Tag Archives: Advocacy

Group photo of the Emerging Leaders Class of May 2024.

Emerging Leaders Unite for Change

“For me, helping others is the way I live my life,” proudly shared Stewart, a recent graduate of Summit DD’s very first Emerging Leaders Program. “You showed us how to be a good leader and the process to step-up and keep going,” passionately stated Cainan, another graduate.

The Emerging Leaders program was born from Summit DD’s mission of helping people of all abilities reach their full potential, one person at a time. The program also aligns with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities recent long-range goal that encourages every county to recruit a board member with a developmental disability. Read More ›

Chelsea’s Quest: Knocking Down Barriers for the Blind

Advocacy and self-determination are an important part of life for people with disabilities. They are crucial skills to learn and practice to ensure that a person gets the right support. For some, advocacy is a learning process. For others, it’s just part of who they are. Chelsea is one of those people who has always been a driving force in her own life. Now she wants to pave the way for others, too.  Read More ›

As I See It: CJ

“I wouldn’t change a thing about me. I don’t want to be anyone else. I am CJ. I am different. I am unique.”

CJ is a charming, intelligent and determined man that, like anyone in their 20s, is beginning to find his place and purpose in the community. And he believes his gift is to share his knowledge with others. Read More ›

Person-Centered Planning #Goals

Person-centered planning is at the heart of Summit DD’s service coordination model. We strive to connect people to the services and supports that allow them to drive their own future. It’s inspiring to watch someone take control of their destiny and achieve great things. And Ann Marie is certainly a role model to others when it comes to determining your own future and inspiring others. Read More ›

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