Archives by Month: May 2014

Summit DD Transitions Calico Center to Community-Based Childcare

Summit DD’s Calico center will transition to a new Community Partnership for Inclusion, or CPI, program called Paving the Way, beginning September 2014.

With integrated child care available throughout the County, Summit DD no longer needs to operate its own child care center, known as Calico, which subsidizes the child care costs of children who are not eligible for Summit DD services. Read More ›

informDD May 2014

informDD May 2014

With April showers taking over May, the best way to stay busy is by reading an exciting issue of informDD. This month we’ve got great updates on the nationwide Employment First initiative, an innovative Summit DD staff story and an article about a young man who’s impacting the world!

Summit DD Continues Path to Community Employment

“Employment First” is a national movement based on the idea that competitive employment in an integrated setting should be the priority outcome for people with disabilities. It’s been just over two year since Governor John Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order, making Ohio one of 26 states with an official Employment First Policy or legislation. Since then a statewide inter-agency Taskforce has been shaping the future of Employment First in Ohio, and their good work is already influencing Summit County. Read More ›

A Guide to Practicing Self-Advocacy: From Lindsey’s View

Lindsey has an important piece of advice to share with the world: “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed!” In other words, to get what you want, you have to speak up! Following this mantra at only 23 years of age, Lindsey is setting an example for what it truly means to self-advocate. She openly shares that she has faced many challenges over the years; however, this hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her goals. She recently presented and impressed her Individual Service Plan (ISP)team with ten pages—front and back—of progress reports and changes she wants to see in her life. With support from Summit DD and one of the Agency’s partnering providers, Blick Clinic, she is well on her way to achieving her dreams. Read More ›

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