DD Council Connection - February 2019

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:


Tune into DD Awareness and Advocacy Day

Taking place during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the 2019 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day comes to the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday, March 5. More than 500 individuals from across the state will attend the kickoff event at the Ohio Statehouse, and more than 400 have volunteered to meet with their legislators and bring attention to issues affecting people with disabilities.

Advocates across the state who cannot be present can still participate by watching the Live-Stream of the event. Tune in to the Ohio Channel at 10:00 a.m. to hear and see the great speakers for DD Awareness and Advocacy Day.

Ohio’s new Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted will be the featured speaker at this year’s event.  Additionally, the following leaders will share their stories and importance of advocacy:

  • Treasurer of State Robert Sprague & STABLE Account Holder Travis Dresbach
  • Director of DODD Jeff Davis & Director of OOD Kevin Miller
  • Chair of DD Council Public Policy Committee Dara Walburn
  • Disability Cocoon Founder Dustin Wright

Shari Cooper will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for this annual event. The theme for 2019’s DD Awareness Month is Supports Matter!

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Where: Watch a live-stream of the event on the Ohio Channel.


Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a national campaign to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible! The Ohio DD Council has chosen Supports Matter as the theme for 2019.

Visit our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter page throughout the month to discover resources, stories and more from around the state and the country on how supports matter by enabling people with disabilities to become a part of their community.

We encourage you to participate in DD Awareness Month too! Send us your stories, resources and pictures by emailing kimberly.crishbaum@dodd.ohio.gov. And remember to post information on your own personal social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you do, be sure to use the hashtag #DDAwareness19 to join in on the conversation with the rest of the country!

For more information

Visit our DD Awareness Month page.


Disability Tech Fest comes to Columbus

Disability Cocoon, an organization focused on education and the exploration of technological supports for people with developmental disabilities, will hold Tech:Fest Columbus on March 21.

The one-day technology festival will focus on technology for people with disabilities and included several short presentations/demos, disability technology expert sessions, innovation-storming sessions, food trucks, games and much more.

This is the second techfest for Disability Cocoon. It hosted its first Tech Fest in Cincinnati last year to a great success.

Michael Denlinger, Ohio DD Council member, participated in the first conference. He learned about technologies that go beyond tools like Alexa or Google Home that can support an independent way of life.

He learned about the Lean On Me app that allows individuals to be in touch with families and caregivers, while still remaining independent. Additionally, he met with Scioto, a company in Ohio that helps people with disabilities get their own homes.

The event is designed for disability professionals, self advocates, family members and anyone interested in disability services.

Event Details

Date and Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 21

Location: VUE Columbus, 95 Liberty St, Columbus, OH 43215

Cost: $37 for people with developmental disabilities and family, $147 for professionals

Register here: http://disability-cocoon-tech-festival-columbus.eventcreate.com/


About Council: The role of Council members and how to become a member

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.

But 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.

Apply to be a Council Member

People interested in becoming a member need to complete applications to both the Ohio DD Council and the Governor. Applications are reviewed and a Nominating Committee of the Ohio DD Council will meet to discuss the applications and make recommendations to the Governor. The Governor has the final decision in choosing who he will appoint as a member of Council. Learn more about the process and get the applications here: https://ddc.ohio.gov/Council-Members/New-Member-Application.