Council Projects Highlights

One of the primary purposes of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is to offer grant opportunities to find ways to improve services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilites so they can live more independent and meaningful lives. We currently fund over 20 grants covering a wide-range of areas related to issues experienced by people with developmental disabilities.

This page provides articles and updates on selected Council-funded projects, such as the following:

Want to learn more about Council's projects? Visit our Current Projects page.


Resources for Finding Assistive Tech Lending Libraries in Ohio

Map of Ohio with color coded counties organized by six different regions.September 21, 2018: 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.


OCALI Supports Schools to Ensure Post-Secondary Success

Picture of the word Grants laying on top of a computer keyboardJuly 10, 2018: Through the Ohio DD Council, OCALI, or the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, received a grant titled “Realizing Employment First for Youth: Evidence Based Practices and Predictors of Adult Success.”

The pilot program called “What Works for Work”, studied how evidence-based practices and predictors that supported school-based teams help achieve post-secondary success – or life after high school - for students with developmental disabilities.

The grant support school-based teams, “find successful methods that would improve transitions into employment, independent living skills and community living,” said Madeline Rosenshein, OCALI consultant and grantee.

Through research focused on transition youth, it was found that certain evidence-based practices and predictors, if implemented during the school years, can improve adult outcomes, which includes employment.

The practices created structured processes for a student to find success. Methods such as chaining (linking steps towards an outcome); prompting; and using mobile technology were proving to be successful for the students.

From September to June, OCALI hosted four whole-day sessions for teachers to learn the curriculums to help their students succeed while in school, and how to achieve success after leaving high school.

“The curriculum provided tools for the school-based teams to see the needs of the student and how to define them, and also focus on the most important need first, which differs for each student,” added Rosenshein. “Additionally, this also empowers our students because we are focusing on their individual need and working with them directly to be successful.”

The curriculum also provided more ways and methods for interventions due to the evidence-based format.

Through this grant, OCALI has also been able to provide a broader understanding of how improved transition outcomes are an integral part of school improvement and positive behavior supports.


The Importance - and Problem - of Transportation for Ohioans with Disabilities

June 17, 2018: The Ohio DD Council is constantly revisiting the issues of transportation through research done by its grantees. The need for reliable and accessible transportation for Ohioans with disabilities is never ending. For example, the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC), through a grant from the Ohio DD Council, studied the question of access to transportation for Ohioans with disabilities. The GRC reported its findings in a report that was published in July 2017. Overall, the study found that obtaining safe, affordable, and appropriate transportation options can be very difficult for Ohioans with disabilities. For a quick look at the key findings, read the Ohio DD Council's Transportation Study Impact Sheet. The study’s results point to the need for further research, including an examination of the feasibility and effectiveness of proposed improvements and innovations. For more information, read the complete report here: Transportation Challenges for Ohioans with Disabilities. picture of the transportation impact sheet

Currently, the Ohio DD Council is funding a grant called, Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime. The grantee seeks to find ways to offer accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed, regardless of time of day or location. The grant also is researching solutions for what can be done when accessible and affordable transportation isn’t available. You can read more about the grant here: http://ddc.ohio.gov/Grants/Current-Projects/access-afford-trans

What is your opinion about transportation?

As the Ohio DD Council continues to work through its grantees and partners on ways to improve transportation, we encourage Ohioans with disabilities to provide input whenever possible. What will transportation look like in the future? What are your needs? What do you think will be the needs of people with disabilities in the years to come?

Currently, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) would like your input by taking a survey about the future of transportation. The responses from the survey will assist ODOT in updating Ohio's long-range transportation plan, called Access Ohio 2045.

Please take some time to complete ODOT's survey here so that they hear about the needs of Ohioans with disabilities: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ohio-transportation-trends