Author Archives: Billie Jo David

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 ›

Summit DD and Help Me Grow Partner to Provide Seamless Early Intervention Services

When a family receives a diagnosis, or suspected diagnosis of a developmental disability, life takes on a new normal.  Normal becomes internet searches, insurance questions, paperwork, being put on hold, IFSPs, IEPs, and a constant wonder of what’s next.  There are no playbooks, rules or guides because every child and family are unique.  Normal also becomes celebrating little victories, teaching compassion and courage, and finding out that you and your child are capable of so much more than any search result would indicate.  You’ll also find that you are not alone.  In fact, you have a team.  Summit DD and Help Me Grow recently partnered to make that team stronger, and more seamless for you. Read More ›

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Do Sheltered Workshops Limit Opportunities for Inclusion? Olmstead Says Yes.

In 1999 two women with developmental disabilities spoke up for themselves and said that was not alright for them to be institutionalized when they could live in the community.  The Supreme Court agreed.   In Omlstead v. L.C., 527 U. S. 581, or the Olmstead decision, the Supreme Court held that Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the unjustified segregation of individuals with disabilities, providing Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson a chance to exercise their right to live in a community-based setting with supports.  In 2012, advocates working on behalf of more than 2,000 adults in sheltered workshops filed a class action lawsuit against the state of Oregon, stating that the services they received in those workshops unnecessarily segregated them.  The United States Court agreed. Read More ›

Service Coordinators are the Heart of our Agency

Service and support administrators, or SSAs, serve as the single point of accountability for more than 4,000 individuals served by the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board.  They provide information and referrals for recommended services.  They answer questions about services, supports and coordination.  They also assist individuals in accessing providers, programs and services. Read More ›

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