DD Council Connection - February 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:


Empowering Families Project

Picture of a woman in a wheelchair sitting at a desk using a laptopIf 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 the Empowering Families Project.

The project is funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, and its objective is to increase and improve families’ access to knowledge and supports in special education.

As a 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.

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).


Nisonger Center Seeks Input for its Five-Year Plan

Logo for The Ohio State University Nisonger CenterEvery five years, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), revises its strategic plan and updates what they will work on for the next five years. They are seeking input from Ohioans with developmental disabilities, family members, services and supports providers, professionals, and other interested stakeholders. They need your ideas about what would make things better for Ohioans with a developmental disability and what is needed to better support their learning, independence, health, and employment options to lead a happy life.

Please complete the Needs Assessment survey by March 11, 2022. Survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Here are the links to the survey:


Ohio DD Talks - Building Healthy Relationships

Barbara Thomas, Executive Director, TECS Education Center and Founder and Director of Education, The TALL Institute based in Cincinnati, joins the Ohio DD Talks podcast this month to talk about people with disabilities and how to build healthy relationships. 

Ohio DD Talks is a web series featuring stories and conversations of Ohioans with disabilities. Tune in each month for the newest episode on any of the channels listed below. You can also sign-up to receive an email notification when a new episode is available. 


Logo for the Ohio Department of Developmental DisabilitiesDODD Seeks Feedback from Families

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is asking families of people with disabilities to take a short survey about what DODD family resources they use and how they were involved with DODD during the past year. The results will inform DODD how to best support families in 2022.

This survey closes March 18, 2022.

Take the survey


Logo for the Ohio Department of HealthHelp Improve Emergency Preparedness Planning

The Ohio Department of Health is inviting Ohioans living with a disability and family caregivers to help make sure that the needs of people with disabilities are included in emergency preparedness planning. The Ohio Disability and Health Program and the Association of State and Territorial Officers (ASTHO) invite you to apply for this paid opportunity.

Learn more and take a survey to submit your application.