Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council - A Powerful Partner for People with Developmental DisabilitiesThe Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

Our Mission

Our 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.

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Next Council Meeting

Picture of a room full of DD Council members at a meeting.

The Ohio DD Council meets at least four times a year. The meetings are primarily for Council members, but also open to the public. Visitors are welcome to attend, although we ask that you contact us at 614-466-5205 so we can ensure there is enough seating and provide you with details about the meeting. 

When: March 6 - 7, 2019

Where: Embassy Suites - Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio 43017

Agendas: Agendas will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Click here for the 2019 meeting schedule

Apply to be a Member

Want to make a difference in the lives of Ohioans with disabilities? Apply to be considered for membership to the Ohio DD Council.

Click here to learn more on how to apply

News and Announcements

2019 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Theme: Supports Matter!

Logo of Support Matter for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day eventThe Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is proud to join with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Provider Resource Association, the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the Ohio Self Determination Association in announcing the 2019 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Theme: Supports Matter! The event will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Registration will be opening soon. For latest updates, go to the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OhioDDAwareness/.

You are welcome to download and use the "Supports Matter" logo for your website, newsletters, and social media. Click here to see the logos you can download

Mark Seifarth Receives Synergy Award

Picture of Mark Seifarth receiving the Synergy Award from Dana Charlton.Mark Seifarth, former Ohio DD Council Chairperson, was in for more than he bargained for while presenting as part of a panel of speakers during DD Council’s December meeting. Much to his surprise, Dana Charlton, executive director of the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA) showed up at the end of the panel discussion to present Mark with this year’s Synergy Award. Those considered for the award are people or organizations who demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration across systems and stakeholders.

“[Mark Seifarth] is someone who champions inclusion, and we are honored to present this award to Mark for his work for the disability community,” said Charlton.

Carolyn Knight, Ohio DD Council’s executive director said, “I’ve known Mark for many years and have seen the incredible work he has done advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Mark served on our Council for two terms and is our immediate-past chairperson. His leadership in that capacity helped to empower our members and further Council’s goals.”

Steve Oster, representing PAR, and Dana Charlton, representing OSDA decide and present the Synergy Award which is named after an annual conference, called the Synergy Conference. This conference is “a single conference recognizing that the power of one is multiplicative when people and organizations partner together to promote a common interest,” said Charlton. For more information about the Synergy Conference, go to https://www.synergyohio.org/.

Congratulations, Mark!

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Thank you, Director Martin!

Picture of Jo Spargo, John Martin, and Carolyn Knight2019 is here, and with it, many new changes in the State of Ohio. We will welcome a new Governor and a new administration. And with that, a new Director at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Director John Martin visited the Ohio DD Council at its last meeting of 2018 as he wraps up a successful, decades-long tenure working on behalf of Ohioans with disabilities.

In his visit, he commended the work of Council members and recounted all that DODD has been able to accomplish for people with disabilities.

Some notables included:

  • 1,000 people moved out of ICFs (intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities) and into community settings
  • 24,000+ people received services through Medicaid Waivers
  • 3,000+ people with developmental disabilities are now working
  • Ohio became the first “Technology First” state in the country

We thank Director John Martin for his tireless work on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Ohio and wish him well on his retirement.

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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.

Calendar of Events

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. 

We encourage organizations and people to share their events with us for consideration to be included on the Events Calendar. Contact Kim Crishbaum at kimberly.crishbaum@dodd.ohio.gov or 614-466-5232 if you have a suggestion.

Click here to go to the Events Calendar

Outreach to the Unserved and Underserved

Logo of two arms and the words Community OutreachThe 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.

Reaching out to the unserved and underserved enables individuals and families to obtain services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance including access to special adaptation of generic community or specialized services.

Learn more about why the Ohio DD Council considers outreach as an important part of its work, and how the Council ensures that the unserved and underserved populations are considered in its work. 

Click here to learn more about Outreach to the Unserved and Underserved