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Press Release from the Ohio DD Council

Governor John Kasich Appoints New Member to Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Columbus, OH (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.

Jakovlic and her husband, John, reside in Upper Arlington with their seven children. She works as the Chief Financial Officer at Home Health Connection in Worthington, OH. The organization provides support services and home health care to people with developmental disabilities and/or in need of medical care at home. She brings to ODDC over 20 years of expertise in working with agencies that collaborate with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, along with experience gained by advocating for services for members of her own family.

“My life has been full of advocacy. I’ve had to work hard and make sure that my children have the supports and necessary services in place to allow them to live as independently as possible. At the same time, I have witnessed many individuals who do not have involved and/or informed guardians resulting in a lower level of care for them,” said Jakovlic, on her motivation to apply to the Council. “I felt with my experience gained though my work and by advocating for my own children, I can support other parents and guardians as they try to navigate through this complicated system. I would like to help them avoid the barriers that I had to face.”

Jakolvic’s son, 22, is diagnosed with autism and requires 24/7 support staff to take care of his daily needs; he currently lives and works in Franklin County. Her daughter, 20, also receives DD services due to a physical disability yet lives and works independently in Franklin County. Through her work on ODDC, Jakovlic wants to, “advocate for client rights and self-determination,” she said. “People with disabilities have the right to choose where the want to live and work, to make daily decisions for themselves, and to be treated with respect and dignity.”

Additionally, she served on the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities, prior to her appointment to ODDC and has participated on many committees including a recent nomination to the State MUI Review Committee. She also works as a surveyor for The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) for the past ten years. CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services extending across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

“We welcome Jean with her extensive knowledge of the needs and abilities of those with disabilities,” said ODDC Chairperson Mark Seifarth. “Her significant professional experience as well as her strong advocacy for her children is invaluable as the Council continues to foster full community inclusion of those with developmental disabilities in Ohio.”

For more information on how to apply for appointment to ODDC, visit http://ddc.ohio.gov/Council-Members/New-Member-Application.


About The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council) is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life. The Ohio DD Council is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. The Ohio DD Council advocates for people with developmental disabilities and their families; initiates programs that enrich their lives; demonstrates a consistent commitment to our mission; and educates about disability rights and the importance of self-determination. Click here to learn more the Ohio DD Council.