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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 www.clermontdd.org.

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Beckman, AMC Dine-In Cinema Honored at Chamber Breakfast

Picture Caption:  Christopher Beckman and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 Cinemas were recognized as Employer of the Year by the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) and its Business Advisory Council.  From left:  Matt Van Sant, Clermont Chamber of Commerce; Beckman; Cody Blevins, AMC Dine-In; Dan Ottke, CCDD; Michelle Dool, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; and Scott Brown, CCDD

Christopher Beckman and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 were presented with the 2017 “Employer of the Year” award at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday, October 20.  This award is sponsored each year by the Business Advisor Council of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) and is presented during one of the Clermont Chamber’s Business@Breakfast event series.

“We are honored to recognize Chris and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 this year,” said Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent.  “Chris and his staff take the time to recognize the strengths of those they employ and what they have to offer their community.”

AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 hires individuals from CCDD as well as other agencies that place individuals with special needs in community employment.  All of their employees are treated with dignity and respect, and AMC provides extra support to those who might need it, at any given time.  This encouragement assists each employee to get the most out of his or her career in the cinema industry.

Cody Blevins, an employee of AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9,  was placed in his job when AMC was Ovation Cinema and Grill.  He has been in his job for almost one year and was present at the Clermont Chamber breakfast to help honor Beckman.

The CCDD Business Advisory Council chooses one business each year that has gone above and beyond to assist people with developmental disabilities to obtain successful community employment.  This business is honored during October to celebration National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Members of the Business Advisory Council are Sherri Bowling, Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County; Lisa Walsh, Deimling Jeliho; Ian Aiuto, Home Depot Beechmont; Phil Kish, Round Bottom Recycling; Michelle Dool, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; Bill Boyers and Faiza Askari, Cintas.  Members of the Council from CCDD are Scott Brown, Roger Moning, and Greg Wood of CCDD Community Employment Services and Lisa Davis, CCDD Community Relations.

For more information on becoming a member of the BAC, contact Scott Brown at (513) 732-4851 or sbrown@clermontdd.org.

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Safety Net Alliance honors Lindsey Ein

Members of the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance executive board honored Lindsey Ein for her years of service to community members.  Those pictured are, from left:  Mary Seelhorts, Freestore/Foodbank; Billie Kuntz, Clermont County Community Services; Lori Conley, Empower Youth; Jim Dinkle, All Saints Lutheran Church and Tristate COAD; Leann Townes, Clermont County Community Services; Pastor Brandon Little, Landmark Ministries; Lindsey Ein, retiring from InterParish Ministries; Krista Little, Landmark Ministries; Susan Vilardo, The Literacy Council of Clermont/Brown Counties; Lisa Davis, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Michelle Sandlin, Park National Bank.

Lindsey Ein was expecting her last meeting with the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance to be just like any other meeting—a time for networking with other nonprofit representatives, a keynote speaker or two about options for those less fortunate in the county, etc.  Instead, she found the only thing on the meeting agenda was the announcement of a new website for the Safety Net Alliance and an entire program to honor Lindsey for her years of leadership and service as she moves on to the next chapter in her life—retirement.

Lindsey was the Executive Director of InterParish Ministries in Newtown for ten years.  Prior to that, she held positions with the Cincinnati Symphony, Alzheimer’s Association, and the University of Kentucky to name a few.  Her desire has always been to help others.

“We are so grateful to have had Lindsey in our lives all these years,” said Brandon Little, pastor of Landmark Ministries.  “When we had the first conversations about starting the Safety Net Alliance, Lindsey was the one who believed in the idea and kept persevering until it became a reality.”

The Clermont County Safety Net Alliance is a collaboration of social service agencies and other entities committed to providing effective and efficient emergency assistance to Clermont County residents in need.  This collaboration gives agencies the opportunity to meet with faith-based groups to learn what needs exist in the county and how the various groups can join with local businesses to meet these needs.  Quarterly meetings are held throughout the year, with Executive Committee meetings held each month.  Lindsey served as a member of the Executive Committee since the Safety Net Alliance’s inception in 2012 and was humbled by her farewell party at her last meeting.

“As I look around and see so many people who started this journey with us, I see new people among the crowd, too.  I am just so proud,” said Lindsey.  “All I did was share an idea of collaboration and connection, and everyone jumped on it.”

Although many people shared their memories of Lindsey and how she assisted them to become part of a community-wide collaboration to serve those in our county with a specified need, Ein kept saying over and over that she just had “an idea…lots of people helped make it become a reality.”

Lindsey will be retiring to Louisiville, Kentucky, where she and her husband will reside.  In true fashion, Ein asked for very few things on her last day with the Safety Net Alliance.

“The best gift you can give me is to keep this Alliance going,” said Lindsey.

The next scheduled meeting of the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance is on December 14. For more information on how your agency or faith-based organization can get involved, visit www.ccsafetynet.org or call (513) 327-8353 and tell them Lindsey Ein sent you.

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CCDD Board Training and Meeting

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will take place in the Wildey Center Cafeteria.

The Board’s Ethics Council will meet at 4 p.m., followed by Board Member Training by Bridget Gargan at 5 p.m.  Gargan is Executive Director of the Ohio Association of County Boards and will present until the regular board meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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