DD Council Digest Blog Archive

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

Aging and Disability Transportation Forum Series

September 13, 2021
by DD Council Staff

Transportation has always been an issue, especially for those who are aging or have a disability. What can be done to improve this important issue? The Ohio Aging and Disability Coalition (an initiative of the Services for Independent Living) aims to answer this question and provide information to help others to take action! Read more...

Navigating the Maze of Getting Nursing Services

August 26, 2021
By Kim Shoaf, Council staff

The cover of the booklet called A Guide to Nursing Services in Ohio including a collection of pictures of people receiving services from healthcare providers.Imagine being a parent and finding out that your child has a permanent disability and complex medical needs. The disability may have happened at birth. Or the result of an accident. Or the aftereffects of an unexpected illness. You want what’s best for your child, but you know you will need extra support to ensure that happens. Read more...

Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

July 15, 2021
by Ohio DD Council Staff

July 26 marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act! This landmark civil rights law works to ensure all people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. ADA became law in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. Read more...

Research that Reflects the Rich Racial and Ethnic Diversity of People with Disabilities

June 21, 2021
By Kristi Hill, Deputy Director, ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research

As the largest funder of disability, independent living, and rehabilitation research in the U.S., we understand that structural racial inequities have shaped the research we have funded and the knowledge that our grantees have generated about the experiences and outcomes of people with disabilities. As a federal team and as a network of grantees across the United States, NIDILRR is actively re-envisioning the diverse, inclusive, and equitable disability research organization that we intend to be. Read more ...

Assistive Technology & Everyday Life

April 19, 2021
by DD Council Staff

Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) recently announced that Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted proclaimed April 14, 2021 as Ohio AT Awareness Day. This coincided with Congress designating that same day as National Assistive Technology Awareness Day. Read more about the importance and continued growth of assistive technology, including video messages from the directors of DODD and OOD, as well as an interview with AT Ohio's Executive Director Bill Darling. Read more...

Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention for People with Disabilities

April 12, 2021
by Ohio DD Council Staff

Sexual Assault Awareness Month, observed each April, is a campaign that aims to increase awareness about the causes and risk factors for sexual assault and empower individuals to take steps to prevent it in their communities. Learn about a guide is designed to help people with disabilities and others understand and identify sexual assault and other forms of abuse. Read more...

Apply to Become a Member of the Ohio DD Council!

March 24, 2021
by DD Council Staff

Want to make a difference for Ohio's disability community? Join the Ohio DD Council! The Ohio DD Council is recruiting new membership. Deadline to apply is April 18, 2021. Apply today for the chance to become a change-maker for Ohioans with developmental disabilities!


Celebrate DD Awareness Month!

March 11, 2021
by DD Council Staff

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! It’s a month to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. Learn about Ohio's annual DD Awareness & Advocacy Day that was held on March 2, an upcoming podcast that supports DD Awareness Month. and more.


Community-Based Options for People with Disabilities in Intermediate Care Facilities

February 24, 2021
by Disability Rights Ohio

Did you know that around 99% of Ohioans who choose to move out of their Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and into the community are happy with that decision?1 Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) wants everyone to have the opportunity to make that choice. To that end, DRO is planning virtual visits to several ICFs. We want to talk with ICF residents about opportunities to live and receive services and supports in their own home in the community.


Assistive & Supportive Technology Usage Grows During Pandemic

January 23, 2021
by Ohio DD Council Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic which began in 2020 brought to light the importance of technology as stay-at-home orders and quarantining forced people to learn how to use alternative ways to achieve their daily activities. Teleworking, virtual school, telehealth appointments, and video meetings with family and friends quickly became a part of daily life for all people. Read more about the impact of this change and what Council is doing to support people with developmental disabilities.


Be on the Alert for COVID-19 Scams!

December 28, 2020
by DD Council Staff

"A single dose of information can vaccinate you against fraud," said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in a recent press release that urged Ohioans to be alert of COVID-19 vaccine-related scams. New scams are emerging that are related to the vaccine distribution. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) also issued a fraud alert that focused on scammers targeting older adults and people with disabilities. And the U.S. Office of Inspector General provides tips to detect fraud along with a hotline to call.


How Can YOU Become a Council Member?

December 8, 2020
by DD Council Staff

The Ohio DD Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being people with developmental disabilities. Members are appointment by the Governor of Ohio. What do members of the Ohio DD Council do? And how can YOU become a member?


Caregiving in Crisis

November 16, 2020
by DD Council Staff

Every November, National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) recognizes and honors family caregivers across the country, led by Caregiver Action Network. This year's theme is "Caregiving in Crisis" and recognizes the new realities family caregivers face with their loved ones during these uncertain times caused by the pandemic and other changes in society.


DD Councils and P&As: Trailblazers for Inclusion

October 30, 2020
by Administration on Community Living

This month we celebrate two milestones for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and the country: 50 years of State Councils on Developmental Disabilities and 45 years of Protection and Advocacy (P&A) systems. As two parts of the trio of programs that make up the Developmental Disabilities Act network on the ground in every state and territory, these programs have worked alongside individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their families to increase opportunities for community living. 


Become an Ambassador for Charting the Lifecourse!

October 14, 2020
by Nisonger Family Support Network of Ohio

The Ohio Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families, led by a collaboration of Project Lead Partners (PLP) seeks to increase the capacity and community of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) in Ohio. PLP is offering an Ohio CtLC Ambassador Training Series, at tremendously reduced cost, led by the LifeCourse Nexus at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Learn about how to apply to join the Ohio Ambassador Series! 


Know Your Voter Rights

October 6, 2020
by DD Council Staff

Be prepared for Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by learning about your rights as a voter with a disability. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) has released a new set of plain language guides with helpful information for voters with disabilities. In addition, the Ohio DD Council has gathered a list of voter resources helpful for you. 


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. 


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.


Attention SSAs: Boost Your AT IQ—for FREE!

July 28, 2020

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. 


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! 


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.


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.


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!


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.