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.


Be a Changemaker - Join Ohio DD Council!

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The Ohio DD Council is now recruiting new membership for the following categories:

► Individual with a developmental disability,

► Parent or guardian of a child with a developmental disability, and

► A representative from a private non-profit organization serving persons with developmental disabilities.

If you are interested in becoming a member, go to the New Member Application page to apply. You may apply online or download documents to complete and mail to our office.

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019.

Estate Planning Guide Provides Insights for Ohioans with Disabilities

Cover of the Estate Planning booklet showing a family of four people sitting together and smilingApril 15, 2019 – The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has released a new book today designed to improve understanding of the different strategies available for estate and special needs planning for individuals with disabilities, their families and others.

"Planning for Bright Tomorrows: Estate and Future Planning for Ohioans with Disabilities and Those Who Love Them" was authored by Dublin attorneys Logan K. Philipps and William K. Root. The book provides a complete overview of the different estate planning options available to families and individuals who have a disability.

Programs that people with disabilities rely on, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), include strict income and asset limits. According to Philips, naming a loved one with a disability in a will or trust can upset the balance of income or assets available to that individual and may cause them more harm than good.  

“Proper estate planning is important for the disability community. If done incorrectly, government benefits can be lost,” said Philipps, who is an attorney at Resch, Root, Philipps, & Graham, an estate planning firm with a focus on helping people with disabilities and their families. 

The book is an update and overhaul on a previous book released by the Ohio DD Council and includes changes to Medicaid, Trusts, and incorporates the new STABLE Account option available to individuals with disabilities. 

“The goal of the book is to provide a non-technical explanation of what benefits are out there and to ensure how the individual or family member can keep them,” added Root, who is also a parent of a child with a disability.

Carolyn Knight, executive director of the Ohio DD Council, said the book was important because it illustrates how a lack of a plan can cause problems for a loved one with a disability.

“Every time a person with a disability or a family member is asked about a new program, their first question is always, ‘how will this affect my current benefits,’” said Knight. “Logan and Bill have done a masterful job of explaining these complex options in a way that families and individuals can understand.”

Copies of this new publication can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council at 614-466-5205 or 1-800-766-7426. Electronic versions of the book are also available on the Council’s website: Planning for Bright Tomorrows: Estate and Future Planning for Ohioans with Disabilities and Those Who Love Them

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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

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Ohio DD Council Member Meeting
July 11 - 12, 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.