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
is committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.


DD Awareness and Advocacy Day to be held on March 5, 2019

Logo of Support Matter for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day event

The 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 for the 2019 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day. This year's theme is Supports Matter!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Where: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, Ohio or watch a live-stream of the event on the Ohio Channel.
Registration: Registration for the event is already full. However, you can ask to be put on a waiting list by emailing Paul Jarvis at paul.jarvis@dodd.ohio.gov

Watch the Event of the Ohio Channel

For those not able to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on the Ohio Channel. You do not need to register to view the live-stream of the event.

Event Speakers 

  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
  • Director of DODD Jeff Davis & Director of OOD Kevin Miller
  • Treasurer of State Robert Sprague & STABLE Account Holder Travis Dresbach
  • Chair of DD Council Public Policy Committee Dara Walburn
  • Disability Cocoon Founder Dustin Wright
  • Emceed by Shari Cooper


You can follow the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OhioDDAwareness/ for updates and more information.

Fact Sheets

The following Fact Sheets, including talking points, were created for the people who registered and scheduled a time to speak with their representatives the afternoon of the day of the event. 

Sheryl Mattney Discusses the Importance of Diversity through Outreach

Sheryl Mattney, the technical assistance director of the National Association of Council on Developmental Disabilities, visited the Ohio DD Council in December to discuss the history and role of the national DD Council network, and the Council members' responsibilities during their tenure. She focused on the importance and responsibility of Council to conduct outreach activities to the unserved and underserved groups within the developmental disabilities population. The unserved and underserved includes, but is not limited to, populations from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds, disadvantaged individuals with limited English proficiency, individuals from underserved geographic areas (rural or Urban), and specific groups of individuals within the population of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Sheryl talks about the importance of Council’s work including diversity through outreach activities in a video taken at the December meeting. She stresses how diversity enhances Council’s mission to make the state more inclusive for people with developmental disabilities by not only having a diverse group of members, but also by seeking diverse organizations to apply for grants.

See Ohio DD Council’s Outreach section for more information.

Watch Sheryl's video on DD Council's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR43ZH2-0sg or click on the video below.

Read more News and Announcements

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council funds programs that enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilites with an emphasis on self-determination.


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

Ohio DD Council Member Meeting

March 6 - 7, 2019

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

Agenda will be posted soon.


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.