Author Archives: Tricia Perduk

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Bridges to Transition: Preparation for Success

As a teenager, what did you dream about doing when you grew up?  Perhaps more importantly, how many times did you try something and then change your mind?  These ever-changing dreams led you to try new experiences.  Teens with developmental disabilities need the same opportunities to dream, try or change their minds along their journey to adulthood as their typically developing peers.  Thanks to an Ohio program, to date more than 1,200 Ohio youth with disabilities from 36 counties have participated in a program which enables them to explore and determine their own future. Read More ›

A Sense of Community

Each year Summit DD processes more than 1,400 referrals in the Intake department.  Of those referrals, many are found eligible and begin receiving services.  But what happens to those who for one reason or another do not qualify for services?  How do they find help?  The answer may surprise you. Read More ›

What 47% of Residents Don’t Know… yet.

Almost half of the residents of Summit County do NOT believe that children with special needs should be included in classrooms with their typically developing peers.  Although sentiment has improved over the past five years, this is a shocking and sobering statistic.  There is a great deal of work to be done in educating others about developmental disabilities and the importance of inclusion.  Summit DD’s CPI program was designed to do just that. Read More ›

Summit DD Celebrates DD Awareness and Urges People to Get the Facts

National DD Awareness Month began in 1987 through a proclamation issued by President Ronald Reagan.  His intentions were to mark the month through activities and efforts directed toward increasing public awareness about the needs of Americans with developmental disabilities.  In the proclamation Reagan urges Americans to increase awareness and support people with developmental disabilities. To date, much progress has been made with DD awareness, but there is still work to be done. Read More ›

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