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. Through our work, the Council aims to:

  • Advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
  • Initiate programs that enrich their lives.
  • Demonstrate a consistent commitment to our mission.
  • Educate about disability rights and the importance of self-determination.
  • Encourage diversity and inclusion through our membership and activities.

Our mission is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.

Grant Opportunity

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What: Data Policy and Research Grant on transporation challenges for Ohioans with disabilities
Amount: $75,000
Grant duration: January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Details: Read the official Notice of Funds Available (NOFA)
Deadline to apply: Friday, October 2, 2020
To apply: Complete online application on DD Suite

Upcoming Council Meetings

Council Members must attend the committees they signed up to be on and all Full Council Business meetings. However all members and the public are welcome to attend any meetings.

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 11:00 AM
    Outreach Committee
  • Friday, September 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM
    Clear Language Subcommittee
  • Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM
    Children & Health Committee
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 (time TBA)
    Executive Committee - Continuation Grant Reviews
  • Friday, December 4, 2020 (time TBA)
    Full Council Business Meeting

For meeting login instructions, agendas and to see the complete 2020 schedule, go to the Council Meeting Schedule page.

Ohio DD Talks

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A monthly talk show video series, also available as a podcast, featuring DD Council members and others around Ohio.

Most recent episode: 
How are People with Disabilities #ABLEtoSave

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Latest News from Ohio DD Council

Apply for the Services for Independent Living (SIL) Leadership Academy

Published September 18, 2020

Services for Independent Living (SIL) invites you to apply to the Fall/Winter 2020 session of SIL’S Leadership Academy. This is an eight-week course designed to help individuals with disabilities develop skills needed to participate on nonprofit boards, community coalitions, task forces and system change committees in a meaningful way.

This online course will be held from October 26 through December 14, 2020 on Monday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm (October 26; November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7, 14). During the training sessions, participants will develop a basic working knowledge and understandinServices for Independent Living logog about topics related to serving on a board, coalition, task force or committee. 

Training topics include the following:

  1. Community Leadership
  2. Disability History & Disability Advocacy
  3. Functions of a Nonprofit Board
  4. Government Committees, Nonprofit Committees, Commissions, Task Forces & Councils
  5. Communications, Confidentiality & Board Ethics
  6. Networking and Developing Community Contacts

Upon completion of the Leadership Academy, SIL will work with participants to identify areas of interest and potential leadership opportunities in the community. Leadership Academy participants will also be paired with mentors who are Leadership Academy graduates. 

Any person with a disability who wants to learn how to make a difference and how to gain confidence and leadership experience in community decision-making on issues important to him or her is encouraged to apply.  

To apply, please contact Laura Gold for an application by calling 216-815-0015 or emailing lgold@sil-oh.org. The deadline for applications is October 9, 2020. Space is limited so apply early. If you need help filling out the application, please let Laura know.

If accommodations are needed to attend or participate in the meetings, please contact Laura Gold with all requests at least two weeks in advance if possible. 

Learning about Guardianship and Housing Needs

Published September 15, 2020

When can guardianship be utilized to assist with housing needs for a person with a developmental disability? The answer and more was covered during a Zoom video conference call featuring Derek L. Graham of Resch, Root, Philipps & Graham, LLC.

During the presentation, Graham discussed the nuances and differences of "Guardianship of Estate: and "Guardianship of Person," as well as background and general information about guardianship. Check out the documents shared during the meeting and listen to a recording of the Zoom meeting.

Ohio DD Council grantee Bob Laux of Wild River Consulting Corporation organized the presentation as an activity of the Council's "Maximizing Resources and Changing Public Policy for Housing for Adults with Disabilities" grant.