DD Awareness Month

Even though March DD Awarness Month has ended, you can celebrate inclusion year round! See the impact of our 2024 celebration and discover how you can make a difference today!

This Year's Inclusion Day was Record-Breaking!

Over 25,000 people united to celebrate Inclusion Day…showing that our great community is strongest when everyone is included! Together we truly “painted” the town orange! See our recap story here.

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3 women wearing orange, smiling while holding a hand-made Inclusion Day photo frame for Summit DD's Inclusion Day
Man in orange shirt signing Summit DD "I Heart Inclusion" banner at Inclusion Days at the Zoo event

The Biggest Inclusion Days at the Zoo!

More than 13,300 individuals visited the Akron Zoo Inclusion Weekend!

See the Photos

The ArtWalk was a Big Success!

In 2024, Summit DD teamed up with Summit Art Space for an inclusive art walk. Over 400 attendees joined us for a celebration of the arts – all with accessibility and inclusion at the heart of the evening!

See the Recap & Photos

Be Part of the Change

We're committed to helping people reach their full potential, but we need your help to make lasting progress. This March, ask yourself if you are doing all you can to create opportunities for all abilities.

Contact us about free trainings and assessments for your organization.

Appreciation Breakfast & Awards Celebration

DD Awareness wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t recognize those who make this month meaningful: self-advocates, DSPs, and community allies who all work tirelessly to make a difference.

See Who was Awarded in 2024

Make Your Workplace Inclusive

Learn more about how Summit DD's Employment Collaborative can help your business connect with a largely untapped market of qualified job candidates or provide training for your teams.

Learn about the Employment Collaborative

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

On July 26, 1990 the ADA was signed into law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

Learn more about the ADA

National Disability Awareness Month History

National Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month officially began in 1987 with a proclamation from President Reagan to help bring awareness and acceptance for people of every ability. Since then, families, self-advocates, advocacy groups and Ohio’s County Boards have been working to increase opportunities for people with disabilities. But there’s still more progress to be made.

Learn more

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