Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Our Mission

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council - A Powerful Partner for People with Developmental DisabilitiesOur mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.

Our Members

The Ohio DD Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointment by the Governor of Ohio.

What We Do

The DD Council meets throughout the year to discuss disability-related issues and to identify grant projects that can improve supports and services for Ohioans with disabilities.

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council funds programs that enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilites with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion.


Image with the words Notice of Funds Available and Ohio Developmental Disabilities CouncilNotice of Funds Available: Data and Policy Research Grant

July 31, 2019: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce a new Notice of Funds Available. The Council is seeking applications for the Data and Policy Research Grant, a project of the Council’s Public Policy Committee. The research topic for this project is Employer Resource Networks. The Council is seeking an independent evaluation of ERNs to determine their effectiveness at retaining employees in the position of Direct Support Professionals and to examine other aspects of ERNs. This 1-year grant project will be funded by the Council in the amount of $100,000. There are no restrictions on who may apply for a DD Council Grant.

More information about this NOFA can be found at https://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/nofa-data-policy-7-31-19.pdf. To apply for this project, go to https://www.ddsuite.org/.

Questions about this Notice of Funds Available should be direct to Paul Jarvis at (614) 644-5545 or by e-mail at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov

To be notified of new NOFAs, please subscribe to receive email notifications.

Graphic reading The State of Tech - Technology Access in OhioOhio DD Council launches "The State of Tech" information brief series

On July 31, 2019, the Ohio DD Council launched The State of Tech, an article series that aims to educate and inform people about the impact of technology advances and the digital divide on Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

When talking about technology and people with developmental disabilities, people often think of assistive technology, such as screen readers and switch-enabled devices. In recent years, advancements in mainstream technology have made off-the-shelf tech devices, such as smartphones and voice assistance devices, usable by people with disabilities. This is a huge step toward narrowing the “digital divide”, which is a term to describe the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet, and those who do not.

The articles will be released once a month and will also share ways individuals, self-advocates, and family members can get access to information about using tech in their everyday life. There are four topics covered in this series:

  • Technology Access in Ohio (published July 2019)
  • Getting and Communicating Information: (coming in August 2019)
  • Expanding Access (coming in September 2019)
  • Teaching Technology (coming in October 2019)

The first article is available now. Read it here: Technology Access in Ohio

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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council conducts outreach activities to identify individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who otherwise might not come to the attention of the Council. This population is considered to be the unserved or underserved population.

Learn more about Outreach to the Unserved and Underserved

Next DD Council Meeting

People attending a DD Council Meeting

Membership Committee Meeting
August 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Delaware County Board of DD
7991 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Ohio DD Council Business and Committee Meetings
September 12 - 13, 2019
Embassy Suites - Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio

2019 Meeting Schedule


Are you looking for conference, workshops, trainings, webinars, and to attend? Check out our Events Calendar! Our calendar is packed with events from other organizations around Ohio and online who provide information that may be of interest to people with developmental disabilities, their families and others. 

Check out the Events Calendar


Orange and green box with the word Newsletters.The Ohio DD Council offers three newsletters covering different areas of emphasis of our work. Click on the newsletter name to read current and past newsletters, and to find out how to subscribe.

DD Council Connection: This monthly newsletter provides information about Council's members, grantees, publications and more. 

ReachOut e-Diversity News: This bi-monthly newsletter provides information about Council's outreach efforts to the unserved and underserved populations, and information about diversity.

This Week in Public Policy: This weekly newsletter provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level of interest to people with disabilities.