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. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

Learn more about the Ohio DD Council


SAVE THE DATE for the 2022 DD Awareness & Advocacy Day!

Logo for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day showing the Ohio StatehouseMark your calendars! The annual DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

People with disabilities and their family members are their own best advocates when it comes to educating members of the general public and policymakers. Advancements in public policy are due to advocacy by individuals with disabilities.

The DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is an organized event at the Ohio Statehouse for people with disabilities and family members and others. The event will be on the Internet for those who cannot attend in person. Speakers will be invited to talk about different disability issues. Everyone who comes to the Statehouse and wants to talk with their legislator will have a meeting scheduled for them. 

Registration will be announced at a later date. Meanwhile, YOU can help the planners of the event. Do you have thoughts on what should happen at next year's event? Topics to cover? Suggested speakers? Other ideas? Please take a quick survey to help planners as they prepare for the event. Fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CV5D5X8. The survey will end on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Celebrate National Family Caregivers Month

National Family Caregiver Month logoNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, which is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. This month's blog looks at the family support efforts in Ohio and around the nation and shares links to family support information. Read more about the National Family Caregivers Month

Ohio DD Council Digest is the DD Council's official blog. Each month, we aim to provide you with information and news that is important to Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

Council in the Community: Rachel Rice

Photo of DD Council member Rachel RiceOhio DD Council member Rachel Rice shares about her experience at the Synergy Ohio 2021 Conference. In addition to learning new and helpful information, she was also interviewed by Christopher Milo, an international motivational speaker.

Rachel also talks about her roles as the Chair of the Children & Health Committe and her newly appointed position as Vice Chair of DD Council.

Read more about Rachel

A guide to nursing services in Ohio

Ohio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring conversations from Ohioans with developmental disabilities. New episodes are launched each month. 

Latest podcast: Amy Clawson, of Ohio Family to Family, discussed how conversations with parents helped launch the Ohio Nursing Collaborative and launched a new nursing guide to help parents and families to navigate at home care.

Upcoming Council Meetings

The following is a list of upcoming Council meetings. For more information, go to the Council Meeting Schedule web page.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Legislative Advocacy Day

February 3 – 4, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting

April 7 – 8, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

June 2 – 3, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting

August 4 – 5, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

October 6 – 7, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting