DD Council Connection - April 2022

logo of dd council connection newsletter bannerDD 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. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter. Please share your thoughts, story ideas and event calendar submissions with us at DDCInfo@dodd.ohio.gov.

This month's articles include:


Annual Consumer Satisfaction Survey on Its Way

If you are a grantee receiving funding from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, your grant may have been chosen to be a part of this year’s Consumer Satisfaction Survey.

Those on the list to be surveyed include:

  • Empowering Families
  • Emerging Advocates
  • Replicate and Expand Transportation Project
  • Mentoring and Career Development
  • Expanding the Amish Community Project
  • DD Awareness and Advocacy Day

The survey, conducted by the Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University, helps the Council examine its goals and determine customer satisfaction which is required by the federal Developmental Disabilities Act.

If you are contacted by Matthew Stephens of the Nisonger Center, please be ready to provide the names and ways to contact stakeholders who are participating in your project or those who are receiving information from your project. These stakeholders can be people with disabilities, family members or professionals.

The survey begins in May and will run through August. If you have any questions, please contact Fatica Ayers at fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov.


Share Your Perspective for the Empowering Families Project

If you are a professional who supports underserved students in a school district in the Columbus or Dayton area, the Family Advisory Committee invites you to share your perspective for a project funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the Empowering Families Project. The project’s goal is to increase and improve families’ access to knowledge and supports in special education.

The Family Advisory Committee is a collaboration of three organizations: the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD), Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), and University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD).

As a Family Advisory Committee member, you would be asked to:

  • Attend 2 virtual one-hour FAC meetings per year;
  • Advise and provide input and feedback as we develop materials and trainings;
  • Advise on where trainings will be held and in which format (e.g., in-person; partially in-person or remotely via the computer); we will provide information, support, and trainings; and
  • You will be compensated for your time with a $25 stipend for each meeting attended.

If you are interested in being a part of the Family Advisory Committee, please contact: Celia Schloemer at (513)-636-4723 or celia.schloemer@cchmc.org.


Ohioan Appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

President Joe Biden has appointed Jordyn Zimmerman, who interned with Disability Rights Ohio, to his President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Zimmerman, a non-speaking student with autism, was denied access to effective augmentative communication until she was 18 years old when she challenged the educational status quo, which is featured in the 2021 documentary, This Is Not About Me.

The President’s Committee on People with Intellectual Disabilities serves as a federal advisor to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on matters relating to persons with intellectual disabilities. Zimmerman will serve a two-year term along with 20 other citizen members.

Zimmerman has her bachelor’s degree in Education Policy from Ohio University and a Master’s in Education from Boston College. She also serves on the board of CommunicationFIRST, the only nonprofit organization protecting and advancing the civil rights of more than five million individuals in the United States who, due to disability or other condition, cannot rely on speech alone to be heard and understood.


Ohio DD Talks: It’s IEP Season

It's IEP season! This month's Ohio DD Talks meets with Jackie and Justin Martin, a mother-and-son duo who have been strong advocates for Justin's education. They talk to Nate Turner about how they advocated for Justin's IEP, why it was important to have Justin in the room, and what advice they have for parents. Watch the episode: It's IEP Season.

DD Talks features our Council members, agency leaders and YOU - people with developmental disabilities, family members, and community members.  We want to collect your stories and perhaps even have you on the series! If you’d like to share your story, simply submit an online form and we will be in touch with you.