Tag Archives: self-advocate

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 ›

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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