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:Logo for Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

  • 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.


Questions about COVID-19?

Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH for answers.

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Council News and Highlights

Plain Language Resources about COVID-19

The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC), with guidance and support from the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council, created a plain language booklet about the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. This booklet is intended to provide easy-to-understand information for people with developmental disabilities so they know about the virus, including prevention tips and answers to common questions. In addition, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities translated the booklet into Spanish.

Download and read the booklet: COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

Booklet in Spanish: Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades

The DODD COVID-19 Resources and Support is a webpage from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities DODD with communications and links to helpful resources that advises people with disabilities, their families, service providers, direct support professionals, county boards of developmental disabilities, and the community at large.

The Oregon Office of Developmental Disabilities Services created a three-minute video that provides information in plain language for people with disabilities about staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

You can also watch the video on YouTube: COVID-19 Coronavirus 

Times of crisis can be hard on everyone. If you are concerned about your own mental health or a family member's mental health, reach out for help. Here are some resources that can help:

  • Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services: The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (ODMHAS) has information on their website on how to find support, including the use of telehealth services from your phone, tablet or computer.
  • Ohio Crisis Text Line: To use this, text the word "4HOPE" to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes. This service is available 24/7. 
  • OhioMHAS Help Line: Call 1-877-275-6364. This line is available  from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday. 

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Next Council Meeting

Regular Council Meeting
May 7 - 8, 2020

Cherry Valley Hotel
2299 Cherry Valley Drive
Newark, Ohio 43055

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions are in effect for holding meetings and gatherings. Council will update this meeting notice closer to the date of the meeting.

2020 Meeting Schedule

Council Newsletters

DD Council Connection: Information about Council's members, grantees, publications and more.

ReachOut e-Diversity News: Information about providing culturally competent services to the un- and under-served populations.

This Week in Public Policy: Summary of policy and legislation of interest to people with disabilities. 


Events Around Ohio

Interested in family support trainings, transition bootcamps, assistive technology fairs, guardianship workshops, and much more? Check out the events being offered by disability-focused agencies and organizations throughout Ohio.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions are in effect for holding meetings and gatherings. Call ahead to the event organizer to make sure the event is still taking place.

Events Calendar