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Summit DD 2023 Action Plan and 2022 Annual Report

For over 50 years, the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board has proudly served as the primary entity responsible for supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities to live full and equitable lives in our community.  Our 2022-2024 Long Range Plan continues this legacy, as we strengthen our vision of Summit County being a community where all people are included.

We invite you on our journey throughout this publication that explains how local levy dollars are used, the outcomes we have achieved in the first year of our plan, and our goals and initiatives for 2023 as we continue to serve more people.

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Classified: Independent living skills pilot

Independent living skills pilot request for Interest

Summit DD is seeking proposals from qualified organizations to develop and implement an independent living skills training curriculum program.

Purpose: The purpose of this program is to develop a model to support youth and adults with the acquisition of life skills that will allow them to live more independent lives.

Description: Individuals participating in this pilot will be youth and adults residing within their family home or adults living independently who are seeking to become more independent. Fifteen to twenty people will take part in this pilot with the expectation that each participant receives on average between three and five hours of support per week. Training can occur individually or in a group setting.

It is not a requirement that the responding organization have experience serving people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Summit DD will assist the organization chosen with specific strategies to support people served, as needed.

Deadline: Interested organizations should respond no later than 4:00pm on Friday, November 4th, 2022.


Organizations seeking to submit proposals should address the following questions within their response.

  1. Describe current experience with helping individuals develop independent living skills. Does
    your organization have an already established curriculum and process which it uses to evaluate
    current skills and support skill acquisition?
    a. If you are using an already developed curriculum, please provide a brief description of what areas it addresses, including how it incorporates self-advocacy.
  2. Discuss your current assessment process and how you collaborate with the person, family,
    and other important people or organizations, such as school within the individual’s life to develop a plan to support individualized skill development.
  3. How does your organization or how will you engage families or other natural supports within
    the home to support skill development and maintaining skills learned?
  4. Identify how your organization will use technology to assist in the development and
    maintenance of skills learned.
  5. Does your organization have space available to host group-based classes? If so, where is that
    space located?
  6. How does your organization incorporate community-based learning opportunities (i.e., going to
    the bank, grocery store) into programming?
    All responses received must include a proposed budget which identifies cost per hour of service, any planning related time, transportation costs and other materials that will be needed to support this program.

Any questions regarding this classified request please email Drew Williams, Director of Community Supports and Development or call 330-634-8083.

Interested organizations should respond no later than 4:00pm on Friday, November 4th, 2022.

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Learning Aid Ohio grant opportunity for families

During this week’s Coronavirus press briefing, Governor DeWine announced a Learning Aid Ohio program grant to support children with disabilities. This program offers families who qualify up to $1,500 per family for in-person learning assistance or tutoring during distance learning. Read More ›

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Maintaining Momentum for Students with Disabilities During the Pandemic

For years, Summit DD has worked with local school districts and Koinonia to provide a program that helps build useful career skills for students with disabilities. Koinonia’s Compass Pathfinder program (formerly ASPIRE) works with transition-age teens to explore their interests, develop skills and gain employment experience. This program is traditionally very hands-on. When the Coronavirus hit Northeast Ohio in early March 2020, that could have meant the end of the program. However, thanks to hard work and collaboration, teens from the Compass Pathfinder program were able to keep their momentum. Read More ›

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