DD Council receives federal funding for innovative advocacy, capacity building and systems change activities. These activities are designed to contribute to a coordinated system of services, supports and other assistance that is centered around and driven by individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council consists of at least 30 members appointed by the governor. Members are people with developmental disabilities, parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities, representatives from concerned state agencies, and nonprofit organizations and agencies that provide services to people with developmental disabilities.
These members bring their unique and varied perspectives to analysis of the system in Ohio and creation of visions and initiatives to insure that individuals with developmental disabilities have access to opportunities and support to:
To carry out its mission, Council develops a state plan, conducts advocacy and systems change activities, and funds projects.
Ohio's State Plan addresses most of the federal areas of emphasis:
Council operates through committees that deal with the areas identified in the state plan. Professional staff support the committees and handle day-to-day operations, administration, planning, advocacy, and project monitoring.
Council currently administers more than twenty-five projects (grants) that support ideas in the state plan designed to promote systems change. Each year, grant review panels award projects to successful applicants who have submitted proposals.
Projects related to the following topics are currently operating throughout the state:
Council members and staff serve on more than forty-five state boards, committees and other bodies to bring issues to Council, serve as advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and promote collaboration in improving and expanding services and supports.
The Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities assists Council as the designated state agency.
People with developmental disabilities have the right to be productive, interdependent members of their communities and of society at large.
The ODDC recognizes: