Welcome to the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council - A Powerful Partner for People with Developmental Disabilities

Our Mission

The mission of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is to create change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life in Ohio.

Who We Are

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 appointed by the Governor of Ohio.

What We Do

The Ohio 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 developmental disabilities. We fund projects that enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities with an emphasis on self-determination, diversity and inclusion.

Ohio DD Council Needs Your Input!

The Ohio DD Council is seeking input from Ohioans with developmental disabilities, family members, guardians, professionals and other stakeholders for its Five-Year State Plan. The input will help to identify problems and needs that should be addressed for the disability community across the state.

Please take our survey to help Council develop projects to make a better, more inclusive and integrated Ohio. No personal information to identify you is collected so your responses are confidential. The deadline to take the survey is January 31, 2020.

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of your opinion by taking this survey:

Click here to take the survey

Council News and Highlights

Council wraps up 2019 with retreat

Picture of a room with large number of Council members listening to a presentation

In early December, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council held its annual retreat meeting, a time for Council members to hear from advocates, experts and others about emerging issues, future plans and accomplishments related to improving services and supports to people with developmental disabilities. All presentations were highly informative and provided an opportunity for Council members to voice their opinions and share their own stories and ideas.

Guest speakers included Christopher Milo, Council members, and representatives from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (including Director Jeff Davis), Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Ohio Provider Resource Association and the National Association of Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Read more about the retreat

Council launches Food Desert article series

Logo for Ohio's Food Desert Article SeriesThe Ohio DD Council presents Ohio’s Food Desert Crisis, an article series that aims to educate and inform people about food deserts and their impact on low-income communities affecting unserved and underserved individuals across Ohio, including those with developmental disabilities.

There are four articles in the series:

  • Recognizing a Food Desert
  • Impact of Food Inaccessibility
  • Impact on Physical and Behavioral Health
  • Community-Minded Solutions

Read the first article of this series, Recognizing a Food Desert, here: https://ddc.ohio.gov/food-desert-series-1

The State of Tech information brief series now available in printer-friendly version

Logo of the state of Ohio and the words The State of TechThe Ohio DD Council's online information brief series, The State of Tech, is now available in PDF as an easy-print option for you to print for yourself and share with others. 

The series was launched in the summer of 2019 and 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. The Ohio DD Council wrote this four-part series to help bring more awareness about this issue.

Download the PDF of the entire series here: The State of Tech

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Council Meetings

March 4, 2020

Legislative Advocacy Day
Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, Ohio

March 5 - 6, 2020

Regular Council Meeting
Crowne Plaza North - Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43229

2020 Meeting Schedule


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Interested in family support trainings, transition bootcamps, assistive technology fairs, guardianship workshops, and much more? Check out the events being offered by disability-focused agencies and organizations throughout Ohio.

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