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.

Learn more about the Ohio DD Council


Ohio DD Council Digest - The Blog for the Ohio DD CouncilLatest from Our Blog:
Research that Reflects the Rich Racial and Ethnic Diversity of People with Disabilities

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.

In her blog post on June 21, 2021, Kristi Hill, Deputy Director of the Adminstration for Community Living's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research recently shared on ACL's blog about their work and how they have gotten a lot of questions from across the research community about how they are implementing the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. Read more: Research that Reflects the Rich Racial and Ethnic Diversity of People with Disabilities

Meeting Recordings Available

Grant Reviewer Training

On June 4th, training was conducted for those who will be reviewing grant applications for the projects offered in Council's 2022-2026 State Plan. A recording is now available of the training. Go here to view the training: Grant Reviewer Training - June 2021

Bidders Conference

Bidders Conferences were held on May 12th and May 19th for those interested in applying for a grant project offered in Ohio DD Council's 2022-2026 State Plan. The following are links to the Bidders Conference recordings and resources.

HHS Launches Hotline to Improve Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind national hotline to connect people with disabilities to information and services to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is now available to help people with disabilities find vaccination locations in their communities, assist callers with making vaccination appointments, and connect callers to local services – such as accessible transportation – to overcome barriers to vaccination. The hotline also can provide information and resources to answer questions and address concerns about the vaccines and can connect callers to information and services that promote independent living and address fundamental needs, such as food, housing, and transportation.

DIAL was created through a partnership between the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help older adults and people with disabilities get COVID-19 vaccines. 

To access DIAL:

Logo for the Ohio DD Talks program from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Latest Podcast: Assistive Technology & Everyday Life

Ohio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring conversations from Ohioans with developmental disabilities. New episodes are launched each month. 

Latest podcast: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declared April 14 as Assistive Technology (AT) Awareness Day. In the spirit of supporting AT awareness, the latest podcast, Assistive Technology & Everyday Life, features Bill Darling who is the executive director of Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio). Bill talked about the benefits of AT and how it supports people with disabilities in their everyday life. 

Upcoming Council Meetings

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

Thursday, August 5, 2021
Grant Reviews
Meetings held online
Schedule and Login Information

Friday, August 6, 2021
Grant Reviews
Meetings held online
Schedule and Login Information

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Committee Meetings
In-person/Online meeting (tentative)
Location/times pending

Friday, October 8, 2021
Committee Meetings & Full Council Meetings
In-person/Online meeting (tentative)
Location/times pending

For meeting login information and meeting agendas, go to Council Meeting Schedule.