DD Council Connection - October 2020

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:


Don’t Forget - Election Day is November 3rd

Election Day is November 3, 2020

If you have not voted yet, and are planning to on Election Day, be prepared by learning about your rights as a voter with a disability. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) offers plain language guides with helpful information for voters with disabilities. The series includes:

  • What is Disability Rights Ohio?
  • How Can DRO Help Me If I Have Trouble Voting?
  • Why Is It Important to Vote?
  • Who Has the Right to Vote in Ohio?
  • What Are the Different Ways I Can Vote?
  • What Information or Documents Do I Need to Vote in Person?
  • Will COVID-19 Affect My Right to Vote?
  • How Do I Get Registered and Ready to Vote?
  • What Kind of Help Can I Get When I go to Vote at the Polls?

The complete guides are available on DRO’s website at https://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/voting.

Disability Rights Ohio is mandated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (PL 107-252) to advocate for the rights of Ohio voters with disabilities and to assist the Ohio Secretary of State in fulfilling the Secretary's obligations to those voters under the federal law. 


Webinar Alert: Consolidated Planning - Getting a Seat at the Table

The Consolidated Planning - Getting a Seat at the Table webinar will describe the process of consolidated planning, which is critical in advocating for the funding and development of affordable, accessible housing for people with disabilities.

Participants will get an overview of housing needs from a national and state level. Presenters from some of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities also will discuss how they participated in the process to receive funding for the development of housing.

1.5 hours of DODD approved CEUs for county board SSAs have been approved.

Funding for this event is provided by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council through the “Maximizing Resources and Changing Public Policy for Housing for Adults with Disabilities” grant project.


Become an Ambassador for Charting the LifeCourse

Logo for the Charting the LifeCourse AmbassadorThe Ohio Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families seeks to increase the capacity and community of Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) in Ohio. To do this, Project Lead Partners (PLP) is offering an Ohio CtLC Ambassador Training Series at tremendously reduced cost. The training services will be led by the LifeCourse Nexus at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Members of the Ohio CoP for Supporting Families strive to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). CoP serves as a resource to connect with other people who support Ohioans with disabilities and their families throughout the state.

Interested applicants should review the information that outlines the purpose of the CoP and CtLC within Ohio, the composition of the Ambassador Training group, member responsibilities, and the review and selection process.

If you have any questions, or would like to use an alternative application process, such as large print text or a paper application, please contact Tracey Manz, Nisonger Center at 614-293-2134 or Tracey.Manz@osumc.edu.

Learn more and apply here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ehchkau1kg0wlwb6/a01a8kgqv0xqp/questions

The CoP is led by a collaboration of Project Lead Partners (PLP) from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the University of Cincinnati UCEDD at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and The Ohio State University Nisonger Center. 


Ohio SILC Accepting Applications for Emergency Preparedness Grants

The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council has issued two Notices of Funds Available (NOFA) for grants related to emergency preparedness. Applicants for these funds must be a 501C3 non-profit organization that serves individuals with paralysis. Multiple organizations may be chosen to receive funding.

The first grant will create opportunities for non-profit community organizations to distribute funding for ramps and home modifications to Ohioans with paralysis. Applicants are asked to develop a process that identifies specific needs of people within their community to safely maneuver within their home and exit their home in case of an emergency, and to reduce barriers to access emergency services.

The second grant will create opportunities for Ohioans with paralysis, and their family/support systems, to increase the education and development of skills needed to appropriately respond in the event of an emergency or disaster including preparation, response during, and recovery in the aftermath.

Applications are due by November 9, 2020.

Visit Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council to read the complete NOFAs, including how to apply: http://www.ohiosilc.org/grants-and-requests-for-proposals/


NDEAM Month Comes to a Close

October is the annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year marks the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM, which is administered by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). 

Each October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices. In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988, and changed the commemoration to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

This year’s theme was “Increasing Access and Opportunity” and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council supports this theme in the work achieved through the Council’s Employment Committee. The mission of the Employment Committee is “to improve and expand opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in the community to the best of their ability.” This is achieved by offering competitive grants to organizations to work on specific ideas to make employment more available and meaningful to Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

Learn more about NDEAM at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam.