DD 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:
Ohio DD Talks: Back to School
Ohio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring conversations from Ohioans with developmental disabilities. New episodes are launched each month.
The latest podcast is a special two-part episode. Nathan Turner speaks to parent Brian Veith about being a parent of a child with a disability, preparing for heading back to school and starting the IEP process. Listen to the podcast here.
Remember, we want to hear your story. What has it been like for you and your child while virtual learning? What are you most excited about heading back to school? Share your story here
Last chance! Share your experiences with transportation access - and listen to others
Participate in a survey about your transportation experiences by July 31! Conducted by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, through a grant funded by the Ohio DD Council, the survey aims to better understand transportation equity and transportation access for people with disabilities in Ohio.
Who should take this survey?
- Ohioans ages 19 and older with a disability.
- A family member, friend, caregiver, or other person who is helping may respond on your behalf.
- Transportation providers who provide services to Ohioans with disabilities.
What will the survey ask you about?
- Types of transportation you use.
- Finding transportation to get where you need and want to go.
- How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your transportation choices.
- Communities you serve and services provided. (For transportation providers)
How do you take the survey?
The survey is found online at http://go.osu.edu/B7XY. The deadline to take the survey is July 31, 2021.
New publications offer advocacy help for Ohio’s DD community
The Adult Advocacy Centers (AACs) recently released two new publications to help people with developmental disabilities become better advocates:
An Advocacy Guidebook for People with Developmental Disabilities outlines strategies for developing advocacy skills and information to help victims of crime navigate the criminal justice system.
A Reference Guide to DD Self-Advocacy Groups in Ohio is a comprehensive list of contact information for statewide and county-level groups throughout the state. The publication is a joint effort between the AACs and Ohio’s DD Council, with support from the state’s independent living centers. Additional contributions to this list from the community are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of these publications is to inspire self-advocates to find more ways to come together and make their voices heard.
Council grant continues to demonstrate success: What Works for Work
A project previously funded by the Ohio DD Council to OCALI continues to make a positive impact on students with disabilities. The project, What Works for Work, involved the development of evidence based tools to assist professionals when working with students who are transitioning to employment. OCALI reports that their program has been recommended by the Ohio Department of Education for use with school districts and specifically with transition age youth in the 11 districts that were part of the Doe vs. State of Ohio settlement.
In addition, the evidence based practices research has been identified and validated by respected professionals in reputable organizations such as the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Learn more about What Works for Work from OCALI.
Broadband partnership opportunity available
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has established a new Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) which is a $7.17 billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) encourages providers, county boards, Councils of Government (COGs), family organizations, and other interested parties to partner with their local schools and libraries to apply for and access the ECF to provide needed broadband and technology for people with developmental disabilities.
The initial ECF Program application closes on August 13, 2021. During the application filing window, eligible schools, libraries, and consortia of eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
The FCC will host a public information session on ECF Frequently Asked Questions on Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The event will stream live at fcc.gov/live. Questions can be sent in advance to ECFwebinar@fcc.gov.
Learn more about the ECF.
For more broadband information, DODD has created a resource page for Discounts Available for Internet Services including the Emergency Broadband Benefit Flyer.
Celebrating 31 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
July 26th marked 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.
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. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
Read more about the ADA on the DD Council Digest Blog.