About Us

Society for Equal Access, Independent Living Center, Inc. has been in operation since April, 1990. S.E.A. is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability, private, non-profit organization operated by and for individuals with disabilities. S.E.A. currently serves residents of the East Central Ohio counties of: Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, and Tuscarawas.

The purpose of Society for Equal Access is two-fold:

  • To assist individuals with significate disabilities to live independently.
  • To serve the community at large by helping create an environment that is accessable to all.

We strive to accomplish our purpose by:

  • Providing direct services to individuals with significant disabilities that enable those individuals to enjoy a greater level of independence and intergration into the community at large.
  • Providing services to the community such as community education and advocacy that result in a greater awareness of disability issues, accessibility, and system changes.

Why call? Because we care.

As an independent living center, it is required that at least 50% of our Board of Directors, Leadership Team, and Employees are diagnosed or self-diagnosed as individuals with one or multiple disabilities. By seeing, experiencing, and living the same lives as those we serve, we are suited to help our consumers in the most impactful ways.


Independent Living Services

Our Independent Living Specialists

Frances Gundrum I.L. Specialist

Frances Gundrum

Independent Living Specialist
Serving Holmes & Tuscarawas Counties
Heather Heid - I.L. Specialist

Heather Heid

Independent Living Specialist
Serving Jefferson, Coshocton, & Guernsey Counties
Brock Jones - I.L. Specialist

Brock Jones

Independent Living Specialist
Serving Belmont, Carroll, & Harrison Counties

Our Independent Living Services

Information and Referral

Current information on housing, transportation, assistive technology, and community services is provided to consumers as well as the community at large.

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills Training provides consumers with the basic skills to support their independent living goals. Training is provided in the following areas: Personal Care, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Budgeting/Money Management, Self-Advocacy, Employment, General Socialization, and Rights and Responsibilities.

Peer Support

Peer Support is a service through which consumers are able to connect and share experiences, knowledge, and coping skills with other individuals in a comfortable and relaxed group environment.

Advocacy & Education

S.E.A. provides speakers to civic groups, schools, churches, and public or private organizations interested in learning more about disability-related issues and awareness. Topics include, but are not limited to: Accessibility, Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] Compliance, Disability Rights, and Disability Sensitivity.

Youth-In-Transition Services

Youth-In-Transition Classes are a service that is offered to students and schools within our eight county service area. These classes provide students that are about to transition to independent living with the skills needed for this transition. Job Readiness/Resume Building/Interview Skills, Communication/Social Interactions, Budgeting/Money Management, and Rights & Responsibilities are all skills that are covered in this class.

Adult Daily Living Services

Adult Daily Living Classes are designed to help adults aquire the daily living skills that keep them living safely and independently in their homes. Skills include: Social Skills, Job Readiness, Cooking, Hygiene, Budgeting, and more.
These classes are open to any individual 18 or older and can be scheduled as needed.

Transition Services

For residents residing in a Nursing or Rehabilitation Center, a Long Term Care Facility, Local Hospitals, or Assisted Living Facilities who wish to safely and independently return to a home of their choice, Society for Equal Access can help you in planning and coordinating a return to community living.

First Aid, CPR, & AED Trainings

Society for Equal Access is proud to offer RED CROSS Adult & Pediatric First Aid, CPR, & AED Training and Certification. These classes and certifications are open to all members of our communities and are held the first Friday of every month at 10:00am. The cost for this class and RED CROSS Certification is $125.00 per individual. For more information, or to schedule larger or on-site classes, please contact Mike West at: (330) 343-3668 -Ext. 114.

Tuscarawas County Ramp Program

Society for Equal Access partners with United Way of Tuscarawas County to provide clients with ramps to access their homes. United Way funds the project while S.E.A works with local volunteers such as NewPointe Community Church and the New Philadelphia Nazarene Church to build the ramps.
To qualify for the ramp program you just have to live in Tuscarawas County. Call Society for Equal Access at 330-343-9292 for more information.
If you are a church or other organization and you would like to volunteer to help in ramp construction, please call 330-343-9292, ext 111, -Kevin Hannahs, and ask for details. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

The Kids on the Block

Disability Sensitivity and Anti-Bullying Awareness

"The Kids on the Block" presentations teaches Disability Sensitivity and Anti-Bullying Skills to students. All too often, children with disabilities have difficulty socially connecting with their peers. Kids on the Block performances highlighting Disability Awareness help to breakdown peers sense of confusion, misunderstanding, and stereotypes that may place a barrier between social acceptance and friendship. The KOB program is for students grades preschool thru 5th grade.
Our 'Kids' explain to children that everyone has differences, but those differences make us each unique. Call Society for Equal Access at 330-343-9292 to set up your Kids on the Block Puppet Performance. All presentations and performances are free of charge.


Frequently Asked Questions

What counties do you serve?

Society for Equal Access serves the residents of Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, and Tuscarawas Counties.

Do I have to have a diagnosis from a doctor?

Society for Equal Access provides services to both individuals that have a medical diagnosis, as well as those that are self-diagnosed.

What are some of the disabilities that you serve?

Each consumer is unique and so are their stories, their challenges, and their needs.
Society for Equal Access works with consumers based on their needs and their situation, not on the label of the disability. If you have been diagnosed with, or have self-diagnosed as having a mental, physical, or emotional disability, we ask you to call our specialists to learn more.

What if I'm unable to come to your office?

Our Independent Living Specialist provide in-home services and can set up an appointment to visit you in your home or residence.

Is there an age limit on the services you offer?

Society for Equal Access is dedicated to providing the needed services to all individuals within our communities.
While some programs do have specific age and program restrictions, we encourage you to call and speak with one of our Independent Living Specialist to learn of the most current and up to date programs.

How can I learn more?

We can be reached by telephone at: (330) 343-9292
Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Or you can stop into our offices located at:
22 Bank Lane Dover, Oh 44663
during normal business hours.


Transportation Services

Society for Equal Access has been supplying excellent transportation services for the past 32 years. We have well-trained, polite, and courteous drivers that are certified in CPR, First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, Defensive Driving, and state required "DRIVE" training. All drivers must go through a physical, pass a BMV Check, a BCI check, 7 additional database checks, as well as continued drug and alcohol screenings.

Our Transportation & Support Team

Gary Compton - Transportation Scheduler

Gary Compton

Transportation Scheduler
Chris Kent - Fleet Machanic

Chris Kent

Fleet Machanic
Mike West - Building Supervisor

Mike West

Building Supervisor

Our Transportation Services

Medicial & Other Appointment Transportation

Society for Equal Access has partnered with the Tuscarawas County Department of Job and Family Services for the past 19 years and provides approximately 1200 - 1500 rides per month.

Both Passenger and Wheelchair Accessible Vans

Society of Equal Access owns and opperates a fleet of both passenger and wheelchair accessible minivans, as well as full sized passenger and wheelchair accessible vans.


Meet our Leadership Team

Our Management Team

Kevin Hannahs - Executive Director

Kevin Hannahs

Executive Director
Ada Mears - Associate Director

Ada Mears

Associate Director
Jerry Wortman - Transportation Supervisor

Jerry Wortman

Transportation Supervisor

2023 - 2024
Board Members

~ Robert Fair ~
Vice President:
~ Rick Miller ~
~ Susan Foutz ~
~ Twyla McCartney ~
~ Cindy Franklin ~
~ Allen Miller ~
~ Rick Chappell ~


Contact Us

Our Address

22 Bank Lane
Dover, Ohio 44622
*located behind Pizza Hut on S. Wooster Ave.*

Call Us

Independent Living:
(330) 343-9292

Call Us

(330) 343-3668

S.E.A. Side of building


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 200d), related statutes and regulations provide that no person shall on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, or disabilities be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funds.

Society for Equal Access/lLC does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry) disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

To file a complaint, you may call the Executive Director at (330) 343-9292, Ext. 111, email: khannahs@seailc.org or visit our administrative office at 22 Bank Lane, Dover, Ohio 44622

Complaints may be filed directly with the FTA with the Office of Civil Rights, Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator, East Building, 5th Floor-TCR, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC, 20590