DD Board Holds Open Houses for Developmental Disabilities Awareness

In celebration Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, invites the public to attend one of several open houses at its community-based adult centers.  The Dream Out Loud Studio artists will host an open house at the Ellet center, 2420 Wedgewood Drive, in Akron, on Thursday, March 21st from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m., showcasing artwork created by artists with developmental disabilities.  On Friday, March 22nd the Cuyahoga Falls center, located at 2355 Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls, will host an open house from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Tallmadge center will wrap up the month with its open house on Wednesday, March 27th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., at its facility located at 630 North Avenue in Tallmadge.     

“Summit DD encourages everyone to attend the open houses to get the facts about facility-based adult programs and to meet our talented artists”, stated Assistant Superintendent Lisa Kamlowsky.  “Summit DD offers a number of innovative programs that positively impact those that we serve, helping them become more independent and a greater part of their communities.  Attending an open house is the best way to meet persons served by the Summit DD and staff to find out what happens in your neighborhood center, it is so much more meaningful to see it in person.”

Summit DD operates eight community-based adult centers which offer adult day supports, vocational habilitation or a combination of these two programs to eligible adults.  Adult day supports offer non-vocational activities to assist individuals with mobility, communication and other life skills.  Vocational habilitation allows persons served the opportunity to earn a paycheck for piecework while reinforcing skills needed to work independently in the community, such as attendance, problem solving, teamwork, motor skills development and safety.

Dream Out Loud Studio is a project of the Summit DD where artists with developmental disabilities work independently and collaboratively on projects in a variety of mediums.  The studio provides employment opportunities for people interested in the arts and who are eligible for day program services through Summit DD.  Artwork is available for purchase through the Gift Gallery at Ellet, as well as through local shows and community fairs.  Proceeds from each sale benefit the artists.

For updates, new postings or additional events, please visit SummitDD.org/Calendar.

The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-funded agency that provides services to more than 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Summit County.  It is the organization’s mission to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities.  More information regarding the agency is available online atwww.summitdd.org.

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