Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Seeks Members

There are two positions currently available for self-advocates on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, which works with policymakers, providers, and individuals to improve services and supports for Ohio residents with developmental disabilities. Applicants should have experience serving on committees, boards, or organizations. The application deadline is August 1, 2008.

ASAN Southwest Ohio encourages qualified autistic self-advocates to apply.

The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council (ODDC) is currently seeking applicants for membership terms beginning in October, 2008. Council membership must comply with categories listed in the federal DD Act. Openings this year will be for the following categories: a) two (2) individuals with a developmental disability, and/or b) two (2) parents or guardians of children with a developmental disability. It is possible that one (1) representative will also be selected from a non-governmental agency or private nonprofit group concerned with services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

All candidates for DD Council membership should have experience serving on committees, boards, or organizations. Such experience concerned with persons with developmental disabilities would be especially relevant. Applicants should have first-hand knowledge about developmental disabilities in Ohio.

It is very important that applicants have time to attend six meetings per year and serve on at least two committees. Each meeting of Council occurs over a two-day period.

Serving as a member of Council provides the opportunity to get involved and work in a collaborative manner with state and federal policymakers, state and local providers, and individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. Council advocates to improve the system of supports and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and it conducts grant activities for the same purpose.

Governor Ted Strickland will appoint members for three-year terms beginning October 1, 2008 and ending September 30, 2011. Application packets are available from the ODDC office and must be completed and returned to the office by August 1, 2008. Applications may be requested:

By mail: ODDC, 8 East Long Street, Suite 1200, Columbus, Ohio 43215
By phone: (614) 466-5205 or toll-free (800) 766-7426. If you are leaving a message, please spell out your name, and give your address including zip code, and phone number.
By email by contacting

1 comment:

Socrates said...

I'm impressed. As far as I'm aware there's nothing in the UK to compare to this. It's likely we're still several years away from the same level of involvement. I doubt much will happen before the publication of the Adult Prevelance Study led by Prof. Brugha in 2009. Nevertheless, we will not be waiting until then before acting. The Autism Hub have been working on plans for a conference at Cambridge University later this year as well as asking to present at the "Research into Practice" coference in September. Our voices will be heard.