DD Council Connection - September 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:

Transportation Equity Forum Webinar Series Begin October 5

The Ohio Aging and Disability Transportation Coalition (OADTC) will host a series of webinars in October on issues surrounding transportation equity designed to inform Ohioans who are aging and with disabilities on work around equity and access.

The Coalition is offering a four-part series to inform and educate people about transportation options and how to utilize sources such as Mobility Managers and more. The webinars will be held on the following dates and times:

October 5, 2021

Title: A Deeper Look into Transportation Surveys: How Do They Help Our Local Communities?

Time: 10:30 PM - 11:30 PM EST

October 12, 2021

Title: Mobility Managers: The Link between Community Partners and Transportation Providers 

Time: 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM EST

October 20, 2021

Title: Improving access to transportation in Ohio’s rural communities

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM EST

October 28, 2021

Title: Technology and Transportation; The future 

Time: 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM EST


Registration is now open and available on Ohio DD Council’s website.

The Ohio DD Council Awards 18 New Grant Projects

It is the mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life. DD Council receives federal funding for innovative advocacy, capacity building and systems change activities. These activities are designed to contribute to a coordinated system of services, supports and other assistance that is centered around and driven by individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Ohio DD Council's work is driven by its Five-Year State Plan. The plan is developed by input from people with disabilities, family members and interested stakeholders from around the state. All projects described in the plan adhere to DD Council’s philosophy that people with developmental disabilities have the right to be productive, interdependent members of their communities and of society at large. The projects that fall under each committee represent activities related to Sections of the DD Act that governs what the Council is responsible for.

Beginning October 1, 2021, the grants for our 2022-2026 Five-Year State Plan will start. The Ohio DD Council is pleased to announce the following new grant projects. The Ohio DD Council has also created an Executive Summary of the grants which describes the goals of each grant, the amount of funding received and the duration of the grant.

Children & Health Projects

  • Empowering Families (Ohio Coalition for Education of Children with Disabilities)
  • Inclusive Recreation (Autism Society of Greater Akron)

Community Living Projects

  • DSP White Paper in Action (Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals)
  • Replicate and Expand Transportation Project (Hocking – Athens - Perry Community Action)
  • SOAR Ohio Project and Ohio Statewide Independent Council (The Coalition on Homeless & Housing in Ohio, Inc.)

Employment Projects

  • DB 101 Videos (World Institute on Disabilities)
  • Dollars and Sense (Web Wises Enterprises)
  • Employer Engagement (Disability:IN Ohio)
  • Employment Resources (Capabilities, LLC)

Leadership Development Projects

  • Emerging Advocates (The Ohio State University)
  • Empowering People with Disabilities (Ohio Self Determination Association and Services for Independent Living)

Outreach Projects

  • Detecting Specific Disorders for Amish and Non-Amish Communities (The DDC Clinic for Children with Special Needs)
  • Empowering ReachOut e-Diversity Newsletter (Outcomes Management Group)
  • Human Trafficking and Vulnerable Populations (The Switch National Anti-Trafficking Network)
  • Ohio’s LGBTQ Community and People with Disabilities (Kaleidscope Youth Center)

Public Awareness & Communication Projects

  • Public Awareness Using Digital Media for People with Developmental Disabilities (O’Neill Communications, Inc.)

Public Policy Projects

  • DD Advocacy and Awareness Day (LMK Advocacy)
  • General Assembly Briefing Sessions (LMK Advocacy)
  • Value of PWD – Vocational Apprenticeship/Legislature Utilizing Employment of People with Disabilities (Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities) 

Ohio DD Talks: Inclusive Recreation & The Importance of Play

Susan Monegan founded Mila's Hope and Rowyn's Dreams Playground, the FIRST all inclusive playground in all of Portage County, Ohio. Nate Turner spoke with Susan on inclusive recreation and why play is important for kids with and without disabilities.

Watch the episode here! https://fb.watch/8gsewBslnN/

Become a Tech Ambassador!

Southern Ohio Council of Governments (SOCOG) is recruiting additional Tech Ambassadors to join their team. One of SOCG’s primary goals is promoting assistive technology and remote supports to facilitate more independence for people with developmental disabilities. 

The Council is seeking motivated individuals comfortable with making presentations, sharing personal experiences related to assistive technologies, remote supports and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and \teams. Travel may be required and SOCOG will assist with transportation and lodging arrangements as needed. 

Specifically, SOCOG has an urgent need for people in northeastern Ohio, but anyone interested should apply. For more information:

Questions? Reach out to George Myers at george@ohiotechambassadors.org.

Grant Opportunity: Ohio Family Network (OFN) Expansion

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is seeking proposals from eligible applicants in northwest, west, east, and southeast Ohio to facilitate the expansion of Ohio Family Network (OFN) services, which will be led by people with developmental disabilities as well as their families and siblings and supported through collaborations with community partners. Family networks help expand access to information and training; foster connections to other people with developmental disabilities, as well as their families and siblings; and increase community engagement and capacity.

The goal of the project is to leverage the knowledge, diversity, and strengths of people with developmental disabilities, as well as their families and siblings, along with public and private resources, to establish an Ohio Family Network of services is are deeply integrated with neighborhoods and local communities.

Through the OFN, DODD expects local community partners will report an increased desire and ability to welcome and support people with developmental disabilities, as well as their families and siblings.

DODD encourages family organizations in northwestern, western, eastern, and southeastern Ohio to consider this funding and becoming a member of the Ohio Family Network. The deadline to submit an application/proposal is 12:00PM, November 19, 2021. Funding will be made available for two grants of $69,300 each with the project period of January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

For more information: DODD Grant Opportunies