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

Learn more about the Ohio DD Council


Notice of Funds Available from the Ohio DD Council

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) issued a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) on Monday, April 25, 2022 for a new project opportunity, "Inclusive Sports." 

Students with disabilities experience significant barriers when attempting to access health and wellness activities.Typical barriers include:

  • Individuals aiding individuals with disabilities lack awareness on how to involve them on teams.
  • There are few opportunities and programs for training and competition for students with disabilities.
  • Facilities are often not accessible.
  • Information and services that promote health and wellness are not designed to consider the preferences and needs of youth with disabilities.  

To assist youth with disabilities to participate in sports in the way they want and with whom they want to participate, ODDC will support a project that will create and/or expand opportunities for youth with disabilities to participate in an inclusive sport program.  

Read the full text of the NOFA to learn about the intent and scope of the project and how to apply. A complete description of this project, known as the State Plan Language, is included as part of the NOFA on www.ddsuite.org.  

Applications for this project are due at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, July 1, 2022. The project is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2022 and run until September 30, 2023. 

Advocating for IEPs

Mother-and-son duo, Jackie and Justin Martin, join host Nathan Turner in the latest Ohio DD Talks podcast to speak about advocating for IEPs and what parents need to know. Learn from the Martins experiences and advice!

Ohio DD Talks is a web series featuring stories and conversations of Ohioans with disabilities. Tune in each month for the newest episode on any of the channels listed below. You can also sign-up to receive an email notification when a new episode is available.

Empowering Families Project

If you are a professional who supports underserved students in a school district in the Columbus or Dayton area, the Family Advisory Committee invites you to share your perspective for the Empowering Families Project.

The project is funded by the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, and its objective is to increase and improve families’ access to knowledge and supports in special education.

As a member, you would be asked to:

  • Attend 2 virtual one-hour FAC meetings per year;
  • Advise and provide input and feedback as we develop materials and trainings;
  • Advise on where trainings will be held and in which format (e.g., in-person; partially in-person or remotely via the computer); we will provide information, support, and trainings; and
  • You will be compensated for your time with a $25 stipend for each meeting attended.

If you are interested in being a part of the Family Advisory Committee, please contact: Celia Schloemer at (513)-636-4723 or celia.schloemer@cchmc.org.

The Family Advisory Committee is a collaboration of three organizations: the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD), Disability Rights Ohio (DRO), and University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCCEDD).

Council Meetings Schedule

The following is a list of upcoming Council meetings. For more information, go to the Council Meeting Schedule web page.

May 27, 2022
2:00 - 3:00PM
Clear Language Subcommittee Meeting

June 2 – 3, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting

August 4 – 5, 2022 
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

October 6 – 7, 2022
Council Committees and Business Meeting 

Disability Inclusion Access

The State of Ohio is a disability inclusion state and strives to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities. Our agency is proud to support the disability inclusion initiatives outlined for state agencies, boards, and commissions, in accordance with Governor Mike DeWine’s Executive Order 2019-03D. Click here if you need assistance accessing our services.