Friday, June 16, 2017
The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council
Welcomes new
Executive Director, Jeremy Morris

Gahanna – Jeremy Morris, currently the Executive Director of the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton, has been named the next Executive Director of the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Morris officially assumes this new role on July 3, 2017.

“The Governing Board of the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) unanimously selected Mr. Morris. He has a vision for the independent living movement and he has the capability to collaborate with the Centers for Independent Living so we can all collectively do our absolute best work,” said Board Chair, Arthur Schlesinger. “Mr. Morris is committed to strategically guiding our efforts so we can advance the needs of people with disabilities.”

Mr. Morris’ background uniquely positions him to assume this post as OSILC Executive Director. With his commitment to the core values of the independent living movement, as well as his meaningful relationships with center directors, staff, agency partners, community and state leaders, Mr. Morris can lead the organization into expanded opportunities for people with disabilities.

“I’m honored to serve Ohioans with disabilities at a statewide level,” said Morris. “It is humbling to work in this field with people that have a contagious passion for helping people help themselves. I look forward to furthering our work and maximizing the benefits of consumer control and independence, yet promoting a community spirit of inclusion. I fully believe what we do is an extraordinary gift not only for the individual with the disability, but also for our society.

Morris has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron. He worked with the Western Reserve Independent Living Center in Youngstown for 8 years as the Finance Coordinator and most recently served as the Executive Director for the Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton.

The Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council (OSILC) was established in 1992 by the Governor’s Executive Order in accordance with amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires states to create a council for federal funding eligibility.

OSILC believes in the philosophy of consumer control, peer support, self-determination and equal access. OSILC connects, empowers and supports individuals to become fully integrated within their own communities OSILC fosters opportunities so centers can have the best environment possible to help individuals with disabilities.

Centers for Independent Living are local non-profit organizations run by people with disabilities to assist people with disabilities to live as independently as possible with the following core services:

  • Information and referral services
  • Independent living skills training
  • Peer counseling
  • Individual and systems advocacy
  • Transition assistance from nursing homes and other institutions to community based residences
  • Assisting individuals to avoid institutional placement
  • Transition of youth with significant disabilities after completion of secondary education to postsecondary life.

For more information, please contact Art Schlesinger at the Ohio Statewide Independent Living Council, 670 Morrison Road, Suite 200, Gahanna, Ohio 43230, 614.892.0390.

Image of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Youth Leadership Forum's logo The OOD Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with Disabilities
Mentoring Event
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites – Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43119

Designed to help high school students with disabilities learn and make decisions regarding their career choices, the YLF mentoring event will give students the opportunity to experience a key strategy for career exploration – networking. They will also develop interviewing skills and begin building a personal network of contacts who can assist them in achieving their future goals. Mentors will discuss qualifications, necessary skills, working conditions, wages, hours, advancement opportunities and more about their career field.

RSVP by July 21, 2017 to Donna Foster, 614-438-1394

For additional information, visit

ADA Columbus Celebration logo ADA Columbus Celebration
Vendor Fair at Columbus Commons
Thursday, July 27th, 2017
11AM- 2PM

As part of the Celebration of the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability-related Agencies, Organizations and Providers are invited to be part of a Vendor Fair.

A Columbus Commons Concert event is scheduled for the evening of July 27th beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the Floorwalkers. Individuals are welcome to return for it, but our ADA Columbus Celebration Vendor Fair activities will conclude at 2 p.m.

Map to Columbus Commons

Accepting Applications for 2017 Annual Awards

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) annually recognizes businesses, groups and individuals who have significantly contributed to employment opportunities and community involvement for people with disabilities. It is anticipated that their example will inspire others in both the public and private sectors to realize ability rather than disability as the most important factor in employment and community inclusion.

Click here for more information.

Applications are now being accepted for OOD’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)

Ohio YLF is a five-day leadership training program for 11th and 12th grade students with disabilities who are interested in developing their leadership ability. It will be held in Columbus from July 30th through August 3rd.

At YLF, student delegates from all over the state learn about choosing a career, the history of disability as a culture, available technology and resources, and self and systems advocacy. Students are introduced to professionals with disabilities and have an opportunity to develop their own Personal Leadership Plan to reach goals in their education, employment and community development.

Students who are not already working with OOD will need to apply for VR services. Interested students must mail a completed application packet to OOD no later than March 31st. To complete the application and for additional information, visit


JANUARY 25 and 26 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
MARCH 15 and 16 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
MAY 17 and 18 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS
JULY 19 and 20 – Destination meeting – Location TBD
SEPTEMBER 19, 20, 21 – Annual Meeting -Location TBD
NOVEMBER 15 and 16 – OSILC office – COLUMBUS

All meetings (with exception of Annual Meeting) will take place on Wednesday and Thursday at the OSILC office 670 Morrison Road, Suite 200, Gahanna, OH 43230, 800-566-7788 or 614-892-0390, unless advance notice is given.
The meetings on the first day are committee meetings and will usually be held from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Second day Business meetings are 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.
Special meetings may be called as needed.
Please remember that all OSILC functions are scent–free.