The Developmental Disability (DD) Advocacy and Awareness Day is an annual event that has taken place for over a decade at The Ohio Statehouse in March which is DD Awareness Month. The purpose of this event is to educate and empower people with developmental disabilities, their family members and other community allies to come together on a single day to advocate policy issues which impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
This event is funded by a grant from The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council’s (ODDC). ODDC is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. One of Council’s goals is to educate policymakers about how state government services and policies can be improved, expanded, or strengthened on behalf of people with disabilities. Council believes it is important for the policymakers of Ohio to hear the voices of people with disabilities and their families through this event.
The design of the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day is guided by a team of organizations who make up a planning committee and is executed by ODDC’s grant recipient. The 2016 grant recipient is the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA). Click here to learn more about this year’s planning committee member organizations.