Category Archives: News

informDD May 2014

informDD May 2014

With April showers taking over May, the best way to stay busy is by reading an exciting issue of informDD. This month we’ve got great updates on the nationwide Employment First initiative, an innovative Summit DD staff story and an article about a young man who’s impacting the world!

Summit DD Continues Path to Community Employment

“Employment First” is a national movement based on the idea that competitive employment in an integrated setting should be the priority outcome for people with disabilities. It’s been just over two year since Governor John Kasich signed the Employment First Executive Order, making Ohio one of 26 states with an official Employment First Policy or legislation. Since then a statewide inter-agency Taskforce has been shaping the future of Employment First in Ohio, and their good work is already influencing Summit County. Read More ›

informDD April 2014

informDD April 2014

The weather is warming and new buds are blooming. In this issue of informDD, we’re getting families prepped for summer camps and introducing new initiatives that will improve support for both children and adults. Plus, we’re keeping you up to date with the latest and greatest Summit DD events!

SHDC Lowers Rent

Summit Housing Development Corporation, or SHDC, is a non-profit business providing housing for adults with developmental disabilities who choose to live in their communities with support, also known as congregate settings. Like the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, this provider is committed to supporting individuals in inclusive environments. SHDC owns 80 homes throughout Summit County, giving people the opportunity to live in the communities of their choice.

In recent years, SHDC has made a concerted effort to pay down debt on the mortgages of its homes. To date, 55 of their homes do not carry mortgages, and there are plans to pay off the remaining 25 in the next five years. This decrease in debt has allowed SHDC to do something almost unheard of … lower rents! Read More ›

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