Tag Archives: Summit County Levy

Travis, a young man who receives Summit DD services, on a swing.

Travis’ Story

“People tend to look at Travis and think he is your average child. There is nothing average about Travis! Learning to accept each child for themselves as an individual is important,” shared Travis’ mother Tonigail. Read More ›

man posing with adult brother in graduation cap and gown

Voters with Disabilities: Tools and Resources

Voters with disabilities can empower people of all abilities with their vote too! We’ve assembled helpful information, resources and links to help you navigate all you need to know to make your voice heard on November 7th. . Read More ›

Jason, an adult who that receives Summit DD Services, with his disability provider.

Jason’s Story

Meet Jason. Through an essential Summit DD program, Jason has access to crucial assistive technology devices that help him access the world. Using digital braille devices, Jason can email and text on his computer and cell phone with family, friends and support staff. He has become so skilled in the technology, that he trains other individuals who are deaf and blind by working for a federally funded program called, I Can Connect. Watch his story below!

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Nathan, a high school graduate that receives Summit DD Services.

Nathan’s Story

Meet Nathan, a recent graduate from Nordonia High School who’s embarking on his journey into adulthood. For many people, it’s an exciting but stressful transition in life. What should I do next? Where do I want to work? Who do I want to become? Some people have to start this journey on their own, but luckily Nathan has an amazing support system of family, friends, and developmental disability professionals to help guide him along whatever path he chooses. Get a glimpse into his journey with this video, My Story: Nathan.

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Little Katie who receives Summit DD Early Intervention Services

Katie’s Story

“What I find most valuable about Summit DD Early Intervention services, is having another person in Katie’s corner. Having someone that celebrates Katie and recognizes her smallest accomplishments, is invaluable. Teaching Katie that she is accepted and loved and that her life is important and valuable, despite her challenges, is my most important job as a mom. Summit DD services help me to accomplish that!” proudly shared Katie’s mother, Ali.

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Dee with her Summit DD Service and Support Administrator Sheri.

Dee & Sheri’s Story

Summit DD Service and Support Administrators (SSA) are at the heart of what we do. They make meaningful connections for those we serve through every stage of their lives. Recently, an individual who receives these essential services wanted to recognize the amazing efforts of their SSA. This is the story of Dee and Sheri.

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Support Summit DD Media Contact Information

About Support Summit DD:

Summit DD’s levy campaign is run by volunteers from Support Summit DD and is funded 100% from donations – not tax dollars – which is why every donation, large and small, counts!  The passage of Issue 17 provides crucial funding for essential services and supports to more than 5,000 children and adults with disabilities.

Media Contacts:

For media-related inquiries, please contact:

Billie Jo David
Campaign Coordinator
p: 440-682-0103
Tricia Perduk
Campaign Volunteer
p: 330-597-0073

General Inquiries

For all non-media inquires, please visit the Contact Us page.

Five Easy Ways to Spread the Word Online

Help us pass Summit DD’s replacement levy, Issue 17, on November 7th by becoming a social media ambassador! Don’t worry, it’s super easy and we’ve mapped out five easy ways you can help spread the word to your Facebook friends, family, and coworkers! Read More ›

Write a Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor is a great way to tell your story about why the passage of Issue 17 is critical to the community.  The letter to editor section is one of the most widely read parts of a newspaper, both in print and online, and can help raise awareness of the importance of Issue 17 passing in order to continue vital services to our community.   The most important aspects of a letter to the editor are: 1) It be short, usually under 150 words; 2) it tells a personal story, in this case how Summit DD has helped you; and 3) It ends with an action, or asking people to vote yes on Issue 17.

You can submit your letter to the editor using the submission guidelines outlined below for each media outlet.  We’ve assembled some sample letter to editors to get you started!

It’s that easy! And, it’s that essential to helping us pass this critical levy. Thank you for your support!

Sample Letters

Early Intervention Parent  |  Adult Parent  |  Provider Agency  |  General Public

Akron Beacon Journal

Should bear author’s full signature, faxed letters should also contain signature.  All letters must have the author’s address and daytime telephone number.  All letters are subject to editing. Authors may have only one letter published in a 30-day time period.

Mail:  Voice of the People, Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron OH 44309-0640

Email vop@thebeaconjournal.com

FAX: 330-996-3520

Leader Publications

Letters should be signed and include an address and daytime phone number.  No more than 500 words, letters are subject to editing.  No anonymous letters will be accepted.

Mail:  West Side Leader/South Side Leader, 3075 Smith Road, Suite 204, Akron, OH 44333.

Email: editor@akron.com 

FAX:  330-665-9590

Submit online: https://www.akron.com/submit-letter-to-the-editor/

Hudson Hub Times

Letters must include signature, address and daytime telephone number (will not be published) and be received by noon Thursday for consideration in the Sunday edition.  No more than 300 words. Must be submitted no later than October 26, 2023.

Email:  hudsonhubtimes@recordpub.com

Marvin, a senior citizen who receives Summit DD services, celebrating his graduation.

Marvin’s Story

Meet Marvin. In 1964, he was set to graduate from Woodridge High School. However, after some confusion on a few class credits, he had to stay another year. Throughout his schooling, Marvin experienced unbearable bullying from fellow classmates. And in his final school year, it became too much to bear. So sadly, Marvin never received his diploma. Read More ›