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DD Council Connection is a way for the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to introduce to you our Council members, provide updates on the work we do and the grant projects we manage, and inform you on the activities and initiatives of Ohio's community of self-advocates and others who work on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.


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Read the latest edition of DD Council Connection. Articles include:

  • Council wraps up 2019 with a retreat
  • We need your input!
  • Happy Holidays from Ohio DD Council!

Read the December 2019 newsletter


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Newsletters from 2019

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January 2019

  • Recommendations Aim to Expand Access to Supportive Technology
  • Nisonger Receives Funding from DD Council for Remote Support Grants
  • New Year, New Council Members!
  • Sheryl Mattney Discusses the Importance of Diversity through Outreach

February 2019

  • Tune into DD Awareness and Advocacy Day
  • Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Disability Tech Fest comes to Columbus
  • About Council: What is the role of Council members and how do I become one?

March 2019

  • Annual DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is yet another success!
  • Transportation Pilot Program Seeks Participants
  • Rachel Rice appointed to Ohio DD Council
  • About Council: When does DD Council offer new grants?

April 2019

  • Ohio Developmental Disabilities Caucus Holds First Meeting
  • Advocates in Action: Christine Brown Receives “40 Under 40” Honor
  • Estate Planning Guide Provides Insights for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Be a Changemaker - Join Ohio DD Council!
  • About Council: Ohio DD Council and the Ohio DD Network

May 2019

  • Medina County Board Seeks Remote Support Survey Input
  • Assistive Technology Covered by DODD Waivers
  • TechSummit Coming to Columbus
  • About Council: The Purpose of Council's Committees

June 2019

  • Council In The Community: Dr. Paula Rabidoux
  • In The News: Ohio DD Council Wants Inclusion and Integration for All
  • SIL Presents Award to Ohio DD Council
  • National Disability Voter Registration Week
  • Ohio DD Council Says Farewell to Kay Treanor

July 2019

  • Council In The Community: Marci Straughter “Keeps It Cookin'” with New Blog
  • Disability Rights Ohio Announces Two Events
  • Access to Transportation for the Disability Community
  • Ohio DD Council Launches Tech Access Article Series

August 2019

  • The State of Tech: Getting and Communicating Information
  • Notice of Funds Available: Data and Policy Research Grant
  • Macy's Hosts Sensory-friendly Shopping Day
  • Register for the Ohio Transportation Equity Forum!

September 2019

  • Ohio DD Council Seeks Input for Five-Year State Plan Survey
  • SIL Seeking Applicants for Fall Leadership Academy Session
  • The State of Tech: Expanding Access
  • NCI Seeking Interviewers for National Survey

October 2019

  • Ohioans with Disabilities, Make Your Voice Heard!
  • DODD Releases RFP for Family Network of Services
  • Ohio DD Council Members Go to Washington!
  • The State of Tech: Teaching Tech
  • Event Alert - Facebook Live: Accessing Medicaid Healthcare for Children

November 2019

  • We need your input!
  • Outreach major focus for Ohio DD Council
  • Council launches Food Desert article series
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Ohio DD Council!

December 2019

  • Council wraps up 2019 with a retreat
  • We need your input!
  • Happy Holidays from the Ohio DD Council!

Newsletters from 2018

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January 2018

  • DD Awareness & Advocacy Day coming in March
  • Ohio DD Council updates its "Guardianship in Ohio" booklet
  • Grant Spotlight: General Assembly Briefing Sessions (GAB Sessions)
  • It's time to "Fix The List"
  • Take the Project Open House Survey!

March 2018

  • Ohio DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Another Huge Success
  • Council Member Spotlight: Rochelle Hall-Rollins
  • DD Council Welcomes New Chair, New Members
  • The Future is Now! Series Kicks Off in Hamilton County

April 2018

  • Council Member Spotlight: Doug Frank Finds His Voice
  • Save the Date – Ohio State 2018 TechSummit
  • Governor Kasich Appoints New Chair, New Members to Ohio DD Council
  • Ohio DD Council Thanks Members for Their Service

May 2018

  • Ohio DD Council Goes to Washington!
  • Gov. Kasich Signs Executive Order Making Ohio a Technology First State
  • Member Spotlight: Morgan Gattermeyer
  • The Importance - and Problem - of Transportation for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Help Us Build Our Online Resource Guide

June 2018

  • Grant Spotlight: OCALI Supports Schools to Ensure Post-Secondary Success
  • Council Member Spotlights
  • Inaugural TechSummit Brings Together Technology and Disability Community
  • Ohio DD Council Offers Free Publications!

July 2018

  • Legislative Staff Tour Universal Design Living Laboratory
  • DD Council Releases Public Policy NOFA
  • Disability Tech:Fest Comes to Cincinnati!
  • Council Member Spotlight: Renee Wood, DD Council Special Advisor – An Advocate in Action!

August 2018

  • DD Council Releases Money Matters NOFA
  • Ohio DD Council Transportation Project Answers Demand for Public Transit
  • New Online Map Lists Assistive Tech Lending Libraries in Ohio

September 2018

  • Family Resource Network of Ohio aims to help families support families
  • Celebrating Direct Support Professionals
  • Grant Opportunities from Ohio DD Council - Deadline is October 5
  • Join AT Ohio for its Grand Re-Opening

October 2018

  • Michael Denlinger Goes to Disability Cocoon Tech:Festival
  • ODHP Releases Survey to Learn about Health Opportunities for People with Disabilities
  • Advocacy for Competitive Employment Continues
  • DODD Hosts Family Engagement Series Across the State

November 2018

  • Transportation Equity: Working Together to Address Barriers
  • Self-Advocates Fellowship Opens
  • DD Council’s AT Grants Support Ohio’s Tech First Initiative
  • Council Member Spotlight: Brandon White
  • Grantee Gathering Brings Together DD Council Initiatives

December 2018

  • Thank You, Director Martin!
  • Mark Seifarth Receives Synergy Award
  • Governor Kasich Announces Council Member Appointments
  • Take a Virtual Tour of AT Ohio’s Lending Library
  • Happy Holidays from Ohio DD Council!

Newsletters from 2017

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July 2017

  • Welcome to Our Newsletter!
  • Council Member Spotlight
  • University of Toledo kicks off initiative for young students with disabilities
  • Evaluating the Outreach of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

August 2017

  • Ohio DD Council releases transportation study
  • Council Member Spotlight: Kimberly Stults
  • Grantee Spotlight: Empowering Self Advocates
  • Ohio's STABLE Program receives national recognition
  • County Boards of Developmental Disabilities give back to their communities

September 2017

  • DSP Week Honors Professionals, Calls to Attention Need for More
  • Council Member Spotlight: Dara Walburn
  • Grantee Spotlight: Strengthening the Voices of Direct Support Professionals
  • Participate in the Assistive Technology Loan Program Survey

October 2017

  • Ohio DD Council Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Council Member Spotlight: Linda Kunick
  • Grantee Spotlight: Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime
  • Ohio DD Council and DODD host Ohio Family Town Hall on Technology

November 2017

  • Council Member Spotlight – Blaine O’Leary
  • Grantee Spotlight: ReachOut e-Diversity News
  • Action Alert: Technology Use and Remote Supports Survey
  • Best Buddies Hosts Leadership Developmental Training for Self-Advocates
  • OPRA Launches DSPOhio to Recruit Direct Support Professionals

December 2017

  • Grantee Spotlight: Surveying Assistive Technology Services in Ohio
  • Assistive Technology of Ohio Shares Success of Telepresence Robot Lease Program
  • Self-Advocate Speaks in Washington DC about Ohio's STABLE Accounts
  • Take the Project Open House Survey
  • Happy Holidays from Ohio DD Council!