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. Through our work, the Council aims to:Logo for Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

  • Advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Initiate programs that enrich their lives.
  • Demonstrate a consistent commitment to our mission.
  • Educate about disability rights and the importance of self-determination.
  • Encourage diversity and inclusion through our membership and activities.

Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.


Council Updates

Consumer Satisfaction Survey is Coming Soon

July 2, 2020: Each year, the Ohio DD Council is required by the federal DD Act to examine its goals and determine customer satisfaction with Council supported or conducted activities. To help Council achieve this requirement, the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University conducts a Consumer Satisfaction Survey. They are in charge of assessing and reporting the results of the survey to Council.

If you are a grantee receiving funds from the Ohio DD Council, your grant may have been chosen to be a part of this year’s Consumer Satisfaction Survey. If it was, you should have received a notification by now. (See the list of grants chosen at the end of this article.)

Please help Nisonger get survey responses! Lindsay Seidl from the Nisonger Center will be conducting the survey by phone, email or video conference. If she hasn’t already contacted you, she will be soon. What she needs from you is the names and ways to contact stakeholders who are participating in your project or those who are receiving information from your project to assist them in their work. These stakeholders can be people with disabilities, family members or professionals. Please let these people know Lindsay’s name and why she will be contacting them so they will feel comfortable to participate.

The survey used was developed by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) and focuses on the following objectives:

  • To provide Council with meaningful information;
  • To satisfy the Office of Management & Budget Performance and Results Act requirements;
  • To provide information to plan for systems change; and
  • To document Council’s effectiveness.

The survey period will begin in July and end in November of this year. If you have any questions, please contact Fatica Ayers at Fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov.

Consumer Satisfaction Projects to be Surveyed in 2020

  • Bridging the Gap Reach-Out e-Diversity Newsletter (Outcomes Management Group)
  • DD Awareness & Advocacy Day (Ohio Provider Resource Association)
  • Empowering Self-Advocates (Ohio Self Determination Association)
  • Healthy Lifestyles for People with Disabilities (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital)
  • Money Matters (Lucas County Board of DD Community Inclusion Department)
  • Sustaining and Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime (Hocking Athens Perry Community Action)

STABLE Accounts and Stimulus Payments

June 25: 2020: If you have a STABLE Account and have received a COVID19 Stimulus payment, you might have questions on what you can and cannot do with your payment. The Ohio Treasurer's Office, in collaboration with several Ohio disability-related agencies and organizations, including the Ohio DD Council, has published a Frequently Asked Questions sheet to help answer your questions. 

Download the document: FAQs about COVID 19 Stimulus Payments and STABLE Accounts


OCALI's AT&AEM Center Offers New Assistive Technology Training Opportunities

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Graphic of OCALI's AT Scholarship offer to County Board of DD EmployeesJune 15, 2020: Interested in advancing your Assistive Technology (AT) knowledge? The AT&AEM Center at OCALI can help!

We are the proud recipients of a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council designed to help build the capacity for assistive technology (AT) service delivery through the County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (CBDD) in Ohio. With this funding, we are able offer a variety of training opportunities, online resources, develop a Community of Practice, and provide financial assistance to obtain advanced certification in AT. 

What’s in it for you? 

If you’re a Service and Support Administrator (SSA), related service provider, administrator, or other CBDD personnel, you have the opportunity to receive financial support to earn AT certification through the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Association (RESNA) Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) program. RESNA is a professional organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.

What you’ll learn

  • Using a variety of training activities and a community of practice, you will learn:
  • How to analyze the needs of consumers with disabilities,
  • Assist in the selection of appropriate assistive technology for the consumer’s needs, and
  • How to provide training in the use of the selected device(s).

Scholarships available

Qualified employees of County CBDDs in Ohio have the opportunity to receive up to $1,400 in scholarships  for application and testing fees. 

Click here for more information 


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A monthly video series featuring DD Council members and others around Ohio.

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Next Council Meeting

Friday, July 10, 2020
11:30 PM

This will be a Full Council (Business) Meeting held online via GoToMeeting.

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Next Committee Meetings

The following Committees have scheduled meetings in July and will be held online via GoToMeeting:

  • Wednesday, July 8 at 10:00 AM: Leadership Developmental Committee 
  • Wednesday, July 8 at 2:00 PM: Employment Committee
  • Thursday, July 9 at 11:00 AM: Community Living Committee
  • Tuesday, July 7 at 11:30 AM: Outreach Committee 
  • Friday, July 10 at 11:00 AM: Executive Committee
  • Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 AM: Children & Health Committee

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