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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 ›

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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It’s All About Kids preschool welcomes all kids, regardless of disability

When you walk into It’s All About Kids Preschool it appears to be just like any other preschool.  You can hear the sweet sound of children’s giggles, preschoolers sitting in brightly colored classrooms listening to their favorite stories, teachers patiently working with their students preparing them for the years of school that lie ahead of them.  What makes It’s All About Kids Preschool different is that it IS all about kids, whether they have special needs or not.  In the two-year old classroom you will find Joey, laughing and playing with his friends, and though he can’t talk or walk yet he gains new skills every day and his classmates know him as their friend. Read More ›

Summit DD Board Employees Genuinely Care About the People They Serve

“You can do it, Derrin! Great job!” Three voices cheer as Derrin starts moving his feet and propelling himself forward. Derrin, who had just been assisted from his wheelchair into a device called a pacer, can now move around the building using his own legs. “Come on, Derrin! You can’t catch me”, Richard, an assistant, calls to Derrin over his shoulder, as he jokingly challenges Derrin to a race. It is this type of teamwork between Derrin and staff that has helped Derrin, who has both physical and developmental disabilities, gain more independence. Read More ›

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