Summit DD News

Our Journey Forward – Facts at-a-Glance

Don’t have time to read our Frequently Asked Questions?  Find facts at-a-glance about Our Journey Forward, including federal regulations requiring County Boards to phase out of providing services and integrated settings. (Updated July 2016) Read More ›

Summit DD News

Summit DD Plans for Evolution of Developmental Disability System

Ohio’s system of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities is entering a new period in its evolution.  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the County Board system as we know it, are preparing for change to comply with new federal Medicaid Rules and changes funded in the Governor’s historic budget.  The expectation is that there be an even greater focus towards inclusion and community involvement for all persons served.  Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) is building on a rich history of support and involvement from the community to increase access to integrated, community-based services that connect individuals to full, equitable lives that achieve their personal vision of health, happiness and success. Read More ›

Day program staff member posing with Brad who attends the program


Many adults with developmental disabilities, such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, or other disabilities, utilize specialized support to achieve full community inclusion.  Summit DD connects adults to a variety of different day programs in the community that offer an engaging activities to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their goals. Through a wide network of quality providers, individuals (including those with complex medical needs) enjoy services that complement their daily activities and offer opportunities to be included in their community.

All providers of center-based services are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and services are coordinated by Summit DD Service and Support Administrators. Your goals and supports needed to achieve those goals are developed with your team and are included in your Individualized Service Plan (ISP).  Should center-based services be the best fit for you, they can also include day support, vocational habilitation or a combination of the two.

Day Support

Individuals in center-based, day programs receive specialized coaching and work on areas such as:

  • Personal safety
  • Vocational skills
  • Independent living skills
  • Positive behavioral supports
  • Communication skills
  • Mobility training
  • Sensory development
  • Gaining volunteer and paid employment

Day program staff take a hands-on approach — incorporating structured learning and fun to help individuals reach their personal goals.  Day program staff get to know each person and help them with their ISP.  Day programs also offer participants the opportunity to participate meaningful activities in the community.

Vocational Habiliation

Vocational Habilitation services afford individuals the opportunity to spend their days gaining vocational skills and earning a paycheck. Contract piece work allows you to work at your own pace, with the support of staff to help you reach the goals you identify in your ISP.

Combination Services

Choice is a beautiful thing, and with combination services you can choose between working and habilitation services to balance your day between earning a paycheck and working towards your goals that you identify in your ISP. Ready to get started?  Contact us to enhance your current day programs or to determine eligibility for Summit DD support.  Want to look for a provider?  Check out our resources that can help you choose a provider that is just right for your needs.

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