issues are beginning to be spotlighted on the Presidential campaign trail. According to Jennifer Laszlo Mizrhi of RespectAbility, "Fully one-out-of-five voters Americans (56 million) has a disability and 52 percent of likely voters have a loved one with a disability so if any candidate wants to be elected president of the United States, they are going to need the votes of people with disabilities. Presidential candidates need to work for all of us. They need to represent all of us." She added that some of the candidates have been quick to complete RespectAbility's Campaign Questionnaire, while others have not. Learn more about the Respectability Report and other voter resources on our website in our Voters with Disabilities Resources section.

Find out about the ADA as it applies to accessible technology
April 25, 2016

The Department of Justice has launched a new Accessible Technology section for its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website. The section provides one place to find the Department’s technical assistance and guidance about accessible technology, as well as information about the Department’s accessible technology enforcement efforts, regulation development, and other federal accessible technology resources and initiatives.

The purpose of this new section is assist covered entities of the ADA and people with disabilities to understand how the ADA applies to certain technologies, such as websites, electronic book readers, online courses, and point-of-sale devices. Covered entities have longstanding obligations to make their programs, goods, services, and activities accessible—including those they provide online or via other technology. Go to the Department of Justice - Accessible Technology website

DD Council Grantee Creates a Video Series about the Use of Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention
April 15, 2016

The Ohio Association of County Boards of DD, a grantee of the Ohio DD Council, has produced in partnership with families and practitioners in Ohio, a video series about the use of technology with evidence based early intervention. These eight videos illustrate how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. Learn more about the project and view the videos.

Update from OHT on Ohio's disability determination process redesign
April 11, 2016

The Office of Health Transformation (OHT) has provided an update on the status of simplifying disability determination in Ohio. "Beginning July 1, 2016, Ohio will accept the federal Social Security decision for SSI as a decision to also enroll that individual in Medicaid. Nearly two-thirds of Ohioans with a disability who qualify for Medicaid will come onto the program through the new, simplified, single disability determination process." Read more: Ohio's Disability Determination Redesign

Panelists needed for "Making Mammography Accessible for Women with Disabilities Training Seminar"
April 5, 2016

Are you a woman with an intellectual, physical, or sensory disability who has had a mammogram? If so, you could be a panelist for the "Making Mammography Accessible for Women with Disabilities Training Seminar" on May 21, 2016 in Cincinnati. This event is being held by the Ohio Disability and Health Program of the University of Cincinnati's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD). Event planners are looking for women with disabilities who can share their experiences, feedback, and tips with mammography technologists from around the state. Panelists will discuss their disability-related mammography experiences with the audience for about an hour and will receive lunch and a small stipend. If you are interested please contact the Mammography Project Coordinator, Erica Coleman by email at Erica.Coleman@cchmc.org.

Take a survey to help improve self determination with waiver services
April 5, 2016

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Self Determination Association are asking people on the Individal Options (IO), Level 1, or SELF waiver to take a survey to help improve and expand self-direction. Self-direction gives you or the person who supports you, more control about hiring and training your staff, what services you get, how and where you get them, who give them to you and how much money you pay to the services. The survey ends April 18, 2016. Choose from one of the surveys to take:

  1. If you have the Individual Options (IO) Waiver or Level One Waiver, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BZ32QSN.
  2. If you have the SELF Waiver, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/self-directedenrollees.

DD Awareness Month comes to an end; but the power of Side-by-Side continues
March 31, 2016

Every March we celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the many contributions people with developmental disabilities (DD) make to our society. This year, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and National Disability Rights Network chose the theme “Side by Side” to highlight the principle that everyone benefits when people with and without disabilities live, learn, and earn “side by side” in the community. However, it is not only people with and without disabilities who are stronger working side by side. This simple, yet powerful idea also applies to all of those working within the disability community. With this in mind, please read Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Bishop's blog about the power of working across silos, cultures, disabilities, generations, and movements.

Grant program will provide funding for assistive technology for accessible housing to veterans and service members
March 30, 2016

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded more than $784,000 in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to individuals, researchers and organizations. The grants will be used to develop new technologies to make homes accessible for Veterans and Service Members with disabilities. The SAHAT Grant Program provides funding to design assistive technologies and increase home modification options for Veterans who apply for VA's Specially Adapted Housing program. Read more: VA Awards Grants to Develop Technology to Help Veterans, Servicemembers Modify Their Specially Adapted Homes

Public comment period over
March 16, 2016

The public comment period for the Ohio DD Council's proposed 2017-2021 State Plan ended on March 16, 2016. Thank you to those who provided input.

Disability Rights Ohio will open up its Voter Hotline on Tuesday
March 11, 2016

Election Day in Ohio is Tuesday, March 15, and the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Disability Rights Ohio's (DRO) Voter Hotline will be open the same hours, with lawyers available to answer your questions and provide assistance if your voting rights are being violated. The hotline number is 614-466-7264 or toll free 800-282-9181; (TTY) 614-728-2553 or toll free 800-858-3542. Visit the DRO website for answers to the most common questions they get about voting

Comment on our proposed Five-Year State Plan in person on Tuesday, March 8
March 7, 2016

Have you commented on the Ohio DD Council's proposed Five-Year State Plan? If not, you still have time. You can either comment online or you can comment in person on Tuesday, March 8 during the DD Awareness and Legislative Advocacy Day on the Ohio Statehouse. Staff will be in Conference Room 044 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. to take your comments. Comments will be accepted through March 16, 2016.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!
March 1, 2016

Side by Side - people with and without disabilities working, going to school, playing, and participating in their communities together. That is the theme for this year's Developmental Disabilities Month. The Ohio DD Council is partnering with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the National Disability Rights Network, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities to help spread awareness about the people with disabilities living side-by-side with those who do not have a disability. Throughout the month, we encourage you to share your stories on your own Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media - be sure to include the hashtag ‪#‎sidebysideDD16‬ with your post to help spread awareness among your own network of family and friends. We will be posting information and facts that you can share with others throughout the month both on our website and on our Facebook page

Next DD Council meeting is March 3-4, 2016
February 18, 2016

The next Ohio DD Council meeting will be held March 3-4, 2016 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark, 50 N. 2nd Street, Newark, Ohio 43055. Agendas are currently being posted.

30,700 Ohioans using Medicaid Spend-down eligibility face a July 1 transition
February 17, 2016

The Center for Community Solutions provides information about changes in the way Medicaid Spend-down is determined as of July 2016.

Read the article the Common Ground newsletter: 30,700 Ohioans Using Medicaid Spend-down Eligibility Face a July 1 Transition

ODHP Policy Brief addresses health disparities among people of color living with disabilities
January 29, 2016

The Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP) released an evidence-based policy brief which explores the health disparity experienced by racial and ethnic minorities who have disabilities and discusses the need to collect disability data and/or identifiers, together with racial and ethnic data, to improve the health of all people. ODHP hopes this brief will be used to advocate for the inclusion of disability identifiers in research and other activities exploring health equity issues.

Read the brief: Health Disparities among People of Color Living with Disabilities

Registration closed for DD Awareness and Advocacy Day
January 28, 2016

Registration for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is now closed. This has to be a record! We hit maximum capacity for the Statehouse in less than 5 days of open registration. To follow information about the event, go the the event's Facebook page and website.

Comment on DD Council's Proposed Five-Year State Plan
January 28, 2016

The Ohio DD Council is in the process of developing its next five-year State Plan for 2017-2021. The plan describes what types of projects Council will fund. Read more and comment on the Five-Year State Plan.

New community living publication from DD Council
December 30, 2015

The Ohio DD Council has published the first in a series of brochures about several Ohioans with disabilities and their journeys to become active, productive members of their communities. Read Transition to Independence (PDF file). Hard-copies of the brochure are also available upon request. To order hard copies, contact Carla Cox at carla.cox@dodd.ohio.gov.

December edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News
December 15, 2015

The latest edition of the ReachOut e-Diversity is now available. Articles are written for people whose service needs have not been adequately met, or have not been offered in a way that is usable and understandable for different cultures. Read ReachOut e-Diversity News.