Press Releases

Clermont DD Board Reorganizes on January 25

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold their Annual Reorganizational Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia, OH 45103 (near Owensville).   In addition to their regular business meeting, Board members will take the Oath of Office, elections will be held for 2018 officers, and a schedule of meetings will be set for the rest of the year.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Davis at, or (513) 732-4921.



CCDD Plans Focus Groups

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities will hold a Focus Group on Thursday, January 18, to ask for public input to assist with developing a three-year strategic plan.  The meeting will be held from 4-5 p.m. at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.

Focus groups have been held the past few weeks in sessions that include parents, providers, families, and individuals who receive services from CCDD.  These sessions have included a CCDD overview as well as survey questions about building self-advocacy, supported decision making, integrating settings, community employment, and building provider capacity.

After the public focus group is held on January 18, information will be gathered and added into a strategic plan document that will cover 2018, 2019, and 2020.  The input will be compiled into goals and action steps where CCDD departments and the agency itself can improve upon the services they currently provide to children and adults in Clermont County.

For more information or to attend, please contact Lisa Davis at (513) 732-4921 or

December Board Meeting and Public Hearing

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, December 14 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Prior to the meeting at 4 p.m, there will be a Public Hearing to receive input from interested individuals that will be considered in the development of the 2018 Annual Action Plan.  A draft copy of the plan will be available prior to the hearing by contacting

Following the Public Hearing, the Board’s Ethics Committee will meet at 5 p.m.

Please call (513) 732-4921 for more information.

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egal Notices to appear in Community Journal papers on December 7 and December 14.


Self Advocates Attend the Synergy Conference in Columbus

Many thanks to Amber Atkerson and Ellen Thompson, who represented Clermont DD at

the 2017 Synergy Conference in Columbus.  The self advocates enjoyed meeting others from around the state, as well as attending sessions that included staying safe, adaptive technology, and recognizing scams.

Both self advocates are looking forward to heading up a group of individuals from Clermont DD to attend next year.  Watch for more info from these amazing young adults!


50th Anniversary Celebration at the Statehouse

Picture caption: Representing the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and preparing their portion of the OACB Time Capsule is, from left: Superintendent Dan Ottke, Self Advocate Shane Smith, Self Advocate Brittany Hauser, and Activity Coordinator Angie Stanton.

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Ohio Statehouse on October 24.  The celebration was coordinated by the Ohio Association of County Boards to commemorate 50 years of service to people with disabilities in Ohio.

Each of the 88 county board programs gathered information from their respective counties for a time capsule that will be opened at the 75th anniversary.  Those presenting the time capsule contents from Clermont County were Superintendent Dan Ottke, Activity Coordinator Angie Stanton, and Self Advocates Shane Smith and Brittany Hauser.

Hauser represented Clermont County by attending a special ceremony in the House Chamber.  She, along with a representative from each county board of developmental disabilities in attendance, sat in the Gallery viewing box for the presentation.  House Resolution 278 was presented to honor the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities on their 50th anniversary of services in Ohio.  Speaker of the House Cliff Rosenberg (R-District 91) and Representative Mike Duffey (R-District 21) sponsored the resolution; it was cosponsored by Representatives Fred Strahorn (D-District 39), Nickie Antonio (D-District 13), Louis Blessing (R-District 29), Kristin Boggs (D-District 18), Andrew Brenner (R-District 67), Nicholas Celebrezze (D-District 15), Sarah LaTourette (R-District 76), Scott Ryan (R-District 71), Gary Scherer (R-District 92, and Emilia Strong Sykes (D-District 34).

The Ohio Association of County Boards planned lunch for the event and afternoon meetings with senators or state representatives from each area of the state.  Although the attendees from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities did not plan meetings with any state officials, they were able to have lunch with Senator Joe Uecker (R-District 14), who invited them for a tour of his office.  The group also had the opportunity to visit with Representative Doug White (R-District 66) who was waiting for his first appointments in the Atrium of the Statehouse.

Before leaving for the day, Smith and Hauser participated in a statewide video project that will complete the 50th anniversary year and will be available sometime before the end of 2017.

As the group was leaving the Statehouse, they talked with former State Senator Tom Niehaus who was in Columbus on business.

“Today, I had the opportunity to meet a State Senator, a State Representative, and a Former State Senator,” said Self Advocate Shane Smith.  “I’ve really enjoyed my day at the Statehouse.”

For more information about this event and or other 50th anniversary celebrations, visit