DD Council Connection - September 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:


Ohio DD Council Seeks Input for Five-Year State Plan Survey

The mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

To do this, the DD Council identifies problems or needs that should be addressed. These problems or needs are agreed upon by Council members and identified in DD Council's Five-Year State Plan on Developmental Disabilities. This State Plan is used to create specific grant proposals.

The Five-Year State Plan Public Survey is the first step in identifying problems and needs. The DD Council believes it is important to know what people like you find important.

This survey is directed to three different audiences:

  • People with developmental disabilities
  • Family members and guardians
  • Professionals and other stakeholders

We will not ask for your name or any other information that could be used to identify you. This information is being provided in a confidential manner, and will only be used to help the DD Council develop their next Five-Year State Plan on Developmental Disabilities. The State Plan, agreed upon by Council members, is used to create specific grant proposals toward relevant projects across Ohio.

The survey is available online.

For more information, please contact Fatica Ayers at fatica.ayers@dodd.ohio.gov or call 614-466-5205 or 800-766-7426.


SIL Seeking Applicants for Fall Leadership Academy Session

Logo for the Services for Independent LivingServices for Independent Living (SIL) is now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 Leadership Academy Session.  The Leadership Academy is an eight-week course designed to help people with disabilities gain skills needed to participate on nonprofit boards, community coalitions, task forces, and/or system change committees in a meaningful way. The goal of the academy is to increase the number of persons with disabilities prepared to engage in community leadership roles.

The Fall 2019 session begins on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and ends on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. Upon completion of the Academy, SIL will work with participants to identify areas of interest and potential leadership opportunities. All participants will participate in a newly developed mentoring program.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2019.

If you would like an application and/or if you have any questions, please contact Laura Gold at lgold@sil-oh.org or 216-815-0015 (please leave a detailed message).  If you require the application and/or flyer in an alternative format, please let Laura know.

You also download the flyer.

The Leadership Academy is made possible by funding by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.


The State of Tech: Expanding Access

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Expanding the use of technology is promising to many people with developmental disabilities, but barriers continue to exist. Access to inexpensive, high-speed internet is often a problem, especially in rural areas of Ohio. Affordability of smart devices and assistive technology is also an issue. 

Read the third of a four-part series, The State of Tech: Expanding Access, to learn how organizations and state government are beginning to devote resources to bridge the digital divide caused by systemic issues and gaps in access to technology.


NCI Seeking Interviewers for National Survey

Photo of a woman interviewing a man.The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking for individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to be NCI interviewers. Interviewers will conduct face-to-face conversations with Ohioans with disabilities for the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult in Person survey.

Interviewers will be required to carry out at least 15 interviews per year. They will be able to schedule their interviews based on their availability, and must provide or arrange their own transportation. Each interviewer will be required to attend a paid training offered by the Nisonger Center.

Examples of survey questions:

  • Do you like your home?
  • Do you feel safe?
  • Do you have a paid job in the community?

You will receive $45 for each interview completed.

If interested please apply here: Nisonger Center - NCI Interviewer Application

You can also download the flyer.

For any questions, please contact Anna Sigman at 1-888-685-0984 or Annamarie.Sigman@osumc.edu.