Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Graphic for the March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with the theme of Supports Matter.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible! The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has chosen Supports Matter as the theme for 2019.

Visit this web page, our Facebook page and our Twitter page throughout the month to discover resources, stories and more from around the state and the country on how supports matter by enabling people with disabilities to become a part of their community. #DDawareness19

Supports Matter

The following are resources that inform about how supports matter to people with developmental disabilities. We will be adding to the list throughout the month.

We encourage you to send us your stories, resources and pictures to add to our list by emailing

And remember to post information on your own personal social media pages, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you do, be sure to use the hashtag #DDAwareness19 to join in on the conversation with the rest of the country!


Community Employment

Community employment is a high priority for many people with disabilities. And with the appropriate supports and services it can happen! Read stories of how several Ohioans with disabilities found and work at jobs (that they enjoy!) in their communities.

Read these booklets:

Community Inclusion

Living Independently in the Community

Many people with disabilities want to live independently in the community. And with the right supports and services, that can become a reality! Read a publication written by the Ohio DD Council that highlights several individuals who successfully transitioned to independent living. Read the booklet: Transition to Independence

Everyone Wins When Everyone’s Included!

What does inclusion mean to you? That's the question posed to people with and without disabilities in this video celebration of National Developmental Disabilities Month. View the video:

Just Like You!

Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Life Side by Side:

Inclusion Today - Community for Life

From Georgetown UCEDD, when Megan Scully's four month old son, Danny, was diagnosed with a developmental disability resulting from genetic brain lesions, two of the first questions she asked the doctors were, "Would he ever go to school?" and "Would he ever make friends?" Find out how it happened:

Public Policy

DD Awareness and Advocacy Day

On March 5, 2019 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, the Ohio DD Council joined with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Provider Resource Association, the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the Ohio Self Determination Association for the 2019 DD Awareness and Advocacy Day. The day started with an hour-long event of speakers on different topics that affect Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The following Fact Sheets, including talking points, were created for the people who registered and scheduled a time to speak with their representatives the afternoon of the day of the event.

For more information about the event: DD Awareness & Advocacy Day

OCALI's Office of Policy

In recognition of DD Awareness Month, the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)'s Office of Policy has been coordinating with multiple organizations and agencies to maximize the opportunity to educate policy makers about the challenges, opportunities and possibilities for Ohio’s DD community, its stakeholders and its supporters. Take a look at their new webpage of resources and information about these efforts and more at


Blog: Ohio First in Assistive Technology

Technology is becoming an important and - many times - a fairly inexpensive way to provide supports for people with developmental disabilities to live more independently. Read what Shari Cooper of Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley has to say in her blog about the importance of technology and how Ohio considers "Technology First" for people with disabilities.

Read Shari's blog: Ohio First in Assistive Technology

Editorial: Home Healthcare can be Better with Technology

The Columbus Dispatch published an opinion editorial about how technology can help improve services to people with disabilities receiving home healthcare services. The author points out that there is still a need for providers to be there in-person in certain cases, but combining providers and technology can be a win-win for all involved.

Read the editorial: Home Healthcare can be Better with Technology

Ohio's Technology First Initiative

In 2018, Ohio's Governor signed an Executive Order to name Ohio as a "Technology First" state for people with disabilities. Under the Technology First Executive Order, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is working with county boards of developmental disabilities to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with disabilities. The executive order is not a technology-only policy but aims to help people learn more about how to use technology to improve their quality of life and how they can experience more independence and personal freedom. 

Read more about remote supports and the Tech First initiative: Technology First

Online Guide to Assistive Technology Lending Libraries

This online guide provides downloadable documents and an online Google map to increase awareness and access to resources from lending libraries of assistive technology for Ohioans with disabilities. 

For more information: Online Guide to Assistive Technology Lending Programs in Ohio

Using Technology with Evidence Based Early Intervention Video series

This video series shows how video, video conferencing, and related technologies can improve access to, and the quality of, supports for families as well as better enable teams to practice evidence-based early intervention services. 

Links to video are found here: EI Video Series

Other Resources

Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Disability Related Acronyms

As a self-advocate, you probably hear and read many acronyms used in the disability field. This brochure provides an index of disability-related acronyms and their meanings.

Read the booklet: Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Disability Related Acronyms