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Summit DD Renames Barberton Center in Honor of Russ Pry

Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, passed a resolution at the August 25 board meeting renaming its property located at 501 West Hopocan Avenue, Barberton, Ohio the “Russ Pry Barberton Center.”

The motion was introduced by former Board President Randy Briggs.  “The Board lost a very good friend, County Executive Russ Pry,” Briggs stated as he spoke about Russ Pry’s support and involvement with Summit DD. “I am proposing that we rename the Barberton center the Russ Pry Barberton Center as a very fitting tribute,” continued Briggs

The resolution recognized that Mr. Pry dedicated his entire career as a public servant to improving the lives of those most in need in our community.

“Under Mr. Pry’s leadership, collaboration with community partners, innovation, diversity, equity and inclusion were values he lived by in serving the people of Summit County,” stated Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk.

Summit DD will plan a dedication of the Russ Pry Barberton Center this fall.


informDD August 2016

Meet a successful young man named Brad, discover the benefits of inclusion, and dig into DD FAQs, plus we’ll introduce you to our Community Partnership for inclusion team!

informDD July 2016

In this summer issue of informDD, Superintendent Trunk updates our journey forward, we introduce you to our new ombudsman, and we connect you to a new statewide online community. Plus much more!


Virtual Community Launches to Encourage Dialog and Collaboration

loop-lgYou spoke and the state listened. That’s why on Monday, July 11, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) launched a new virtual community. The site, called Loop Ohio, is meant to help individuals with disabilities and their families learn more about system changes and encourage dialog. Loop Ohio is user-friendly and features message boards, webinars and mentors to help answer questions.

According to the site, the space is “…a platform for community members and professionals to share ideas and resources, solve problems, break down barriers, connect across distance, and engage in ongoing learning.” And the community appears to be catching on with its audience, as there are already dozens of conversations and events available on the site.

Start exploring

The new virtual community is simple and free to use. Simply click Register in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. After that, you can start exploring or engaging with others on a variety of topics.  There are new conversations and online events being added daily! Above all, it’s a great resource to learn more about Ohio’s disabilities system and get connected with others.

To learn more or to register, visit

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