Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Our Mission

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council - A Powerful Partner for People with Developmental DisabilitiesOur mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.

Our Members

The Ohio DD Council is made up of over 30 members, with the majority being people with developmental disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities who are appointment by the Governor of Ohio.

What We Do

The DD Council meets throughout the year to discuss disability-related issues and to identify grant projects that can improve supports and services for Ohioans with disabilities.

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council funds programs that enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilites with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion.


Executive Director Carolyn Knight interviewed about Council's commitment to inclusion

Ohio DD Council's executive director, Carolyn Knight, was recently interviewed by Spectrum News the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council's vision and work for the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of their lives. 

Click here to see the interview

Assistive Technology is covered by all DODD waivers

Picture of the back of an information card about assistive technology.Did you know that all Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) waivers can be used to purchase assistive technology? If you have a Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF), Individual Options (IO), or Level One waiver, you may be eligible to use your waiver to purchase assistive technology that meets your needs.

Coverage for assistive technology, or AT, is not new. The ability to buy and use AT has always been around, but it was put into other rules and services, such as Specialized Medical Equipment or Career Planning. Now it has its own service rule that includes requirements for consultations to evaluate a person’s needs, purchasing devices or services, and training and support once the device or service is received.

Under the new rule, AT is defined as any electronic interactive item that can help you increase or maintain your independence, skills, and involvement in the community. There are many ways to use AT, such as for completing work tasks, communicating with friends, or reminding you to take medication. All that’s required is an open mind to see how technology can best work for you.

You’re interested. What next?

If you receive services from a DODD waiver and are interested in seeing if assistive technology is right for you, here is what you can do:

  1. Think about what areas in which you would like to have more independence.
  2. Talk with your service and support administrator (SSA) about your ideas.
  3. Ask your SSA to set up meetings with technology vendors to see what AT is right for you.

Share this information with others!

The Ohio DD Council was pleased to partner with DODD to create an information card that covers the information provided in this article. You can either download the information card or request printed copies by calling the Ohio DD Council at 614-466-5205 or 800-766-7426.

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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council conducts outreach activities to identify individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who otherwise might not come to the attention of the Council. This population is considered to be the unserved or underserved population.

Learn more about Outreach to the Unserved and Underserved

Next DD Council Meeting

People attending a DD Council Meeting

Ohio DD Council Member Meeting
July 11 - 12, 2019
Embassy Suites - Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio

Membership Committee Meeting
July 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Embassy Suites - Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, Ohio

Meeting Agendas


Are you looking for conference, workshops, trainings, webinars, and to attend? Check out our Events Calendar! Our calendar is packed with events from other organizations around Ohio and online who provide information that may be of interest to people with developmental disabilities, their families and others. 

Check out the Events Calendar


Orange and green box with the word Newsletters.The Ohio DD Council offers three newsletters covering different areas of emphasis of our work. Click on the newsletter name to read current and past newsletters, and to find out how to subscribe.

DD Council Connection: This monthly newsletter provides information about Council's members, grantees, publications and more. 

ReachOut e-Diversity News: This bi-monthly newsletter provides information about Council's outreach efforts to the unserved and underserved populations, and information about diversity.

This Week in Public Policy: This weekly newsletter provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level of interest to people with disabilities.