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Building Better Workplaces Through Inclusion

UPublish story by Eric Bailey

A strong workforce is built from the skills and talents of many individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Throughout the month of October, the County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) will proudly celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

More than 100 businesses and organizations in Summit County employ people with disabilities. Through carefully coordinated community employment programs, Summit DD and private providers arrange for expert staff to assist with initial on-the-job training and follow up to ensure the success of each individual.

Join us in celebrating October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month by hearing the stories of those who enjoy inclusive workplaces at

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and ways they can promote its messages — during October and

throughout the year — by visiting the Office of Disability Employment Policy website at

The County of Summit Developmental Disabilities Board is a levy-funded agency that provides services to more than 4,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Summit County. It is the organization’s mission to offer a lifetime of services and supports to eligible individuals and families that enable people with developmental disabilities to work, live, and learn as equal citizens in their communities. More information regarding the agency is available online at

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