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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 and stay in touch with us on Twitter to get more news and updates.

Learn about becoming a Direct Support Professional in Ohio!

The Ohio Provider Resource Association, in collaboration with the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities have launched a new campaign to bring awareness to the need for Direct Support Professionals. Check out the 30 second ad below and be sure to visit www.dspohio.org to learn more about opportunities to become a DSP in Ohio.

Meeting announcement: DD Council's Executive Committee to meet on January 11

January 10, 2018

The Ohio DD Council's Executive Committee will meet on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 11am - 12pm. The location of the meeting is at the DD Council office at 899 E. Broad Street in Columbus in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. The subject of the meeting with be about the Revolving Door/Conflict of Interest Policy. You can contact DD Council at 614-466-5205 if you have questions.

Ohio DD Council updates its "Guardianship in Ohio" booklet

January 2, 2018

The Ohio DD Council has updated "Guardianship in Ohio," a booklet that offers a comprehensive overview of guardianship and alternatives in Ohio. The information is written for families who have a child with a developmental disability but may be relevant for others who need to navigate the often confusing and intimidating world of probate court and guardianship.

Logan Philipps and Bill Root, principal attorneys with Resch, Root & Philipps, LLC, are the authors of this booklet, supported by funding from the Ohio DD Council.

Download the book here: http://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/guardianship2017.pdf. Hard copies are also available upon request - call the DD Council office at 614-466-5205 to place an order.

Attention families of young children and childcare professionals: Take the Project Open House survey!

December 22, 2017

By Shana Pyle, Project Director, College of Education; Department of Early Childhood Education, Higher Education & Special Education at the University of Toledo

Project Open House (POH) is a project housed at the University of Toledo and funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. Our goal is to improve access to high-quality, inclusive child care for young children with disabilities and their families. We need your help to achieve that goal!

We want to hear from parents of young children with disabilities and childcare professionals who provide childcare to young children with disabilities. Please take 20 minutes to complete our survey. You can access the survey by clicking the link below. If you would prefer to complete a hard copy of the survey, please call 1-833-POH-SURV and provide us with your name and contact information. We will send a hard copy of the survey to you as well as a self-addressed, stamped envelope that you can use to return it.

While your participation is voluntary, the information you provide will be very valuable to us. We will keep your identity confidential and will not share any identifiable information with anyone. The UT Institutional Review Board has approved this survey.

The deadline to complete the survey is February 28, 2018.

We know your time is valuable…THANK YOU for your help! 


Please contact Ms. Shana Pyle at shana.pyle@utoledo.edu or 419-530-5292.

To access the survey:


To view the survey consent forms:

Download a printable version of this announcement: Project Open House Flyer

This research project is funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, and is conducted by Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil and Dr. William McInerney at the University of Toledo.

Read the latest edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News

December 11, 2017

The December issue of ReachOut e-Diversity News is now available! The December newsletter focuses on creating an inclusive culture. Articles include:

  • Inclusion Starts at the Top!
  • Hidden Bias Exists
  • Are You Listening?
  • Personal Commitment

This is a bi-monthly newsletter funded by the Ohio DD Council’s Outreach Committee. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information on the need to promote more interagency collaboration and coordination that results in agencies providing culturally competent services to the unserved and underserved populations in Ohio.

Click here to read the December edition of ReachOut e-Diversity News

Council's November newsletter is now available!

November 29, 2017

The latest edition of DD Council's newsletter, Council Connection, is now available. This month's articles include:

  • Council Member Spotlight – Blaine O’Leary
  • Grantee Spotlight: ReachOut e-Diversity News
  • Action Alert: Technology Use and Remote Supports Survey
  • Best Buddies Hosts Leadership Developmental Training for Self-Advocates
  • OPRA Launches DSPOhio to Recruit Direct Support Professionals

Click here to read the November Council Connection newsletter

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.