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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


Join October’s Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology
October 4, 2017

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council are excited to host the Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology this month to offer a forum for people with developmental disabilities and their families to discuss their personal experiences using technology to promote independence, while connecting people with information about assistive technology and remote support services.

The town hall is Friday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4:30 PM at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, 43035.

During the open forum section of the event, attendees will be encouraged to share

  • how technology has improved their lives or the lives of family members
  • what types of changes might be beneficial in technology services
  • any issues with access

Speakers will be helping DODD and DD Council make informed decisions about the direction of technology services.

DODD Director John Martin will discuss the department’s efforts to expand technology across the state. Participants will hear updates on the latest in assistive technology and remote support services, also known as remote monitoring.

The town hall will be streamed on Facebook Live, where viewers can also participate remotely by commenting about their experiences with technology.

Prepared testimony is NOT required to speak at the event. If you cannot attend but want to share a story about how technology has supported or could support yourself or a family member with a developmental disability, please email Jordan Wagner, Ohio Technology Project coordinator at the Ohio State University Nisonger Center, at jordan.wagner@osumc.edu.

Please register for the event at http://www.planetreg.com/E10285313134996. Registration is encouraged but not required.


Help us identify Assistive Technology (AT) programs for AT equipment, toys or medical equipment
September 22, 2017

Do you run an Assistive Technology (AT) loan program in Ohio? The program may be open to anyone or select members of your organization and include AT equipment, adaptive toys or medical equipment. If so, your assistance is requested to participate in a short electronic survey to identify these programs. And if you know of an AT loan program, please share this information with them. This work is funded through a grant from the Developmental Disabilities Council to the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI).

Click here to take the survey


DD Council and OPRA issue press release bringing attention to Direct Support Professionals Week and the employment need for Ohioans with disabilities
September 13, 2017

With over 20% of the direct care positions in the State unfilled, the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council) are calling attention to this need for fulfillment as they recognize Sept. 10-16 as Direct Support Professionals Week in Ohio. Direct Support Professionals (DSP) assist and ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary supports that enable them to live, work and enjoy life as independently as possible in the community of their choice.

Read the press release: Direct Support Professionals Week brings attention to employment need for Ohioans with disabilities

Read the latest "ReachOut e-Diversity News" newsletter
August 9, 2017

The latest edition of Council's outreach newsletter is now available. This issue's topic is "Meet the Change Challenge" and includes articles on:

  • Use of communication to create an open environment;
  • Re-examining personal values & aligning behaviors;
  • Recognizing & managing cultural intersections; and
  • Moving from technical to adaptive work.

Click here to read the August Reachout e-Diversity News


DD Council Chair Mark Seifarth interviewed on DD Council's transportation study report
August 9, 2017

Mark Seifarth, Chair for the Ohio DD Council, was interviewed by WOSU and the Columbus Dispatch about a study recently released by the DD Council, "Transportation Challenges for Ohioans with Disabilities." The study was completed by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine, Government Resource Center that included survey responses from more than 2,200 Ohioans in 63 counties across the state. Survey participants included people with disabilities, family members, transportation providers and advocacy organizations.


Take a survey about Ohio's Waiver Waiting List
August 4, 2017

Ohio’s Waiver Waiting List process is being improved. A stakeholder group, including the Ohio DD Council, invites you to take a moment to complete a survey so we can know what parts of the Waiver Waiting List are useful to you and others across Ohio. The new process will allow people and families to inform their local county boards of developmental disabilities on what their current needs for services are so they can match the right services to the right people who need them. Did you know there are local services that do not require waiver funding and can be provided without having to wait on a list? We appreciate your time to let us know what you think about this important topic. The information gathered through this survey will help the group communicate with everyone about the improvements to the Waiver Waiting List in the best way possible. Thank you for your help.

Take the survey: Waiver Waiting List Improvement Survey


Transportation Study Identifies Challenges for People with Disabilities
July 28, 2017

More than half of the people with disabilities responding to a statewide transportation survey indicated that they had to wait at least 30 minutes or longer to be picked up for a ride. Approximately half (51%) of the survey’s 534 respondents with disabilities stated they were 15 minutes late, or longer, for rides they depend on. These findings, and many others, are part of a study released today by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. The study was completed by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine, Government Resource Center and included survey responses from more than 2,200 Ohioans in 63 counties across the state. Survey participants included people with disabilities, family members, transportation providers and advocacy organizations.

Learn more about the results of the study and download the report.


Announcing Ohio DD Council's brand new e-newsletter!
July 25, 2017

ODDC e-News will be published monthly, and you will find stories from the community; about our active Council members; grantees who are doing great work towards inclusion and integration; public policy updates and more.


Council is currently accepting applications for a new Data and Policy Research Grant
July 24, 2017

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council released a Notice of Funds Available on Monday, July 24, 2017 seeking applicants for its Data and Policy Research Grant for the 2018 calendar year. The grant amount is $50,000 of federal funds and applications are due by Friday, October 6, 2017. The Council has developed 13 research topics that applicants can choose from when applying for the grant. Applications should focus on one topic and be written to that topic. All applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 6, 2017. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2018 and run until December 31, 2018.

Click here for more information about the Data and Policy Research Grant


Governor John Kasich Appoints New Member to Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
July 5, 2017

Governor John Kasich has appointed Jean Jakovlic to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC). Jakovlic, a resident of Franklin County, begins her service to promote equal opportunities for the statewide disability community.

Read more about Jean and her reasons for wanting to be a Council member.


New publication highlights Council's successful outreach efforts
July 5, 2017

The Ohio DD Council contracted with the Outcomes Management Group to evaluate DD Council's outreach efforts to unserved and underserved populations. A report of the findings provides information about 10 targeted grants, and includes the determined overall outcomes, defines operational best practices, benchmarks Council's efforts to other state councils, and determines how best to move forward.

Read the report: The Impact of Our Work: Evaluating the Outreach of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council


June edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News now available
June 7, 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. This issue includes articles about self driving cars, advocacy stories, and information about remote monitoring.

Download the newsletter at http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/reach-6-17.pdf.


Council member and Artist Linda Kunick featured on television interview
June 1, 2017

Ohio DD Council member Linda Kunick was recently interviewed on TV about her artwork on display during the Visionaries & Voices Gallery Garden Party Exhibition. Her artwork, along with other art by people with disabilities, will be on display through July 27, 2017 in Cincinnati. Way to go Linda!


Take a survey to help improve employment opportunities
May 31, 2017

Attention people with developmental disabilities, family members, guardians, providers and county boards of developmental disabilities staff! Please fill out an Ohio Employment First Stakeholder Feedback Online Survey at http://goo.gl/dMI2FO. The ideas you share will help state agency staff understand and plan for how to increase opportunities for employment and community living for people living with developmental disabilities. Survey deadline is June 22, 2017.


Follow DD Council on Twitter!
May 12, 2017

The Ohio DD Council is now on Twitter! Join in the conversation by following us at https://twitter.com/ohioddcouncil for the latest news and announcements about Council members, Council grantees, disability-related events happening in Ohio and much more. And remember to like us on our Facebook page too at https://www.facebook.com/ohioddcouncil.