Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the DD Council Connection newsletter!
DD 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. You can also read previous issues of DD Council Connection here: http://ddc.ohio.gov/News-Media/Newsletters/oddc-news.
This month's articles include:
Family Resource Network of Ohio aims to help families support families
The Family Resource Network of Ohio (FRNO) is a website for families to discover resources and connect with other families. The FRNO focuses on providing the tools for families to support other families, and to empower families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Ohio. Features of the website include:
Family Forum: An online discussion room where families can talk about different topics. Topics include early childhood, school age, transition and more.
Resources: Dedicated sections on the website to search for supports and services resources, products, media and events. Visitors can also submit resource suggestions for inclusion on the website.
Charting the LifeCourse tools: Charting the LifeCourse is a national model created to help individuals and families of all abilities, and at any age or stage of life. The purpose is to help people develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.
Visit the FRNO website at https://www.frnohio.org/.
The FRNO website was developed as part of Ohio’s Community of Practice for Supporting Families and Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities initiative by The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center and through a grant funded by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Ohio is one of six states involved in a national project called the Community of Practice (CoP) for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities. Each state received grant funding to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The CoP in Ohio is unique because it focuses on all families with a member with a disability, not just those who receive formal supports.
Ohio’s CoP for Supporting Families includes joint participation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities (DD) Council. Ohio DD Council’s executive director, Carolyn Knight, and one of Council’s policy analysts, Kay Treanor attend the lead team meetings and the state CoP meetings to provide input and guidance for the CoP process.
The CoP Supporting Families project for all participating states is operated under a grant awarded to National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Read more at http://supportstofamilies.org/.
Celebrating Direct Support Professionals
In September, Direct Support Professionals (DSP) were honored for their dedication and commitment to working with and supporting people with developmental disabilities live independent and meaningful lives.
But, there is a national crisis that needs attention. Across the country and Ohio, there is a need for DSPs - good, hard working individuals who do meaningful work. In an effort to address Ohio’s developmental disabilities system’s workforce crisis, the Ohio Providers Resource Association (OPRA) launched DSPOhio.org, a statewide DSP recruitment effort that connects potential employees with provider employers.
Additionally, OPRA is hosting the 2018 OPRA Fall Conference on October 25, 2017 which will provide insight and information on working as a DSP in Ohio. The deadline to register is October 19. For more details, visit http://www.opra.org/2018-opra-fall-conference/.
Grant Opportunities from Ohio DD Council - Deadline is October 5
The Ohio DD Council has two Notice of Funds Available (NoFA) to advance its mission to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 5, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.
Data and Policy Research Grant
The Council is seeking applications for a research grant on disability policy-related matters. The Council has developed 12 research topics that applicants can choose from when applying for the grant. Applications should focus on one topic and be written to that topic. The grant amount is $50,000.
Applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 5, 2018. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019 and run until December 31, 2019.
For more information: Data and Policy Research Grant NOFA
Questions should be directed to Paul Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Literacy Grant
The Council is seeking applicants for its "Money Matters" grant for the 2019 calendar year. The grant amount is $85,000 of federal funds per year.
The purpose of the project is to improve the economic stability and advancement of people with disabilities by improving their financial literacy. Activities will target people with disabilities, their families, service providers, youth with disabilities, and un/underserved individuals.
Applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Friday, October 5, 2018. The awarded project is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019 and run until December 31, 2019. The grant has the potential to be a three-year project.
For more information: Money Matters NOFA
Questions should be directed to Leslie Paull at email@example.com.
Join AT Ohio for its Grand Re-Opening
Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is officially re-opening its doors with a brand-new layout and new devices - and they want you to be a part of it!
Assistive technology devices can be life-changing, but these devices can also be very expensive. AT Ohio offers a large library of assistive technology devices for you to try, free of charge, so you can see if these devices fit your needs before purchasing.
Join AT Ohio and fellow community members on Friday, October 12, 2018 to check out the new space and new devices that allow Ohioans with disabilities live their most independent life.
What: AT Ohio Open House / Grand Re-Opening
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 (Brief presentation at 3:00)
Questions? Contact Bill Darling, Ph.D. of AT Ohio at 614-292-7721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistive Technology of Ohio (AT Ohio) is a federally funded nonprofit organization that is part of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. AT Ohio is the officially designated Tech Act program for Ohio. Learn more about AT Ohio at https://atohio.engineering.osu.edu/.