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CCDD Board Meeting

 

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Conference Room.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Ethics Council will meet at 5 p.m.

Please contact ldavis@clermontdd.org or (513) 732-4921 for more information.

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Clermont DD Celebrates Wildey Graduates

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) celebrated the Class of 2017 at the Thomas A. Wildey School Graduation Ceremony on May 25.  Those graduating were:  Emilie Bishop, Ronnika Caseltine, and Brandon Stiles of Bethel-Tate Local Schools; Kevin House, Caitlyn Kidd, and Alexandra Schumacher of West Clermont Local Schools.

CCDD Superintendent Dan Ottke welcomed the audience and introduced special guests that included former Superintendent Donald A. Collins, who is also a member of the Clermont DD Empowers Me Board, and members of the current CCDD Board:  Greg Carson, President; Kim Pellington, Vice President; Harry Snyder, and Emily Chesnut. Staff from the Wildey School also attended, as well as family members and friends of the graduates.

Many former teachers and faculty members were in the audience to support the graduating students.  Former Board member Thomas A. Wildey III and his family attend this event each year.  The school was named for Wildey’s father, Thomas A. Wildey Jr., who was a Board member in the 1980s and 90s.  The Wildey Family has graciously supported CCDD and people with disabilities since Tom Jr. became affiliated with the organization.

“Graduation is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Ottke.  “It is always great to see so many people who attend to honor the graduates for the accomplishments they have made throughout their school years.”

During his opening speech, Ottke gave a bit of background information about each student, and explained where each is headed after graduation.

Emily Bishop of Tate Township has been affiliated with CCDD since age three.  She was a member of the Wildey basketball team and participated in many Special Olympics events.  Bishop now attends Camp Allyn in Batavia Township, which is a program operated by Stepping Stones, Inc.

Ronnika Caseltine resides with her family in Bethel.  She began attending the Wildey School at age 12; previously, she attended classes in Williamsburg, Felicity, and New Richmond School Districts.  She plans to stay home and enjoy spending time with her family that includes four brothers, one sister, and lots of nieces and nephews.

Kevin House of Union Township has attended the Wildey School for two years.  During that time, he has become a hard worker.  He served as the main office assistant for the school, running errands and delivering packages for not only the school, but administrative offices, and the adult services program.  House was crowned Prince at the Thomas A. Wildey School PTO Prom on May 6.  Although he is keeping his options open after graduation, he will continue to be a volunteer at the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Caitlin Kidd resides with her mother in Union Township.  She attended the Wildey School for most of her school career and will be attending Angels 4 Life, LLC in the future.  When not at her new day program, she will spend time with her sisters, Sara and Isabella.

Alexandra Schumacher of Batavia Township has been affiliated with CCDD since she was three months old when she began receiving Early Intervention Services.  She then attended Holly Hill Pre-School before returning to Wildey at age 5.  She has enjoyed the time she spent with teachers and friends, and was proud to be crowned Prom Queen this spring.  She will now move on to Angels 4 Life, LLC.

Brandon Stiles of Tate Township has attended the Wildey School since pre-school.  He enjoys spending time with his family, especially his brother and sister.  He had a great year, adding Prom King to his list of accomplishments during his last year in high school.  He has not made a decision about any additional programs after graduation, but plans to enjoy the summer with his family and friends.

During the ceremony, House was awarded the Donald A. Collins Achievement Award for overcoming adversity, making mature choices throughout the years, and expressing great leadership whenever necessary.  Mr. Collins presents this award each year to a student who has made a lasting impressing on the Wildey School.

Diplomas were presented by Superintendent Ottke, as well as Chuck Boothby, West Clermont Supervisor of Special Education Services, and Kim Meguire, Student Services Director at Bethel Tate.

Guests enjoyed a reception immediately following the ceremony.  To view pictures or video from the night, visit clermontdd.org.

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CCDD awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation 

CARF International has announced that the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) has been accredited for a period of three years in the following areas:  Child and Youth Services; Community Employment Services—Employment Supports; Community Employment Services—Job Development; Community Integration; Employment Planning Services; Organizational Employment Services; Service Coordination.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows CCDD’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself through a rigorous peer review process. It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

“This is the seventh consecutive three-year accreditation that we have received from CARF,” said Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent.  “We are honored to have received this status.”

In April, the CARF survey team spent three days assessing the various services provided by CCDD.  During this time, they met with families, spoke with employers who have hired people from CCDD, and interviewed individuals who receive agency services.  Among two pages of strengths that were cited in the final report were the surveyors’ recognition of CCDD’s strong visionary and leadership team, fiscal consistency that promotes long-term financial stability, well-trained and dedicated staff, and community inclusion.  Additionally, CCDD was recognized for its efforts to remain heavily involved in community civic organizations and for the public forums that are held each year to give the public updates while receiving feedback on where improvement can be made.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org or contact Lisa Davis, CCDD Community Relations Director, at (513) 732-4921 or ldavis@clermontdd.org.

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CCDD Board Meeting and Graduation

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2016 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Early Childhood Conference Room.  Prior to the Board meeting, the Ethics Council will meet at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., CCDD will join with Bethel Tate and West Clermont local school districts to honor the Wildey School Class of 2017 at their graduation ceremony.  The event will take place in the Wildey School Gym and will recognize Emilie Bishop, Ronnika Caseltine, Kevin House, Caitlin Kidd, Alexandra Schumacher, and Brandon Stiles.  A reception for families and guests will immediately follow the graduation ceremony.

Please contact ldavis@clermontdd.org or (513) 732-4921 for more information.

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Clermont DD Board to Meet

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia, OH 45103 (near Owensville). Prior to the meeting, the Ethics Committee will meet at 5 p.m.

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