How can YOU become a Council member?

December 8, 2020
by DD Council Staff

Council members visit Washington DCWhat do members of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council do? And how can YOU become a member? Read on to learn more!

The Ohio DD Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being people with developmental disabilities; parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities; and representatives of private agencies serving people with developmental disabilities. These people are appointment by the Governor of Ohio. Representatives from various state agencies also serve on Council.

The role of Council members is to help the Ohio DD Council achieve its mission to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in 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.

Being a member of the Ohio DD Council not only helps Council to achieve its goals, but also helps Council members learn how to be stronger advocates and to stay informed about issues that affect people with developmental disabilities. It’s a great way to advocate for disability-related issues, meet agency leaders and other community leaders across the State.  

Council members and DODD Director Jeff DavisBut don't take our word for it! Instead, listen to what our members have to say. Visit our YouTube channel to view videos of many of our past and current members talking about what being a Council member means to them and what they have learned from their experience as a member.

People interested in becoming a member should complete applications to both the Ohio DD Council and the Governor. Applications are reviewed by the Council's Membership Committee. The Committee makes recommendations to the Governor for who to appoint. The Governor has the final decision in choosing who he/she will appoint as a member of Council. Learn more on how to apply to become a member

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