DD Council Digest Blog Archive

The following are past blog posts from the DD Council Digest.

Testers Needed for Decision Guide for Families with Special Needs

September 18, 2020
by DD Council Staff

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has been working with a group of federal and non-federal partners – including several experts from the UCEDD network - to develop a COVID-19 decision guide for families with children with special health care needs. The ACL is seeking your assistance with beta testing this tool. READ THE ARTICLE


Increasing Financial Security and Independence through STABLE Accounts

August 10, 2020
by Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague

Last month, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill’s enactment was a defining moment for our country, and the ADA has drastically improved equality of opportunity for people with disabilities. July also marked the fifth anniversary of Ohio House Bill 155, which authorized the creation of the STABLE Account program.  Now is the time to build on the legacy of those important pieces of legislation. August is #ABLEtoSave Month, which is dedicated to increasing the awareness and usage of ABLE accounts nationwide. READ THE ARTICLE

Attention SSAs: Boost Your AT IQ—for FREE!

July 28, 2020
by OCALI

Looking to expand AT knowledge for yourself or your teams? The AT&AEM Center at OCALI can help! Whether you’re looking to expand your own AT knowledge and skills or those of your teams, we are offering two trainings which are a great place to start! Space is limited, so register now to reserve your spot. The trainings are also approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) for Continuing Professional Development Units. READ THE ARTICLE

COVID19: How has it Affected You?

June 23, 2020
by DD Council Staff

Are you 18 or older? Do you have an intellectual disability or a developmental disability? Are you interested to sharing about how you have been doing during the last several months? If you answered YES to these questions, please participate in a study of the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University. All you need to do is take a short survey online now and at two other times (so three times total). Your survey answers matter! READ THE ARTICLE

What's In Your Drawer?

May 28, 2020
by Mark Seifarth

As each of us deals with stay-at-home – virus/illness, loss of job, loss of/no health insurance, working during the virus, death & dying, love/separation/loss, sunshine, outdoors, opening windows, and perhaps deepening love in time of separation – I have been pondering with my spouse (as we were apart for 3 months and together for now) what people reach for in time of trial and what one builds upon. READ THE ARTICLE

Tribute to Sue Willis

May 13, 2020
by DD Council Staff

This week, the disability community, family, friends and many others are mourning the loss of one of the most influential advocates for disability rights in Ohio. Sue Willis, a long-time friend and member of the Ohio DD Council, passed away. Sue was the Director of the AXIS Center for Public Awareness of People with Disabilities. Her career in advocating for people with disabilities spans decades. READ THE ARTICLE

Transporation Equity Forum

April 28, 2020
by Kathy Foley, SIL

In light of COVID-19 and wanting to ensure everyone’s health and safety, Services for Independent Living (SIL) is mixing it up a bit with their Northeast Ohio Transportation Equity Forum. We will be holding a series of webinars with regards to transportation issues. More to come on all the topics as we work with speakers to reschedule from an in-person format to a virtual format. We hope to have that to you shortly. In the meantime, join us for the first session and please mark your calendars for Wednesday mornings in June! READ THE ARTICLE

COVID-19 Resources

March 23, 2020
by DD Council Staff

Learn more about COVID-19 and the resources and assistance that is available for Ohioans with disabilities. Resources include easy-to-understand information, policy updates, videos and more. The list of resources keep growing, so please check back often. READ THE ARTICLE