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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 ›

Parent Transition Academy a Big Success

In the first quarter of 2018, Summit DD partnered with six community organizations to sponsor a Parent Transition Academy. Hosted by the Summit Educational Service Center, this educational series was designed specifically for parents and guardians of middle and high school students with disabilities. The Parent Transition Academy was comprised of a monthly session from January through April and featured informational topics such as: Read More ›

An Empowering DD Awareness Month

What an epic and empowering DD Awareness Month! Each March, Summit DD and the community come together to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Throughout the month, Read More ›

A Voice to Guide Others

Throughout the course of history, there has been a common trend—strong leaders have strong voices. They speak to create change. They provide a voice for the voiceless. A young Summit County man named Darick is ready to take on that great responsibility, not only for himself but for all people with developmental disabilities. “I want to make change—a difference, for all. That’s what I want to do,” Darick proudly stated. Read More ›

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