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Yam teaching sign language at Intra-National Homecare.

Yam’s Empowering Journey to America

Meet Yam! Courage, perseverance and kindness best describe his infectious personality. Born in Bhutan, Yam grew up with hearing difficulties and spent over two decades in a refugee camp. It is difficult to imagine what life must’ve been like for him at that time. Damodar Timsina, also once a refugee and Yam’s Summit DD Service and Support Administrator (SSA), shared his own experience. “It is really a great privilege to come to the USA for a better life. Refugee life is really, really worse. We sometimes didn’t have anything to eat. We didn’t have shelter,” somberly shared Damodar. Read More ›

Giant group photo of Summit DD staff celebrating inclusion day.

Over 25,000 People Celebrated Inclusion Day!

Summit County kicked off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in record-breaking style! Over 25,000 people united to celebrate Inclusion Day…showing that our great community is strongest when everyone is included! Read More ›

2024 Summit DD Action Plan

The Summit DD Action Plan features Agency priorities in 2024, the final year of our 2022 – 2024 Long Range Plan.

We continue to look forward to the next chapter. You are a part of our community, and we will spend the next year listening to you as we outline the priorities of our story together with the creation of the 2025 – 2030 Long Range Plan.

Accessibility Library graphic. City of Akron in background.

Summit County Launches the Accessibility Library

The Accessibility Library is a strategy identified in the Akron/Summit Cultural Plan (2020) which originated with artist and advocate Alicia Hopkins. The thoughtful implementation of a process by which nonprofit community groups could access assistive technology and support items for events has been carried forward by the Akron-Summit County Public Library, Advancing Independence Network, Arts Now, Direction Home and Summit DD.  Read More ›

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