Ohio DD Talks

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Ohio DD Talks is a web series featuring stories and conversations of Ohioans with disabilities. 

Tune in about the 15th of each month for the newest episode on any of these channels.
You can also sign-up to receive an email notification when a new episode is available. 

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Share your story!

We want to hear from YOU! The Ohio DD Council is collecting stories to highlight on our website and would like to hear your. Perhaps you will even be invited to appear on the series! Share your story by completing a short online form: Ohio DD Talks Story Submission Form

This project was supported, in part by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, under grant number 17AC01FA20 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 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.

All Episodes

Check out all episodes of Ohio DD Talks. In addition to watching them on YouTube, you can listen to them on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.

Episode 1: Life During COVID19

June 2020: This episode features Council Members Morgan Gattermeyer and Dara Walburn, both self-advocates who share what they have learned during quarantine and what they are looking forward to.

What are others saying?

Read comments from people who shared what they have been doing during the pandemic and how they have been dealing with it:

  • "Nothing good comes from solitary confinement. And that is about what it's been like here." - Thomas
  • "Actively working on my book that I started 3 years ago. Not being able to go to my usual places has given me the time to focus and devote to this project." - Renee
  • "During this worldwide crisis it's more important than ever for people with disabilities to keep their voices heard - lest we're set on the shelf and forgotten among the mis of many other concerns during this time." - Renee
  • " My mind is on Best Buddy's and working to see my friends and helping my family. I can't wait untiil all this to be gone." - Robin
  • "I have been mowintg lawns. I have also been writing stories. I don't like not being able to do a whole lot of outings." - William

Episode 2: The Power of Advocacy

July 2020: To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Council Members Marci Straughter and Michael Denlinger, two community leaders and powerful self-advocates, share their journey in becoming self-advocates, what the ADA means to them and their advice for other advocates.

What are others saying?

Read comments from people about what the ADA means to them:

  • "It means that people help and restaurants change for people who arein a wheelchair. I can go into places that we couldn't go in before." - Viola
  • "The ADA means to me that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live, work and participate in their community. This law has given me the right to live in an apartment which is accessible for me so I can maintain my independence. I am thankful for the ADA also because it has provided me the opportunity for a college eduation." - Robert
  • "I don't wish to be disrepectful but ADA really doesn't mean much to me. On paper I have several rights, but in actual life, I have few. I feel a deep and profound sadness that laws are even needed in the first place." - Christine

Episode 3: How are People with Disabilities are #AbletoSave

August 2020: Council Member Morgan Gattermeyer spoke with STABLE Account Deputy Director Doug Jackson about STABLE accounts, saving money and becoming financially independent while not losing SSI or Medicaid benefits.

What are your experiences?

Please share your story with us by completing a quick online form: Share Your Story