County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board

Summit DD Board News

Summit DD Honored at Cleveland's Team NEO Awards

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summit DD's Microenterprise program wins Fostering Entrepreneurship award at Team NEO Plus Awards, for its innovative self-employment program.


Cast Your Vote for Summit DD's New Look

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
We are very excited about the new website and have been talking to our stakeholders about what content is important. We've been hard at work on all of the pieces that will make it work . But we've noticed that some of the current material out there doesn't really reflect who we are. So we decided to take a long deep look at ourselves through your eyes to make sure that what we present outward (our brand) reflects our personality. That self reflection led us to our makeover. Now we need your vote to help decide. More...

State Accredits Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, March 13, 2014
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) awarded Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) a five-year accreditation for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities. Summit DD joins an elite number of County Boards in the state to achieve this honor.  More...

Summit DD and Community Partners Earn Statewide Honors

Monday, March 10, 2014

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) and several Summit County partners were honored at the Ohio Public Images Media and Awareness Awards in Dublin, Ohio on March 10. The annual event recognizes individuals and organizations throughout Ohio who, through their exceptional efforts, succeed in creating a greater understanding and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities.

“Outreach and awareness efforts are key to making our communities a welcoming place for individuals with disabilities,” stated Summit DD Superintendent, John Trunk. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Ohio Public Images as a leader in the state for our awareness efforts.”

All together, the Summit County team won 13 awards for their 2013 efforts.


Local organizations partner to celebrate inclusion with a free kids’ concert

Friday, January 31, 2014

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) in partnership with the Northampton Christian Preschool, invite the public to celebrate inclusion with a kids’ concert, on Friday, February 7 at Northampton United Methodist Church, 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. This free concert, featuring award-winning musician and author Jim Gill, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is open to families of infant, toddler, and preschool children. To register, visit, download the registration PDF and bring it to the event.

“This event is for the whole family to come and celebrate their children no matter what their abilities. Join us in dancing, clapping, laughing and celebrating what inclusion looks like in Summit County,” encouraged Summit DD Inclusion Manager, Jennifer Musson.

The Summit DD Community Partnership for Inclusion (CPI) program believes that all kids should have access to activities that enrich their early childhood experience such a story times, arts and crafts, sports, or any other community program. We are the experts in inclusion strategies and we work with libraries, YMCA’s, and many other community partners to support the right of all infants and young children, and their families, to participate fully in their communities.

The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-supported agency that provides services to more than 4,000 individuals with disabilities and their families in Summit County.  It is the organization’s mission to be a primary community force that enables eligible individuals to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities.  More information regarding the agency is available online at


Summit DD Closed January 29

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Due to the extreme wind chill Summit DD will once again close all programs on January 29.  Wind chills are expected to fall to more than 20 below zero on Wednesday.  The health and safety of individuals with disabilities are of the primary concern to Summit DD. 

We expect normal business operations to resume on Thursday, January 30.


Summit DD Needs Your Opinion

Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Center for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR) may be calling you to participate in a focus group for Summit DD. Participation is voluntary, but your thoughts and opinions are valuable and we would appreciate your consideration. More...

County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board Artists Honored by Ohio Governor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Ohio Arts Council has recently selected artwork from artists across Ohio to be displayed in Governor John Kasich’s office throughout 2014. Included in the Council’s selection are works by artists James and Marlon from County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board’s (Summit DD) Microenterprise program. On January 23, they - along with artists across the state - will be honored at the 2014 Winter Spotlight reception in the Governor’s residence.


Summit DD Closed 1/7/14 Due to Inclement Weather

Monday, January 06, 2014

Due to the extreme frigid temperatures and wind chills expected Monday night and throughout Tuesday, Summit DD will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 for all persons served AND staff.   


Public Hearing Notice for 2014 Operating Plan

Monday, November 11, 2013
Summit DD invites the community to attend a public hearing on December 11th at 12:00 p.m. regarding the draft of the 2014 Operating Plan. Summit DD creates an Operating plan annually detailing the measures and initiatives to achieve goals outlined in the 2013-2015 Long Range Plan.  Input from residents is important as the Agency plans to implement new initiatives for the coming year. More...

Official statement from Summit DD regarding the arrest of Reinaldo Luis Ortiz Velaquez

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Upon notification of this incident our staff and the Sheriff’s Office quickly responded to investigate the incident to ensure that the victim receives the justice she is entitled to.  The perpetrator is employed by a private provider in Summit County.  Summit DD takes the health, safety and welfare of those we serve very seriously, and has partnered with the Summit County Sheriff’s office to ensure that criminal cases against individuals with developmental disabilities are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Summit DD Microenterprise Authors’ Event being hosted by Logos Bookstore in Kent

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
(Tallmadge, Ohio) On Saturday, November 2nd from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Logos Bookstore in Kent will be hosting a Summit DD Microenterprise Authors’ Event. More...

Custom Chandeliers from Summit DD’s Dream Out Loud Studio to be Unveiled in Stow City Hall

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
(Tallmadge, Ohio) On Wednesday, October 30th at 10:30 a.m., Mayor Sara Drew will be hosting an art reception at Stow City Hall. Three custom chandeliers from Summit DD’s Dream Out Loud Studio will be unveiled in the atrium. More...

Summit DD Board Names John Trunk New Superintendent

Friday, October 04, 2013
After a thorough search and interview process, Summit DD's Board named John Trunk as the Agency's new Superintendent. More...

Summit DD Chronicles Push-Chair Team’s Historic Race

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On September 28, Summit DD will chronicle a milestone in the quest for inclusion and self-advocacy as “Team Andre and Zeke” compete in the 2013 Akron Marathon.  Last year, two friends embarked on journey to train for this local test of will, and this Saturday they intend to prove to others that all dreams are possible. More...