Press Release from the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
February 4, 2021 (Ohio) — Governor Mike DeWine has appointed three new members to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council), the state’s disability advocacy agency whose mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity, and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.
The new appointees from across Ohio fill several open positions on the Council. They include:
- Annette L. Wood of Akron (Summit County)
- John Banchy of Cincinnati (Butler County)
- Jodi L. Young of Columbus Grove (Putnam County)
In addition, the Governor re-appointed Pamela Green of Cincinnati (Hamilton County) for another Council term.
“The experiences of these new members will help us in our commitment of self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities throughout Ohio,” said Carolyn Knight, executive director of the Ohio DD Council. “We are excited to welcome them to the Council.”
The Ohio DD Council is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. The Council has over 30 members of which 60 percent represent people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities. The remaining members include representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations and agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities.
For more information on the Ohio DD Council, visit ddc.ohio.gov.
About Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. By the direction of our members, the Ohio DD Council funds grant projects that aim to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion.