Author Archives: Tricia Perduk

Person First Language: A practical guide

The Importance of Person First Language

Words are powerful. They shape the way things or people are viewed. It’s important to think about how we phrase things when talking about disabilities or those with disabilities. Person first language is a respectful way to put the focus on the person and not the disability. Read More ›

Summit DD and First Things First Offer New Screening Tools for Families

Did you know that the first five years of your child’s life are among the most important for his development? Many times delays aren’t recognized until elementary school or later. But did you also know that there are free tools available to help you recognize if he is meeting his milestones, or identify areas where additional support can assist your family?  These important tools can help you get your little one off to the right start early on! Read More ›

Self-Advocacy

Self-Advocacy Resource Available for Local Citizens with Disabilities

Self-Advocacy is a powerful tool when used correctly. It can make preferences known. It can improve the quality of life. And for people with disabilities, it can help bring about lasting, positive change in society. All of this is why Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, made it a priority to go beyond simply promoting self-advocacy and created resources that others can use to teach or practice self-advocacy for themselves! Read More ›

SHDC Lowers Rent

Summit Housing Development Corporation, or SHDC, is a non-profit business providing housing for adults with developmental disabilities who choose to live in their communities with support, also known as congregate settings. Like the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, this provider is committed to supporting individuals in inclusive environments. SHDC owns 80 homes throughout Summit County, giving people the opportunity to live in the communities of their choice.

In recent years, SHDC has made a concerted effort to pay down debt on the mortgages of its homes. To date, 55 of their homes do not carry mortgages, and there are plans to pay off the remaining 25 in the next five years. This decrease in debt has allowed SHDC to do something almost unheard of … lower rents! Read More ›

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