Stories – Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board http://www.summitdd.org Serving Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:18:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A King Unites Our Community http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/king-unites-community/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/king-unites-community/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:10:00 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2866 In late October, hundreds of Summit County residents flocked to Cuyahoga Falls for a royal celebration—Kenny King’s 70th Birthday Bash. Kenny, also known as The King of the Falls, has been the heart and soul of his city for decades.… […]

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In late October, hundreds of Summit County residents flocked to Cuyahoga Falls for a royal celebration—Kenny King’s 70th Birthday Bash. Kenny, also known as The King of the Falls, has been the heart and soul of his city for decades.

Presented with a crown, an honorary medal, and the key to the city, Kenny was celebrated by the people he’s touched over the years. From police officers and fire fighters, to friendly neighbors and even the city Mayor, there was no shortage of smiling faces.

Weeks before, Don Walters, the Mayor of Cuyahoga Falls, kicked off an online fundraising effort to help fund Kenny’s Birthday Bash—asking people to “Come Celebrate a Legend” on YouCaring.com.

“I was surprised,” shared Kenny, “…I boogied too!” he said with a smirk. For those who may not know, Kenny is also quite the dancer.

Kenny’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator, Peggy Gates, reflected on the event, sharing that “…in the 17 years I’ve worked with Kenny, I’ve never seen him that humbled and overwhelmed. The party was so genuine and so great!”

When asked if the city of Cuyahoga Falls should start planning for his 80th birthday, Kenny quickly and confidently replied, “Yep!”

Check out photos and video from the event!

Plus the early planning for Kenny’s Birthday bash.

Kenny with his Summit DD SSA, Peggy Gates.

Kenny with his Summit DD SSA, Peggy Gates.

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Woman’s Disability Proves Her Inner-Strength http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/disability-proves-inner-strength/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/disability-proves-inner-strength/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:46:55 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2792 “I want to inspire others,” stated Cari simply. “Keep your head up and it will eventually work out,” her advice continued. Cari, who has a disability and uses a wheelchair, wanted to tell her story to motivate others who may… […]

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“I want to inspire others,” stated Cari simply. “Keep your head up and it will eventually work out,” her advice continued. Cari, who has a disability and uses a wheelchair, wanted to tell her story to motivate others who may be experiencing a difficult situation like the one she went through in 1982.

Cari was a junior in high school when she was involved in a severe car accident, causing a serious head injury. She had to be revived twice on the way to the hospital. While she was lucky to survive the accident, it wasn’t an easy road to recovery. She spent months in the hospital healing, going through therapies, and learning to talk and see again – with her parents by her side through it all.

Months later, to her parents’ relief, Cari returned home. But she had a new normal, and she struggled to handle it all. She described feeling hopeless. “Different things go through your mind,” she recalled. “But you have to get through it. I didn’t listen to ‘can’t,’” she said.

Cari became determined not to let this perceived setback stop her. “I’m a strong person,” she explained. “I thought, ‘I can do this.’” She worked hard, and even after missing her senior year due to her accident, she managed to graduate with her class. That was the first of many challenges that Cari would face head-on and overcome.

Since her accident, Cari has ignored her naysayers and knocked down many barriers in her way. She had many tell her that she wouldn’t be able to do anything after her accident, but Cari didn’t listen. In 1995, after a suggestion from a coworker, she entered and competed in the Ms. Wheelchair USA contest. Cari helps empower others with disabilities to live their dreams by volunteering with the Special Olympics. She also established a successful career as a receptionist at Summit DD’s Tallmadge Center. Her job has given her the opportunity to form strong bonds with coworkers, families and individuals who attend the Tallmadge Center. “I love my job,” she said. “I’ve been on both sides, so I know what they are going through. I’ve been there.”

Now, more than 30 years later, Cari wanted others to know her story. “I haven’t caved in yet,” Cari said with a smirk. She wanted to reach people who might be feeling as if they don’t have the strength. “Ask for help,” she advised. “You just can’t give up.”

Cari’s strength has been inspiring coworkers, families and individuals at Summit DD’s Tallmadge Center for 19 years now. Her good customer service has contributed to her success. When asked what her next chapter might look like, Cari laughed. “I’ll retire from here – if I ever retire!”

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Local Musician on a Mission to Empower Others http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/local-musician-mission-empower-others/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/local-musician-mission-empower-others/#respond Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:26:31 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=1928 “I can be the first. Be an inspiration. Motivate others to achieve!” These are the empowering words of a visionary musician named John. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, John receives support from Summit DD and Blick Clinic to help him establish… […]

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“I can be the first. Be an inspiration. Motivate others to achieve!” These are the empowering words of a visionary musician named John. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, John receives support from Summit DD and Blick Clinic to help him establish and reach his goals for a good life. “I’ve worked with John for almost five years. From day one he’s always wanted to challenge himself,” shared Heather Turek, John’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator, in charge of coordinating John’s supports.

Over the years, John has continued setting and accomplishing his own personal goals. He expanded his therapies from a wheelchair to a walker, engaged in several social and community clubs, plus he honed his musical talent by collaborating with other artists and participating in talent shows. “He’s become so inspiring. He never hesitates to speak up about his goals and dreams, whether to me, other support staff, or anyone,” commented Heather.

So what does John want to accomplish next? “I’m going to open a studio for people with disabilities. They can learn and record music and make their dreams a reality,” John replied with a hopeful grin. JT Style’s Music Vision, John’s future recording studio, will be a place where “…you go for it! If you don’t go for it, you’ve given up!”

“We’ve been speaking with John about Summit DD’s Microenterprise program. It’s a great step towards his studio goal,” shared Heather. The mission of the Microenterprise program is to create opportunities for individuals to become as self-sufficient as possible by giving them tools, training and supports to start their own small business ventures.

When asked how he would feel in the future when his dream comes true, John replied “I’d scream at first. Then I’d say ‘that’s the start of something great.’”

John’s vision is a true testament that no dream is too big, if you have perseverance, passion and the right support system. “I’m persistent. I don’t give up…and with that, I don’t want others to give up,” John declared.

So the next time you set your sights on something, remember these empowering lyrics from John.

Don’t give up on your dreams.
Because you never know what you might achieve.
Don’t give up on your dreams.
There’s more to me than what you see.

John and his Summit DD SSA, Heather Turek.

John and his Summit DD SSA, Heather Turek.

John and his Summit DD Program Specialist, Mary Mort.

John and his Summit DD Program Specialist, Mary Mort.

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Local Kids’ Push-Chair Team Makes History at Cleveland Triathlon http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/local-kids-push-chair-team-makes-history-cleveland-triathlon/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/local-kids-push-chair-team-makes-history-cleveland-triathlon/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:03:25 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2017 On Sunday, July 27 a group of unstoppable Summit County kids united our community. Together, they took the Cleveland Triathlon by storm and firmly made their mark on history. From every street corner, cheers for Team Ethan rang out. After… […]

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On Sunday, July 27 a group of unstoppable Summit County kids united our community. Together, they took the Cleveland Triathlon by storm and firmly made their mark on history. From every street corner, cheers for Team Ethan rang out. After one hour and fourteen seconds of intense swimming, biking and running, best friends and team leaders, Ethan and Rachel, completed the rigorous race. They were joined by 24 of their closest friends, classmates and fellow race participants. Side by side, they crossed the finish line as one.

Summit DD was honored to follow their journey of inclusion and accomplishment. Team Ethan lives the mission we lead. Experience their story from training through race day in the video below, and please share their amazing message—together we accomplish.

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Summit County Special Olympians Sweep USA Games http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/summit-county-special-olympians-sweep-usa-games/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/summit-county-special-olympians-sweep-usa-games/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:32:56 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2095 Thousands of athletes from all over the nation recently took over Princeton, New Jersey to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. At the closing ceremonies, after a week of tough competition, three Summit County Olympians stood proudly with gold… […]

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Thousands of athletes from all over the nation recently took over Princeton, New Jersey to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games. At the closing ceremonies, after a week of tough competition, three Summit County Olympians stood proudly with gold medals draped around their necks.

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Robert, a skilled bowler with 20 years of experience, earned a gold medal in singles and a silver medal in team competition. “It felt good! I was really happy when I got gold,” shared Robert. When asked what advice he could give to future Olympians, Robert happily replied “Just have fun!” Sharon Seavey, Robert’s Service and Support Administrator from Summit DD, was thrilled to hear the news. “He told me all about the games when he got back. He had a blast!” Seavey proudly stated.

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This next Summit County Olympian walked away from the USA Games with three gold medals in singles swimming events and a silver medal in the team swim relay. “It was a big surprise. I expected two medals but I got four,” Henry remarked with a smile. During competition, Henry had to fight through back pain, but still managed to capture the gold in one of his events by just a fraction of a second. “You’ve got to keep pushing yourself to become better. Don’t let up…believe in yourself,” Henry shared.

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Last, but certainly not least, is Stephen. He’s been swinging irons on Summit County golf courses since he was six years old! “My best moment was standing on the podium and hearing my name announced for the gold,” recalled Stephen, “…it was awesome. I really felt like a professional!” Nick McCoy, Stephen’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator shared his pride in Stephen. “I’ve been working with him for years and he continues to accomplish great things,” McCoy stated. “Nick is the best. He answers my questions right then and there. He helps me quickly. He’s always there!” Stephen remarked.

At Summit DD, we believe in supporting greatness! Join us in congratulating Robert, Henry and Stephen for working hard to achieve excellence. Learn more about state and national Special Olympics so we can celebrate greatness, together.

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Kids Form Push-Chair Team to Take On Cleveland Triathlon http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/kids-form-push-chair-team-take-cleveland-triathlon/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/kids-form-push-chair-team-take-cleveland-triathlon/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:39:48 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2058 In just a few short weeks, two Summit County residents are going to show us that our community should never be divided based on stereotypes or abilities. Their strength, determination and friendship will empower thousands—most likely, including you. So who… […]

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In just a few short weeks, two Summit County residents are going to show us that our community should never be divided based on stereotypes or abilities. Their strength, determination and friendship will empower thousands—most likely, including you. So who is this amazing duo? They’re simply kids being kids!

On July 27, 2014 you’ll have the opportunity to witness history. Best friends, Ethan and Rachel, will participate as a push-chair team in the 11 to 14 age division at the Cleveland Triathlon. Ethan, born with Cerebral Palsy and Autism, will race across downtown and through Lake Erie with the assistance of his closest companion, Rachel.

At Summit DD, our mission is to provide the support needed for people with developmental disabilities to live a good life. But we can’t achieve our mission alone. We need the support of our great community to succeed. Together, Ethan and Rachel are knocking down barriers, uniting our society and showing everyone what true friendship is—all while only just embarking on their teenage years!

“I think Ethan is just like everyone else. He has some things that are different, but everybody’s different. Nobody’s exactly alike,” Rachel stated.

In elementary school, Ethan and Rachel’s inseparable bond challenged the perceptions of fellow classmates—and today, over 40 students are training to participate with Team Ethan on race day. This year’s Cleveland Triathlon isn’t the only time they’ve brought other kids together. Since 2012, they’ve coordinated annual fun runs that have raised over $8,000 for United Cerebral Palsy, Ethan’s therapy provider.

The power of their journey also reaches outside of their school. They’ve gained support from many local organizations and community members. The Tallmadge Lion’s Club donated a brand new race bike and trailer, Ritchie’s Sporting Goods helped with triathlon gear, and several community members coordinated a Zumba-thon that raised over $1,200 toward race equipment.

“I’ve been sincerely overwhelmed with the response of the school and the community. Everyone wants to help and be involved, and their treatment to Ethan is that he’s just one of the kids. It’s truly amazing,” shared Ethan’s mother, Sarah.

“I just like to see that she’s his friend. And if it grows and causes others to be better, then that’s great. But if all the spotlights went away and nobody ever acknowledged this again, Rachel would do the same thing. And that’s what matters,” Rachel’s mother Kelly proudly remarked.

The efforts of Team Ethan speak louder than words. Summit DD is honored to follow their journey of inclusion and accomplishment. Join us on Facebook and Twitter from now through race day to help spread this amazing message—together we accomplish.

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A Guide to Practicing Self-Advocacy: From Lindsey’s View http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/guide-practicing-self-advocacy-lindseys-view/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/guide-practicing-self-advocacy-lindseys-view/#respond Fri, 16 May 2014 18:46:50 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2458 Lindsey has an important piece of advice to share with the world: “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed!” In other words, to get what you want, you have to speak up! Following this mantra at only 23 years of age,… […]

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Lindsey has an important piece of advice to share with the world: “A closed mouth doesn’t get fed!” In other words, to get what you want, you have to speak up! Following this mantra at only 23 years of age, Lindsey is setting an example for what it truly means to self-advocate. She openly shares that she has faced many challenges over the years; however, this hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her goals. She recently presented and impressed her Individual Service Plan (ISP)team with ten pages—front and back—of progress reports and changes she wants to see in her life. With support from Summit DD and one of the Agency’s partnering providers, Blick Clinic, she is well on her way to achieving her dreams.

When talking about her journey, Lindsey bravely shared the behavioral struggles she faced before receiving day program services at Blick Clinic. “I used to have a smart mouth,” she confessed with a reflective chuckle. “I dealt with a lot of verbal aggression, and I knew I didn’t want to live my life that way because it was stressful. Then I came to Blick and things got better.” Through services provided at Blick Clinic, Lindsey has been able to take courses focused on developing coping skills. She is also involved in a craft group where she knits and sells blankets and hats. “These things have really helped me, and I wanted my team to know that—so that’s when I wrote the ten pages.”

“Lindsey is amazing,” shared Amy Hodgekins, Lindsey’s Service and Support Administrator (SSA) at Summit DD. “When she came to the meeting with her stack of papers, she immediately took charge. At first, some of the team thought we should stop her so we could start the meeting the way we usually do—but then I thought, ‘no, let her go. Let her do it. This is her meeting.’”

Passionately penned across Lindsey’s ten pages are progress reports she gathered from her team, a self-evaluation of her strengths and weaknesses, and a list of solutions to issues she has been facing. She said she got the idea to write the ten pages after reading a book about self-evaluation and meeting preparation. “I thought to myself, ‘This is it! If I do some self-reflection and I know what I need to work on, then I can make a plan to make my goals a reality,’” Lindsey explained.

“That’s when I went around to all of my instructors and had them write down how I’ve been doing,” she continued. “I want everybody to see the improvements I’ve made—not just by what I’m speaking, but what they’re reading.”

“We were all really impressed,” stated Amy. “Not only did she tell us what issues she was facing, but she also presented us with solutions.” After reviewing Lindsey’s report, she and the team discussed and prioritized her requests. Together, they began to determine a course of action to help Lindsey achieve her goals.

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“I think that bringing those ten pages to the team shows that Lindsey was comfortable enough to share that information with us. She trusted us to listen and help her, and that’s what we’re here for,” Amy remarked. Lindsey’s Counselor and ISP team member Laura Pletcher added, “It’s so exciting to see the change she has made in discussing issues to now advocating for herself—we’re all just so proud of her.”

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without everyone’s support,” Lindsey expressed. “My team has really helped me. They have been my listening ear and they gave me a lot of verbal praise, and that’s been encouraging.”

It goes without saying that Lindsey has made a lot of progress over the years. She ultimately aims to get a job in the community, while also being an example to others who want to make a difference in their own lives. “I am a self-advocate,” Lindsey proudly declared. “My advice to others who want to self-advocate is to write down what you want. It will help you remember what you want to say in your meetings, and you can give your team the papers if you’re having a hard time explaining your thoughts. But most of all, it will show everyone how serious you are about what you want.”

At the end of the day—whether you have ten pages or no pages at all—we all have a voice! As Lindsey suggests, “Use it!”

Want to know more about practicing self-advocacy? Check out Summit DD’s self-advocacy resources.

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Making Change by the Millions http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/making-change-millions/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/making-change-millions/#respond Tue, 13 May 2014 18:38:22 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2150 Life is full of opportunities and barriers. We all have moments of happiness and hardship. During our journey, we rely on others for support. Our family, friends, teachers and community resources help to guide us along the way. We stumble,… […]

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Life is full of opportunities and barriers. We all have moments of happiness and hardship. During our journey, we rely on others for support. Our family, friends, teachers and community resources help to guide us along the way. We stumble, we fall, but in time we develop the strength to stand on our own. It’s in that moment of independence that we decide our future.

Patrick, a resident of Cuyahoga Falls, has reached that pinnacle moment and he’s setting his sights ahead. Born with several developmental disabilities, Patrick has faced obstacles in his life. He’s been labeled, segregated and told that he was different—but with guidance from family and community support providers like Summit DD and Hattie Larlham, he’s built his life on a single premise. “Be yourself. Just be yourself,” Patrick exclaimed. In life, the only person who can define you, is you.

For six years, Nakia Palmer, Patrick’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator (SSA), has had a front row seat to his success. “He’s accomplished so much. It’s a privilege to be part of his life,” stated Nakia. As Patrick’s SSA, Nakia acts as an invisible line of support. When Patrick sets a goal, Nakia presents options to help him along the way. “Nakia is great. She needs to be my SSA for at least 18 more years until I move out west!” Patrick stated with a smile.

Over the years, Patrick has accomplished so many of his goals. He’s become a dedicated member of the community as the Hudson High School basketball manager and baseball coach. He’s also worked hard to earn employment at Little Tikes as part of Hattie Larlham’s supported employment program. To top it all off, his drive and dedication was recently noticed by one of the world’s largest retailers, Wal-Mart. Patrick was featured in a video campaign entitled Work is a Beautiful Thing. The video is quickly closing in on 5 million views.

“It’s been amazing. I’m real proud of him. He has big goals. He beats to his own drum!” proudly stated Patrick’s father, Robert.

Patrick has made an impact on so many lives in his community. And now, his motto is ringing out to millions around the world. Don’t let anything get you down. You can accomplish amazing things. Be yourself, just be yourself!

Patrick with his SSA, Nakia Palmer.

Patrick with his father.

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Celebrating Andrew: YMCA’s Student Volunteer of the Year http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/celebrating-andrew-ymcas-student-volunteer-year/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/celebrating-andrew-ymcas-student-volunteer-year/#respond Thu, 01 May 2014 19:27:23 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2468 While working for a cleaning crew may be considered a “behind the scenes” type of job, Andrew Gesquiere is receiving a lot of attention. Born with Mosaic, a rare form of Down syndrome, Andrew is a hard-working 21 year old… […]

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While working for a cleaning crew may be considered a “behind the scenes” type of job, Andrew Gesquiere is receiving a lot of attention. Born with Mosaic, a rare form of Down syndrome, Andrew is a hard-working 21 year old who takes pride in making his home, school and working environments look their best. The YMCA in Green took notice, recently honoring him with their Student Volunteer of the Year award. Summit DD would like to congratulate Andrew on this achievement—knowing that it brings him one step closer to achieving his dream.

As a volunteer at Green’s YMCA, Andrew works two days a week and holds many cleaning responsibilities—from washing windows to sweeping floors. “He’s awesome,” remarked Karen Williams, YMCA’s Properties Director. “He’s a cleaning machine and he gets along well with all of our members.”

Nominated by Williams for the award, the YMCA directors wasted no time in voting for Andrew. “We have so many great volunteers, but Andrew was the clear choice. He loves what he does, and we really miss him when he’s not here,” Williams continued.

The directors of Green’s YMCA are not the only individuals who feel this way about Andrew. In addition to working at the YMCA, he works at Green High School, among other local places. “My classroom is the cleanest in the school,” exclaimed Dan Harlan, one of Andrew’s teachers at Green High School. “I think he’s gained a lot of independence from helping the janitorial staff here, and everyone loves having him around.” Andrew’s mother Becky added, “No matter where he is working, everyone notices. He knows everyone, and they all love him. I think that’s one of the reasons why he got the YMCA award.”

When asked how he feels about receiving the Student Volunteer of the Year award, Andrew simply stated, “I’m excited.” Becky added with a chuckle, “He can be rather shy, but I can assure you that he hasn’t stopped talking about this.”

With his extreme passion for cleaning, it’s no surprise that Andrew’s dream is to become a janitor. “He has expressed that this is his goal, and we’re here to help make that happen,” shared Brooke Wisniewski, Andrew’s Service and Support Administrator (SSA) at Summit DD. “Like other individuals in that transitional age group, we can help connect him with assessment programs and financial support wherever he decides to work after graduation.”

“With the support from Summit DD, the YMCA, and his teachers and job coach at the high school, Andrew has really grown and opened up socially,” Becky stated. “He’s done things I never imagined he would do, and it’s amazing. His father and I are just so proud of him.”

Andrew is just one example of the greatness that exists in the many individuals we serve right here in Summit County. With a little support, anything is possible—and Andrew has an award to prove it!

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Summit DD Artist Inspires Through Art http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/summit-dd-artist-inspires-art/ http://www.summitdd.org/blog/stories/summit-dd-artist-inspires-art/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:58 +0000 http://www.summitdd.org/?p=2476 Through the course of time, art has been described as “the window to man’s soul.” For Greg Caudill, this thought could not ring more true. As an artist of Summit DD’s Dream Out Loud Studio—an initiative that enables artists with… […]

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Through the course of time, art has been described as “the window to man’s soul.” For Greg Caudill, this thought could not ring more true. As an artist of Summit DD’s Dream Out Loud Studio—an initiative that enables artists with disabilities to showcase their talents—Greg has been able to produce and sell countless art pieces. His beautiful brush strokes and stunning use of texture create scenes that transport viewers to different worlds of serenity and wonder. At the same time, they offer a glance of the artist behind the canvas—whose life is just as rich and detailed as the art he creates.

“I like to paint landscapes and peaceful scenes that have a sense of calm,” Greg shared while dabbing hues of green, yellow and blue onto a blank canvas. “Mentally, art gets me away from reality for a while. It’s like an escape.”

Greg’s passion for art began at an early age. “I’ve been sketching and doing art since I was a kid,” Greg explained. “My dad was a gifted architect and draftsman, so I’ve always believed I’ve gotten my artistic skills from him.” Following his passion, Greg pursued an art degree at the University of Akron; however, when he was required to sketch life portraits, he decided to switch majors. “Sketching portraits is definitely not my forte,” he chuckled.

“I ended up getting my Associate’s degree in Community Service,” he continued. “I really wanted to advocate for people with disabilities, but they didn’t have a degree for that when I was in college—so Community Service was the closest thing to it.”

Though his education took a different direction, his passion for art remained. After graduating college, Greg made his way to Dream Out Loud Studio. “I like it here,” Greg remarked. “I’ve been able to produce artwork here that I was unable to when I was elsewhere because I have what I need and I can create what I want. Everyone has been so encouraging.”

Through the art he has created at Dream Out Loud, Greg has also been able to fulfill his passion for advocacy. This past March, one of his paintings was selected to be displayed in the Accessible Expressions Ohio 2014 art tour. This traveling exhibit aims to increase awareness, promote creative careers and foster inclusion by showcasing artists of all ages and abilities in Ohio.

Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of Greg’s art is not the incredible scenes he creates; rather, it’s seeing how he brings his art to life. While painting, he methodically dabs layer after layer of paint on top of each other until he gets the exact texture and look that he wants. Much like his method for painting, Greg offers the following advice to other artists who are pursuing their passions, “Take your time and just realize that it will happen. Some people are very gifted, but they don’t have a lot of self-confidence. Don’t look for it from somebody else. You have to be satisfied with your own work.”

To view or purchase Greg’s artwork, visit Summit DD’s Dream Out Loud Studio in Ellet, or call 330-634-8231. Greg’s work is also currently on display at the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar in Stow through the month of April. Finally, watch Greg bring a scene to life in the video below!

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