DD Council Connection - May 2019

logo of dd council connection newsletter bannerDD Council Connection is a way for the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to introduce to you our Council members, provide updates on the work we do and the grant projects we manage, and inform you on the activities and initiatives of Ohio's community of self-advocates and others who work on behalf of people with disabilities and their families. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter. Please share your thoughts, story ideas and event calendar submissions with us at DDCInfo@dodd.ohio.gov.

This month's articles include:


Medina County Board Seeks Remote Support Survey Input

The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is in the process of conducting a baseline assessment as part of the Remote Support Grant that the board received from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of this survey is to determine strengths and needs of using Remote Supports, so that interventions can be developed that help meet the needs of individuals.

The county board is hoping to gain a better understanding of how to help individuals become more independent using Remote Supports. This survey is open to families, individuals, staff, providers and anyone else from any county in Ohio who wants to provide input on Remote Supports.

This survey will take approximately 10 minutes and all responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to take the survey is Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 

Click here to take the survey


Assistive Technology Covered by DODD Waivers

Picture of the back of an information card about assistive technology.Did you know that all Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) waivers can be used to purchase assistive technology? If you have a Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF), Individual Options (IO), or Level One waiver, you may be eligible to use your waiver to purchase assistive technology that meets your needs.

Coverage for assistive technology, or AT, is not new. The ability to buy and use AT has always been around, but it was put into other rules and services, such as Specialized Medical Equipment or Career Planning. Now it has its own service rule that includes requirements for consultations to evaluate a person’s needs, purchasing devices or services, and training and support once the device or service is received.

Under the new rule, AT is defined as any electronic interactive item that can help you increase or maintain your independence, skills, and involvement in the community. There are many ways to use AT, such as for completing work tasks, communicating with friends, or reminding you to take medication. All that’s required is an open mind to see how technology can best work for you.

You’re interested. What next?

If you receive services from a DODD waiver and are interested in seeing if assistive technology is right for you, here is what you can do:

  1. Think about what areas in which you would like to have more independence.
  2. Talk with your service and support administrator (SSA) about your ideas.
  3. Ask your SSA to set up meetings with technology vendors to see what AT is right for you.

Share this information with others!

The Ohio DD Council was pleased to partner with DODD to create an information card that covers the information provided in this article. You can either download the information card or request printed copies by calling the Ohio DD Council at 614-466-5205 or 800-766-7426.


TechSummit Coming to Columbus

The second annual TechSummit 2.0 will take place in Columbus, Ohio on June 21 at the Crowne Plaza - Columbus North. This event is sponsored by The Ohio State University Nisonger Center with funding from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

The event will focus on technology that benefits people with developmental disabilities. Attendees will hear from families, sample technology, and listen to and visit with experts about technology and technology services. This year, the TechSummit will host two tracks of presentations. Individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, and professionals won’t have any difficulty finding presentations that interest them!

Breakout sessions include:

  • Technology Scaled to Size
  • Technology at Work
  • Our Tech Resource Oasis: Disability Cocoon & The Arc of Ohio
  • Experience-based Insights: Gradual Change and Early Adoption
  • Behavioral Support through Technology
  • Assistive Technology Across the Disability Spectrum

The topic of the keynote speech is the Virtual Emergency Room by Matthew Kaufman, MD. He is the CEO of Station MD.

Click here for the complete speaker list and to register


About Council - The Purpose of Council’s Committees

The Ohio DD Council operates through committees that focus on issue areas identified in the DD Council's State Plan. The committees meet during the two-day DD Council meetings which are held throughout the year. The following is a list of Council's current issues committees include:

  • Children & Health
  • Clear Language
  • Community Living
  • Employment
  • Leadership Development
  • Outreach
  • Public Policy
  • Technology & Communication

Each committee sets priorities and advocates for people with developmental disabilities in the committee's area of concern. They make recommendations for projects and activities that impact systems change, funding, legislation, public awareness, position statements, and public policy to carry out the priorities of the committee.

Members of the Ohio DD Council are required to serve on at least two committees. The Council chairperson appoints the chair and vice-chair for each committee. The responsibilities of the chairperson include leading the meetings; working with staff to plan agendas; facilitating discussion to include all committee members; providing leadership to the committee in setting priorities; and reporting out to the full DD Council during the Business Meeting.

Each committee is assigned a Council staff person to support the committee’s work. Council staff handle day-to-day operations, administration, planning, advocacy, and project monitoring for the committees. Click here to learn more about each of Council’s committees.

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