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Meet the Inspiring Game Face of an Entrepreneur

When it comes to inspiring others, Todd Eisinger is “all business” — literally! Todd is the President of Inspires 2 Aspire, an inspirational communications company that produces greeting cards and posters with positive messages. Through his cards, Todd shares personal achievements and experiences to help people — with and without disabilities, alike — realize that life is full of opportunities! 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 ›

Visionary Partner Offers Innovative Idea

Summit DD’s Transportation department recently began a project regarding cameras on the Agency’s buses.  The security company shocked us by not only solving the need for quality security, but also offering an idea that furthers the Agency’s vision of inclusion and integrated employment.  How did Media 144 Security Solutions do this? The owners suggested using this project as an opportunity for vocational exploration.  Their remarkable idea is now providing hands-on training that could lead to competitive employment. Read More ›

For the Love of the Games

Athletes are always looking for their next big challenge.  Alexis is no different. Though she competed in three different sports during this year’s Summer Games for the Ohio Special Olympics, she’s already looking to next year for her next challenge. Read More ›

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