Thursday, March 15, 2018

Matt Harrison appointed by Governor Kasich to represent Darke County on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Matt Harrison
The Ohio DD Council is one of a national network of state councils, committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. With the mission of creating change that improves independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life, the council members use their positions to advocate, initiate, demonstrate and educate society in order to improve Ohio’s capacity for delivering services to people with developmental disabilities.

Operating under the authority of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, the council is comprised of approximately 31 members, 60 percent of who represent people with disabilities, and parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities. Focusing on areas of interest including Assistive Technology, Children and Health, Community Living, Employment, Leadership, Outreach and Public Policy, each member must agree to serve on at least two subcommittees.

Although this is a huge endeavor that requires at least a 3 year term commitment, Mr. Matt Harrison is no stranger to donating his time for good cause. He has participated on the Darke County Advocacy in Action committee, the Darke County Aktion Club, and was an Ohio Leader through Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility). Also an avid donor with the American Red Cross, Matt is always open to giving back to his community. When asked what he is most excited about regarding his appointment to the council Matt stated “I feel awesome because I can use this position to advocate for change for individuals that don’t have as many options or opportunities as I do”.

Since 1987, March has been designated as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. This month is used to highlight the contributions and needs of the estimated 4 million Americans living with a developmental disability. As part of March Awareness Month, Darke DD would like to congratulate and highlight Matt on his appointment to the Ohio DD Council.

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