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Ohio DD Talks Podcast

Ohio DD Talks is a podcast series featuring stories and conversations with Ohioans with developmental disabilities about current issues that are important to them. Advocates Nathan Turner and Marci Straughter are the hosts. All episodes are found on our YouTube channel and several audio streaming services.

Watch the latest episode - Council Member Highlight: Jennifer Kucera

January 2023: In this month's episode, hosts Nathan Turner and Marci Straughter meet with Ohio DD Council Member Jennifer Kucera. Jennifer shares about her role on Council and her own advocacy efforts.

Watch the video below. Or listen to the podcast on Buzzsprout.

We want to hear from you!

The Ohio DD Council is collecting stories to highlight on our podcast and would like to hear yours. You might even be invited to appear on the series! Interested? Complete a short online form: Ohio DD Talks - Share Your Story


Previous episodes

2022 Year in Review
December 2022: In our final episode for 2022, Nathan Turner spotlights some of his favorite Ohio DD Talks moments over the year with our captivating guests. 

The DSP Crisis
November 2022: The Direct Service Professional (DSP) crisis is no secret. The shortage of individuals who support people with developmental disabilities to live in their community of choice has been increasing over the years and has become more prevalent since the COVID-19 pandemic. Our host, Nathan Turner, sits down with Renee Wood, Advocate and former Ohio DD Council Chairperson, and Bethany Toledo, Executive Director at Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals to discuss the crisis and what we can do about it. 

All Things Voting
November 2022: With the midterm elections on November 8, what do people with developmental disabilities need to know to have their voice heard at the polls? How is voting a form of advocacy? And what plans do people with disabilities need to make when heading to the polls? Learn more from Disability Rights Ohio.

Navigating SSI/SSDI Benefits
July 2022: Learn about navigating SSI and SSDI benefits from Brandon Smith from the Social Security Administration and Candace Talty of the Ohio SOAR Program during this episode of Ohio DD Talks.

Ohio Advocacy Taskforce
June 2022: James Harley from the Ohio Advocacy Taskforce talks about the role of the Taskforce for people with developmental disabilities, obstacles faced by persons with a developmental disability in becoming a board member of their county board of developmental disabilities, and positive changes the Taskforce has seen.

Advocating for IEPs
May 2022: Mother-and-son duo, Jackie and Justin Martin, join host Nathan Turner in the latest Ohio DD Talks podcast to speak about advocating for IEPs and what parents need to know. Learn from the Martins experiences and advice!

Building Healthy Relationships
February 2022: Barbara Thomas, Executive Director, TECS Education Center and Founder and Director of Education, The TALL Institute talks about people with disabilities and how they can build and enjoy healthy relationships.

For more episodes, visit our YouTube channel or listen on Buzzsprout.