Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being individuals with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointed by the Governor of Ohio. By the direction of our members, the Ohio DD Council funds grant projects that aim to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion. Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

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Announcements

New Transportation Report Shows Impact of COVID-19, Need for Accessibility, & Improvements for Ohioans with Disabilities

January 21, 2022 — The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center (GRC), has released the 2021 Transportation Accessibility for Ohioans with Disabilities Report.

Transportation is consistently cited as the number one unmet need of Ohioans with disabilities. The Council partnered with GRC to develop and conduct an accessible statewide survey to better understand transportation issues for Ohioans with disabilities. 

The goal of the 2021 study was to answer key questions about the current status of transportation accessibility for Ohioans with disabilities, identify any new transportation challenges related to COVID-19 and help inform transportation stakeholders and policy makers and determine needed steps to further improve accessibility.

The 2021 survey was open to all Ohio adults with one or more disabilities and all Ohio transportation providers. As a result, this follow-up study reached a diverse range of people with disabilities and transportation providers across all regions of Ohio.

Both participants with disabilities and transportation providers highlighted several main themes that would greatly improve transportation for Ohioans with disabilities. Please see the full report for a complete scope of responses and recommendations.

 Read the report: Transportation Accessibility for Ohioans with Disabilities - 2021 Report

This report is a follow up to the 2017 study focused on transportation challenges for Ohioans with disabilities. The study was aligned with the Council’s mission to create change that improves the independence, productivity, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families in community life.


SAVE THE DATE for the 2022 DD Awareness & Advocacy Day!

Logo for the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day showing the Ohio StatehouseMark your calendars! The annual DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

People with disabilities and their family members are their own best advocates when it comes to educating members of the general public and policymakers. Advancements in public policy are due to advocacy by individuals with disabilities.

The DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is an organized event at the Ohio Statehouse for people with disabilities and family members and others. The event will be on the Internet for those who cannot attend in person. Speakers will be invited to talk about different disability issues. Everyone who comes to the Statehouse and wants to talk with their legislator will have a meeting scheduled for them. 

Registration will be announced at a later date on this website. You can also follow DD Awareness & Advocacy Day on Facebook for updates.

Upcoming Council Meetings

The following is a list of upcoming Council meetings. For more information, go to the Council Meeting Schedule web page.

February 3 – 4, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting

April 7 – 8, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

June 2 – 3, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting

August 4 – 5, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

October 6 – 7, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

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