Outreach Publications

Autism Minority Outreach Initiative: A Living Beyond Autism Project

1-in-68 U.S. children is diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder. African-American and Hispanic children are diagnosed later in life compared to white children, according to national research. Proper diagnosis, early intervention, and lifelong treatment are critical to support a person living with autism. This project aims to help raise awareness about autism within minority communities throughout Ohio. Published in 2015.


Reaching Out: Making an Impact in Ohio's Unserved Communities

This publication describes several of the projects done by the Ohio DD Council to reach out to the unserved and underserved populations. Articles include:

  • Ohio DD Council's Outreach Efforts Extend from Amish Communities to Inner City
  • A Decade After Commitment by Ohio DD Council, Progress Being Made with State's Underserved
  • Columbus Couple Launches Minority Autism Awareness Program

The publication also provides information that defines community outreach. Published 2002.

ReachOut e-Diversity News

This is a bi-monthly newsletter sponsored by the Council’s Outreach Subcommittee to provide information on the need to promote more interagency collaboration and coordination that results in agencies providing culturally competent services to the unserved and underserved populations in Ohio. Join the e-Diversity email list to subscribe to receive email notification when new editions are available.

Click here to read current and past editions of e-Diversity News

SomaliCAN Newsletter

The purpose of the SomaliCAN Newsletter was to make the Somali community aware of policies and common practices that are insensitive toward people with developmental disabilities and their families and to highlight information on resources, employment prospects and stories regarding culturally competent services. The grant supporting this project ended in 2016.


The Impact of Our Work: Evaluating the Outreach of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The Ohio DD Council contracted with the Outcomes Management Group to evaluate DD Council's outreach efforts to unserved and underserved populations. A report of the findings provides information about 10 targeted grants, and includes the determined overall outcomes, defines operational best practices, benchmarks Council's efforts to other state councils, and determines how best to move forward. Published June 2017.


Triple Jeopardy: African American Women with Disabilities

The “Triple Jeopardy” initiative was designed to give voice to African-American women with developmental disabilities, between the ages of 18 and 60, who are unserved or underserved. Through a series of focus groups, the initiative sought to (1) stimulate public awareness of the issues surrounding women in “triple jeopardy”, (2) identify gaps and barriers that exist for these women, and (3) provide the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council with recommendations on how best to meet the formal and informal community support needs of the women. The information gathered through the focus groups was also compiled as a basis for ideas on possible research needed on the effectiveness of existing formal/informal community supports. This report provides a backdrop for understanding what is a developmental disability, and then chronicles the stories of the women participating in the focus groups. Finally, the report presents the proposed recommendations. Published September 2003.