Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. By the direction of our members, the Ohio DD Council funds grant projects that aim to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

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Family engagement is critical to supporting people with disabilities

A mother, father and their child all smiling.Ohio DD Council Digest is the DD Council's official blog. Each month, we aim to provide you with information and news that is important to Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

October blog: Did you know that 65% of Ohioans with intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) live with their families? In most cases, support provided does not end when the family member turns 18. We’re proud to connect families to the resources they need.  Read more about the It Starts with Families Initiative.

Inclusive recreation and the importance of play

Logo for Ohio DD Talks podcast from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities CouncilOhio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring conversations from Ohioans with developmental disabilities. New episodes are launched each month. 

Latest podcast: Susan Monegan, founder of Mila's Hope and Rowyn's Dreams Playground, talks about what it took the create the first all inclusive playground in Portage County, Ohio. She also spoke on inclusive recreation and why play is important for kids with and without disabilities. Watch the podcast on YouTube.

Apply to become an Ohio Tech Ambassador

In January 2021, the Southern Ohio Council of Governments (SOCOG) launched the Ohio Tech Ambassador Network, a program promoting how adaptive technology use enhances lives and independence for people with developmental disabilities. They are currently recruiting additional Tech Ambassadors to their team.

One of their primary goals is promoting assistive technology and remote supports to facilitate more independence for people with developmental disabilities. They are looking for motivated individuals comfortable with making presentations, sharing personal experiences related to assistive technologies, remote supports and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and teams.

They have an urgent need for ambassadors for northeastern Ohio, but anyone interested should apply. This is a paid position. Questions should be emailed to info@ohiotechambassadors.org.

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Upcoming Council Meetings

The following is a list of upcoming Council meetings. For more complete information, go to the Council Meeting Schedule web page.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Legislative Advocacy Day

February 3 – 4, 2022 
Location: To be determined 

April 7 – 8, 2022 
Location: To be determined 

June 2 – 3, 2022
Location: To be determined 

August 4 – 5, 2022 
Location: To be determined 

October 6 – 7, 2022
Location: To be determined