The mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (Ohio DD Council) is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life. The Ohio DD Council operates under the authority of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (DD Act) and is a part of the Ohio DD Network. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities assists and supports the Ohio DD Council as the federally mandated designated state agency.
Our Members and Staff
The Ohio DD Council has over 30 members. Sixty percent represent people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointed by the Governor. The remaining members include representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations and agencies providing services to people with developmental disabilities. Professional staff support the Council's members and committees and handle day-to-day operations, administration, planning, advocacy and project monitoring.
Ohio DD Council members, staff and stakeholders work together to identify a problem or need that should be addressed for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. These issues are agreed upon by Council members and identified in the Ohio DD Council's Five-Year State Plan. The State Plan is used to offer specific grant projects to create systems change and promote independent living in an inclusive community for Ohioans with developmental disabilities. See our Annual Report for examples of our work. Stay informed about Council's activities and projects by receiving news and alerts from us.