ReachOut e-Diversity News
This is a bi-monthly newsletter sponsored by the Council’s Outreach Subcommittee 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. Join the e-Diversity email list to subscribe to receive email notification when new editions are available.
The purpose of the SomaliCAN Newsletter was to make the Somali community aware of policies and common practices that are insensitive toward people with developmental disabilities and their families and to highlight information on resources, employment prospects and stories regarding culturally competent services. The grant supporting this project ended in 2016.
The Impact of Our Work: Evaluating the Outreach of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
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. Published June 2017.
Triple Jeopardy: African American Women with Disabilities
The “Triple Jeopardy” initiative was designed to give voice to African-American women with developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18 and 60, who are unserved or underserved. Through a series of focus groups, the initiative sought to (1) stimulate public awareness of the issues surrounding women in “triple jeopardy”, (2) identify gaps and barriers that exist for these women, and (3) provide the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council with recommendations on how best to meet the formal and informal community support needs of the women. The information gathered through the focus groups was also compiled as a basis for ideas on possible research needed on the effectiveness of existing formal/informal community supports. This report provides a backdrop for understanding what is a developmental disability, and then chronicles the stories of the women participating in the focus groups. Finally, the report presents the proposed recommendations. Published September 2003.