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Green and Clean Day 2015!

Every year on the first Friday in May the Downtown Akron Partnership hosts Green and Clean Day. It’s an opportunity for members of our community to beautify Akron while enjoying a beautiful summer day with friends. Read More ›

Is it a Behavior Issue or a Disability: How to Tell the Difference

Could my 18-month old son’s biting be a sign of a disability?  Is my 2-year old daughter’s hitting something more than just frustration and being a toddler?  If my almost 4 year-old isn’t potty trained, could something be wrong? Is it a behavior or a disability?

Often the line between a behavior issue and a disability is not clear or easily defined, which can be challenging for a parent. As the community resource for developmental disabilities, we are here to help you navigate the process. Let us guide you to address concerning behaviors or offer the early intervention supports you and your child need to be successful.   Read More ›

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Summit DD Plans for Evolution of Developmental Disability System

Ohio’s system of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities is entering a new period in its evolution.  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the County Board system as we know it, are preparing for change to comply with new federal Medicaid Rules and changes proposed in the Governor’s budget.  The expectation is that there be an even greater focus towards inclusion and community involvement for all persons served.  Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) is building on a rich history of support and involvement from the community to increase access to integrated, community-based services that connect individuals to full, equitable lives that achieve their personal vision of health, happiness and success. Read More ›

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A Message from the Superintendent: Our Journey Continues

For those who have been a part of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities for any length of time, you know that the system has been ever changing.  From the early days of institutionalization and isolation from the community to neighborhood housing and community employment, the lives individuals are living and the systems that support them have come a long way.  Like all things, however, the journey never ends, and the opportunities to be even better are always present. Read More ›

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