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:

  • 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.

Upcoming Council Meetings

  • Monday, August 17 at 2:00 PM
    Clear Language Subcommittee
  • Tuesday, August 18 at 3:00 PM
    Community Living Committee
  • Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM
    Children and Health Committee
  • Friday, September 18 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    Public Policy Committee
    Executive Committee
    Full Council Business Meeting

For meeting login instructions and to see the complete 2020 schedule, go to the Council Meeting Schedule page.


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

Most recent episode: The Power of Advocacy


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Grant Opportunity

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What: Data Policy and Research Grant on transporation challenges for Ohioans with disabilities
Amount: $75,000
Grant duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Details: Read the official Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 2, 2020
To apply: Complete online application on DD Suite

Latest News from Ohio DD Council

August is #ABLEtoSave Month!

August 11, 2020: August is #ABLEtoSave Month, which is dedicated to increasing the awareness and usage of ABLE accounts nationwide. Established following passage of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, Ohio’s STABLE Account program provides specialized savings and investment accounts for people living with disabilities. The accounts allow them to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefits, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

Read a message from Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague on increasing financial security and independence through STABLE Accounts from our DD Council Digest blog: Increasing Financial Security and Independence through STABLE Accounts

And tune into Ohio DD Talks on Monday, August 17 at 1:00 p.m. to listen to Doug Jackson, Deputy Director of Stable Account who recently spoke with the Ohio DD Council on how ABLE accounts are empowering people with disabilities to become financially independent!

Learn more about STABLE Accounts, including how to apply: Ohio STABLE Account

Grant Applications Now Being Accepted for $75,000 Research Study on Transportation for People with Disabilities

July 29, 2020: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for 2021. Applicants are being sought for a research grant to examine the transportation needs of people with disabilities. The research will be a follow-up to a study completed in 2017 titled, “Transportation Challenges for Ohioans with Disabilities.”

The research goal for 2021 will be a follow-up to the 2017 study, seeking to understand how transportation may have changed over time and if the changes have had an impact on the findings of the original study.

The official Notice of Funds Available for this grant opportunity can be found at https://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/nofa-data-policy-research-project-2021.pdf. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 2, 2020. All applications must be submitted using Council’s online grant management program (DD Suite). To apply now, visit https://www.ddsuite.org/?nofa_id=1746.

Questions about this funding opportunity should be directed to Paul Jarvis at (614) 644-5545 or via e-mail at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov.