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Read about the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council) and other disability-related news and announcements. Please also "Like" the Ohio DD Council on Facebook to get more news and updates.


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.