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.


National Disability Voter Registration Week

Logo for the REV UP voting campaignIn order to bring more attention to the power of the disability vote, the week of July 15 - 19 is declared as National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) as a part of the REV UP Campaign. This week is a focused effort to get people with disabilities registered to vote, educated about elections, and prepared to cast a ballot in November or whenever there is a local election.

While there is no federal election this year, there are many special elections and local elections being held for offices locally and statewide that are as important as the federal elections. REV UP’s campaign is designed to keep voters engaged and informed in the voting process.

NDVRW is held annually during the third week of July, just before the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The REV UP Campaign, launched by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in 2016, is a nonpartisan initiative that coordinates with national, state, and local disability organizations to increase the political power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The Campaign focuses on voter registration, education, access, and engagement.

For more information on REV UP Campaign, download this PDF.

Pictured are Kay Treanor and Carolyn KnightExecutive Director Carolyn Knight presents
Kay Treanor with her retirement plaque and pen.

Ohio DD Council Says Farewell to Kay Treanor

Ohio DD Council staff member Kay Treanor will officially retire as of July 1, 2019 after 39 years of state service. She spent the last 18 years with DD Council as a policy analyst for the Children and Health Committee. Prior to working for Council, she was a drug and alcohol counselor providing therapy to inmates in Ohio’s corrections system.

“Kay has always had a special connection with families who have children with developmental disabilities, particularly those in need of or receiving early intervention services,” said Executive Director Carolyn Knight. “Over the years, her expertise in this area and her connections with families and professionals have been a valuable resource for Council and its work. She will truly be missed by Council and countless others.”

Kay is the mother of three children and has two grandchildren. Her 35-year-old son is on the autism spectrum and receives services from his county board of developmental disabilities to support him to live in his own apartment and participate in his community. Kay said that part of her decision to retire is to have more time to focus on assisting her son to ensure his supports are in place and to be more readily available for his medical and daily living needs.

Congratulations on your retirement, Kay! We thank you for your time at the Ohio DD Council and wish you the best in your next chapter of life.

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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

People attending a DD Council Meeting

Embassy Suites - Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio

Ohio DD Council Business and Committee Meetings
September 12 - 13, 2019

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.