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New Membership

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) is currently seeking applicants for new membership. Recruitment of membership will now be on a regular basis; therefore, those interested in becoming a Council member may apply at any time. Council membership requires that applicants must comply with categories listed in the federal DD Act. The categories are as follows:

  1. Individual with a developmental disability
  2. Parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability
  3. An immediate relative or guardian of an adult with a mentally impairing developmental disability who cannot advocate for himself/herself
  4. An immediate relative or guardian or an institutionalized or previously institutionalized individual with a developmental disability or an individual with a developmental disability who resides or previously resided in an institution
  5. A representative from a private agency serving persons with developmental disabilities
  6. A representative from a private non-profit organization serving persons with developmental disabilities

If you fall under any of the above categories and are interested in becoming a Council member, please complete an application and send in the ODDC office as indicated below.

All candidates for DD Council membership should have experience serving on committees, boards, or organizations. Such experience concerned with persons with developmental disabilities would be especially relevant. Applicants should have first-hand knowledge about developmental disabilities in Ohio.

It is very important that applicants have time to attend six meetings per year and serve on at least two committees. Each meeting of Council occurs over a two-day period.

Governor John Kasich will appoint members for three-year terms. Application packets are available from the ODDC office, may be downloaded from ODDC’s website at www.ddc.ohio.gov or you may complete the application on line (both ODDC and Governor's Kasich's applications must be completed). Applications may be requested:

  • By mail: ODDC, 899 East Broad Street, Suite 203, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • By phone: 614-466-5205 or toll-free 800-766-7426. If you are leaving a message, please spell out your name, and give your address including zip code, and phone number.
  • By email contact: carla.cox@dodd.ohio.gov

Download the documents:

Apply online: Complete the Online Application

For information about the role and responsibilities of a DD Council Member, download the DD Council Member Guide (PDF file). It is written by the Information and Technology Assistance for Councils on Developmental Disabilites (iTACC) for people appointed to serve or interested in serving on a Council for Developmental Disabilities.

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