Melanie Zaidman holding her award trophy at Summit DD's 2023 Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Celebration

Nominate a DSP or Self Advocate Today!

Nominations now open for 2024 Summit DD Appreciation Awards.

We all know of those people who help make this world a better place for others. They are the ones who consistently find ways to raise the bar, serve others with a smile, and leave a lasting impression. Now is your opportunity to recognize them. Nominate a self-advocate, DSP, or community ally for one of Summit DD Appreciation Awards.

What are Summit DD Appreciation Awards?

Each March Summit DD hosts an Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony to celebrate DD Awareness Month. During this celebration, we recognize the achievements of local self-advocates, allies and DSPs who actively shape our communities to be welcoming for people of every ability.

Through their dedication and support, these remarkable people and organizations help empower children and adults with developmental disabilities in Summit County. Help us find these local heroes. Nominate a self-advocate or trailblazer you know for one of our three awards.

How to Nominate Someone:

To nominate that deserving someone you know, simply click on one of the category links below and fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are open now through 4:00pm on February 7, 2024.

  • Carlene Weaver Achievement Award Nomination Form: This award honors an individual with developmental disabilities whose actions or self-advocacy help change perceptions or bring about positive awareness for those with developmental disabilities in their community.
  • Dottie Schrum Culture Award Nomination Form: This award recognizes an outstanding Direct Support Professional from any organization in the developmental disabilities field, whose efforts or service has gone above and beyond to make a difference for those with developmental disabilities.
  • Russ Pry Community Impact Award Nomination Form: This award honors a person (or group) that is making an impact in the community for people with developmental disabilities through innovative programs, volunteerism, advocacy, or awareness efforts.

Winners will be notified in February and honored at our 2024 Summit DD Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Help Us Celebrate!

Want to Join us at the 2024 Appreciation Breakfast? Click for details and reservation information for the March 28th breakfast.

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