COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron Bishop, commissioner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, will attend a joint meeting of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council in Newark on Thursday, July 14.
The meeting is being held at the Doubletree Hotel, 50 N. 2nd St.
Bishop is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.at the meeting, the first of its kind in the nation.
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council is one of a national network of state councils committed to self-determination and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to improve independence, productivity and inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and their families in community life.
The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council is committed to supporting full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.
Carolyn Knight, executive director of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, said the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council's strong record of collaboration with other organizations made Ohio the obvious host for the joint meeting.
"Commissioner Bishop emphasized from day one the need for collaboration between organizations like the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and groups working for greater acceptance in our communities of individuals with developmental disabilities," Knight said. "I think the hope is, 'As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.'"
The meeting runs from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
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SOURCE Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council