DD Council Connection - September 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.

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Transportation Equity Forum Webinar Series Begins October 6

Picture advertising the Transportation Equity ForumsThe Ohio Aging and Disability Transportation Coalition (OADTC) will host a series of webinars in October on issues surrounding transportation equity. The series is designed to inform Ohioans who are aging and with disabilities on work being done on equity and access to transportation services.

The webinars will cover the following topics:

Tuesday, October 6, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST - Leveraging New Transportation Programs and Grant Opportunities to Bridge the Gap for Persons with Disabilities

  • Featured Speakers: Molly Black, Community Navigation Trainer and Coach at United Way of Greater Cleveland and Kierra Branch, Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) 5310 Program

Wednesday, October 14, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST - Impact that Transit has on Access to Economic Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and Identifying Barriers

  • Featured Speakers: Joshua Malloy, Community Organizer with Pittsburghers for Public Transit and Kevin Flynn, retired attorney.

Tuesday, October 20, 10:30 AM- 11:30 AM EST -  Unmet Needs in Transportation Services for Senior and Disabled Populations; Occupational Therapy’s Role in Senior Safe Mobility Disabilities

  • Featured Speakers: Elin Schold Davis, Practice Associate & Manager Community Access, The American Occupational Therapy Association Manager: (AOTA) Older Driver Initiative, and Deb Hill, Transit Planner at OMEGA, the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association

Those interested in attending are asked to pre-register for each session.

Funding for this series is provided through a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disability Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.


Upcoming Webinars Offer Support to Aging Caregivers

Logo advertising the COVID19 webinars for Aging CaregiversHamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services is offering several webinars in October and November on future planning for families who have an older caregiver. Register today for any of these FREE webinars.

10 Questions When Planning for the Future of Your Loved One with a Disabilities
October 1, 2020
10 - 11:15 AM or 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Trusts and STABLE Accounts - What Families Needs to Know
October 27, 2020
6:30 - 8:30PM

The Future is Now
Four part series held on November 10, 12, 17, and 19
6:00 - 7:30PM

Funding for these webinars is provided through a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.


Disability Rights Ohio Releases Plain Language Voter Guides

Be prepared for Election Day on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 by learning about your rights as a voter with a disability. Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) has released a new set of plain language guides with helpful information for voters with disabilities. The series includes:

  • Logo for Disability Rights OhioWhat 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?

These guides are available on DRO’s website.

Important dates to remember:


Applications Open for SIL’s Leadership Academy

Services for Independent Living - Ohio has opened applications for the Fall/Winter Leadership Academy. The eight-week course is designed to help individuals with disabilities develop skills to participate on nonprofit boards, community coalitions, task forces and system change committees.

The course will be held online from October 26 to December 14, 2020 on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm . The exact dates are October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14.

During the training sessions, participants will develop a basic working knowledge and understanding about topics related to serving on a board, coalition, task force or committee.  Training topics include the following:

  • Community Leadership
  • Disability History & Disability Advocacy
  • Functions of a Nonprofit Board
  • Government Committees, Nonprofit Committees, Commissions, Task Forces & Councils
  • Communications, Confidentiality & Board Ethics
  • Networking and Developing Community Contacts

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy, SIL will work with participants to identify areas of interest and potential leadership opportunities in the community. Leadership Academy participants will also be paired with mentors who are Leadership Academy graduates.

Any person with a disability who wants to learn how to make a difference and gain confidence and leadership experience in community decision-making on issues important to him or her. 

To apply, please contact Laura Gold for an application by calling 216-815-0015 or emailing lgold@sil-oh.org. The deadline for applications is October 9th.  Space is limited so we encourage you to apply early. If you need help filling out the application, please let Laura know.

Funding for this project is provided through a grant from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.