DD Council Connection - May 2021

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:


Share Your Experience with Transportation Access

Logo for Transportation Access Survey for Ohioans with DisabilitiesYou are invited to participate in a survey about your transportation experiences! Conducted by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, 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

For questions or if you would like a paper copy of the survey to return via mail or to take the survey via telephone, please contact Ann Robinson at Ann.Robinson@osumc.eduThe deadline to take the survey is July 31, 2021.

This project is conducted by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center, supported, in part by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, under grant number 18PP05SC21 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.D. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.


Family Training Focuses on Communication and Conflict Resolution

Photograph of two hands and a sparkler.Could your family benefit from learning more about communication and conflict resolution? Consider taking part in a FREE training offered by the Notre Dame SPARC Project.

Over the course of a four-week program, families in the SPARC project get information about conflict and how it can impact marital, parent-child and sibling relationships. Your family will also learn how to resolve conflict and have more productive conversations as a couple and with your typically developing teens. Participation also includes:

  • Access to research-based information about family communication and conflict
  • Contributing to research by completing surveys and Zoom sessions with our team
  • The chance to earn up to $370 for completing the program

Who is eligible to participate?

Couples who are married living together with a typically developing child between the ages of 10 and 18 AND who have a child of any age who has an intellectual or developmental disability.

How do I access the training?

The training is offered virtually so you can attend while at your home.

Where do I find out more information?

To learn more, contact the SPARC Project by either at ndsparc@nd.edu or by phone at 260-226-6363. You can also fill out an online application form at https://nd.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Xnu4E04XpSgwER.


DD Council Hosts Bidders Conference

Graphic of the words Notice of Funds AvailableOn April 7, 2021, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council issued a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for multiple projects of the Council's 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan. All applications for these projects are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, July 2, 2021. Each awarded project is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2021 and run until September 30, 2026, unless otherwise noted.

For those interested in applying for any of those projects, the DD Council held a virtual Bidders Conference on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 and Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The Bidders Conference was for people and organizations who would like to apply for a DD Council grant offered in the Five-Year State Plan. Attendees had the opportunity to talk with Council staff about the intent, purpose and expectations of the grant you are applying for. Staff also discussed the application process.

Bidders Conference Resources

If you are applying for a grant and missed the Bidders Conference, you can access these resources from the conferences:

Questions? Contact Fatica Ayers at fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov or 614-644-5543.


Ohio Celebrates Its Third Year as a Tech First State

Ohio Technology First logoIn May 2018, Governor John Kasich signed the Technology First Executive Order 2018-06K, making Ohio the first Technology First state in the country. The order emphasizes the expansion of access to technology for people with developmental disabilities. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is the lead agency working on technology projects and continues to work with other organizations, including the Ohio DD Council, as well as individuals with disabilities to expand access to people with developmental disabilities across the state of Ohio.  

You can learn more about the Ohio’s Technology First Initiative here: https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/resources/tech-first/tech-first.


Human Trafficking Resources

Picture of the cover of a Human Trafficking booklet from the Adult Advocacy CentersHuman trafficking affects all communities and people, including people with disabilities. The following are two places that provide resources that provide important information and resources on identifying and preventing human trafficking.

Adult Advocacy Centers recently released a new publication, Human Trafficking Guidebook for Victims with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive, foundational resource that includes resources that are currently available in Ohio for human trafficking victims with disabilities. 

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilties also provides information about human trafficking prevention on its website, including how to report suspected human trafficking.