Notice of Funds Available: Data and Policy Research Grant
July 31, 2019: The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce a new Notice of Funds Available. The Council is seeking applications for the Data and Policy Research Grant, a project of the Council’s Public Policy Committee. The research topic for this project is Employer Resource Networks. The Council is seeking an independent evaluation of ERNs to determine their effectiveness at retaining employees in the position of Direct Support Professionals and to examine other aspects of ERNs. This 1-year grant project will be funded by the Council in the amount of $100,000. There are no restrictions on who may apply for a DD Council Grant.
More information about this NOFA can be found at https://ddc.ohio.gov/Portals/0/nofa-data-policy-7-31-19.pdf. To apply for this project, go to https://www.ddsuite.org/.
Questions about this Notice of Funds Available should be direct to Paul Jarvis at (614) 644-5545 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Ohio DD Council launches "The State of Tech" information brief series
On July 31, 2019, the Ohio DD Council launched The State of Tech, an article series that aims to educate and inform people about the impact of technology advances and the digital divide on Ohioans with developmental disabilities.
When talking about technology and people with developmental disabilities, people often think of assistive technology, such as screen readers and switch-enabled devices. In recent years, advancements in mainstream technology have made off-the-shelf tech devices, such as smartphones and voice assistance devices, usable by people with disabilities. This is a huge step toward narrowing the “digital divide”, which is a term to describe the gap between those who have ready access to computers and the internet, and those who do not.
The articles will be released once a month and will also share ways individuals, self-advocates, and family members can get access to information about using tech in their everyday life. There are four topics covered in this series:
- Technology Access in Ohio (published July 2019)
- Getting and Communicating Information: (coming in August 2019)
- Expanding Access (coming in September 2019)
- Teaching Technology (coming in October 2019)
The first article is available now. Read it here: Technology Access in Ohio