Welcome to the August 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:
DD Council Releases Money Matters NOFA
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council released a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA). The Council is seeking applicants for its "Money Matters" grant for the 2019 calendar year, with the potential to be a three-year project. 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 are due by Friday, October 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
For more information, including how to apply, go to: https://www.ddsuite.org/?nofa_id=1510.
Questions? Contact Leslie Paull at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio DD Council Transportation Project Answers Demand for Public Transit
In 2010, the Ohio DD Council awarded Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action (HAPCAP) Program a to create a program that provides accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed, regardless of time of day. Funding continues for the grant due to the continued success and positive outcomes of the project.
Over 3,000 people with disabilities are in the Appalachia region of Ohio, and the grant supported accessible and affordable transportation services.
With Athens On-Demand Transit (AODT), the grant was available to provide and demonstrate its success in order to create regional or statewide accessible and affordable transportation services.
For $2 per one-way trip, the service has helped people with disabilities, seniors and veterans use on-demand transportation to get to work, doctors’ appointments and more. All vehicles are accessible, and AODT has already driven 121,000 miles in Athens County.
This idea came from a growing demand for public transit. While budgets shrink, the Ohio Department of Transportation developed a strategy to bring the most efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers alike.
Travel trends show that there is a definite rise in the need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Ohio’s transit agencies are struggling to fund these existing services, let alone meet the increased demand.
Through the grant’s goals, the Council aims to be on track to develop regional or statewide accessible and affordable transportation service. Additionally, it projects that 800 more individuals with disabilities will have access to affordable and accessible transportation.
Currently, HAPCAP is working to launch a pilot project that will allow for a fixed route from Nelsonville and Albany, greatly increasing access to transportation in Athens County.
Overall, the program has continued to see an increase in ridership; and has developed a community advisory group for AODT. Additionally, AODT is working to provide para-transit eligible rides to Athens Public Transit.
The work and impact of one of the Ohio DD Council's transportation grants was recently captured in a video interview done by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
You can read more about the "Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime" grant here: http://ddc.ohio.gov/Grants/Current-Projects/access-afford-trans.
New Online Map Lists Assistive Tech Lending Libraries in Ohio
Through a grant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), the Ohio DD Council has published a list of lending libraries across the State of Ohio. These libraries provide access to assistive technology, medical equipment and adaptive toys to support people with developmental disabilities.
The list of Ohio Lending Libraries is available online as an interactive online Google map. People can use the map to search lending library programs statewide or in specific regions, based on their needs.
OCALI assessed and compiled this information through an Ohio DD Council grant that concluded earlier this year called "Identification of Assistive Technology Loan Programs in Ohio." The goal of the grant was to develop a comprehensive list of assistive technology lending programs/libraries throughout Ohio and the services each provides so people with developmental disabilities can more easily explore assistive technology options.
"The interactive map identifying Ohio’s lending libraries is a first step toward educating people with disabilities about how to access technology in Ohio," said Kim Crishbaum, DD Council program staff. "We intend to develop more informational pieces and offer new grants based on the recommendations in OCALI's final report of their findings."
In addition to the map, the Ohio Lending Library list will soon be available to download in PDF and Excel formats. Theses formats will provide more detailed information about each library. A list of organizations providing assistive technology training opportunities will also be developed.
If you know of any lending programs that are not listed on the map, please let us know. Contact Kim Crishbaum at email@example.com.