Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.

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. 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.

Next Council Meeting - December 6-7, 2018

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square
75 E. State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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News and Announcements

SARTAC is Accepting Applications for Paid Fellowships for Self-Advocates

SARTAC logoThe Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is offering six paid Fellowships for self-advocates with developmental disabilities. The fellowship is a one-year project where you will design a project that is about self-advocacy and helps solve problems that many people have.

Fellows work on their projects about six hours each week. SARTAC pays Fellows $5,000 to complete their projects. SARTAC encourages you to find an organization near you to work with you on your project. Your project must end with a report or products others can use.

Six Fellows will be chosen this year. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 20, 2018, 8:00pm (EST). To apply, fill out the online form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SARTAC_Fellows19
Want to learn more first to decide if you want to apply? Check out other self-advocates who are SARTAC Fellows at http://selfadvocacyinfo.org/fellows/. You can also join a webinar being held on Monday, November 26 at 3:00pm (EST) that will provide information on how to apply. The meeting link is:
https://umkc.webex.com/umkc/j.php?MTID=m347f580e70aa027f417a39b1a73ae07e or you can join by phone at 1-855-282-6330.

Please take a survey to help Council's public awareness efforts

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council would like your opinion on how well we are communicating information about the Council and its activities to Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Current communications efforts include our website, social media (Facebook and Twitter), e-newsletter (Council Connection) and email notifications.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The deadline for the survey is Thursday, Novembe 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Click here to take the survey

Resources for Finding Assistive Tech Lending Libraries in Ohio

Map of Ohio with color coded counties organized by six different regions.Through a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), the Ohio DD Council has published a list of lending libraries across the State of Ohio. These libraries provide access to assistive technology, medical equipment and adaptive toys to support people with developmental disabilities.

The list of Ohio Lending Libraries is available online as an interactive online Google map and other downloadable formats. People can use the map to search lending library programs statewide or in specific regions, based on their needs.

OCALI assessed and compiled this information through an Ohio DD Council grant that concluded earlier this year called "Identification of Assistive Technology Loan Programs in Ohio." The goal of the grant was to develop a comprehensive list of assistive technology lending programs/libraries throughout Ohio and the services each provides so people with developmental disabilities can more easily explore assistive technology options.

Choose from the following to search for Assistive Technology Lending Libraries in Ohio.

Guide to Assistive Technology Lending Libraries in Ohio (2-page PDF document)

Assistive Technology Loan Programs in Ohio - Statewide and Regional (40-page PDF document)

Statewide and Regional Lending Libraries in Ohio (Excel spreadsheet) 

Online Interactive Map of Lending Library Locations (Google Map)

For more information about this project, including updates and how to suggest additions to the list, go to: Guide to Assistive Technology Programs in Ohio.

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