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October Podcast

This month, we discuss “Self Advocacy – What it Means to Me.”  Clermont County Turn Up the Voices is the new self-advocacy group that was established in 2018.  The group is currently recruiting new members and have helped organize a District Advocacy Conference for the Southwest Ohio Region this year.

Please enjoy their take on self advocacy!

Clermont County Turn Up the Voices Brochure


CCDD Board Meeting – August 21

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 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, or (513) 732-4921.


4-H and CCDD Host “A Day in the Ring”

Adults from the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) participated in “A Day in the Ring” during the 2018 Clermont County Fair.

Eric Plowman of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (left) practices walking Fiona with Whitney Hauserman of Tate Township prior to “A Day in the Ring” at the 2018 Clermont County Fair.

“A Day in the Ring” is a program offered by the OSU Extension Office, and gives 4-H members the opportunity to mentor people who have special needs.  This event was held on Thursday, July 26 in the Gibbons Arena on the Clermont County Fairgrounds.  Although there were other shows going on at the same time, there were many people in the audience to cheer for those who participated.

“The goal of ‘A Day in the Ring’ is to allow individuals with special needs the opportunity to achieve success in the show ring and for 4-H members to utilize their animal projects to mentor others,” said Kelly Royalty, OSU Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Educator.  “We hope our community and audience realized that it’s not our similarities that make us unique, but our differences.  Everyone should live, laugh, love every day.”

Nine adults from CCDD arrived at 10 a.m. on July 26 and were paired with a 4-H member.  The group went to the goat barn to watch and assist with milking the dairy goats, before meeting the goat they would show during the final part of the event.  They spent most of the hour studying the characteristics of their goat and learning to guide the goat around the barn before heading over to the Gibbons Show Arena.  Next, they paraded around the arena before they were lined up for the actual show.

Several representatives of the Junior Fair Board Royalty attended the event to make announcements, as well as distribute medals and pose for pictures…not unlike what the royalty representatives would do at typical shows throughout the week of the fair.

Even though this was a non-competitive show, there was a judge who presided over the event.  James Jones has been raising and showing goats for many years.  Jones uses a wheelchair and wanted to make sure each person participating knew that their disability does not define them.  He stressed that setting goals and working towards them is how he lives each day.

For those who participated, it was a dream come true.

“I enjoyed working with my goat,” said Eric Plowman.  “Her name was Fiona, and she had cool horns.”

Plowman’s mentor was Whitney Hauserman of Franklin Township, who is a member of Felicity-Franklin FFA.

“I had fun telling Eric about my goat project and giving him the opportunity to show.”

For more information about “A Day in the Ring” plans for 2019 or to learn about other 4-H programs, visit  To learn about programs that serve people with disabilities, visit


Clermont DD Podcast

Please enjoy one of the podcasts below, and stay tuned for future recordings!

October podcast:  Self Advocacy and What it Means to Me


June, 2018 podcast featuring Rocky Arnett and Rachel Perlstein.
Clermont DD June 2018 Podcast – Part 1
Clermont DD June 2018 Podcast – Part 2
Clermont DD June 2018 Podcast – Part 3

Materials and resources for June:
Creating a Self-Care Plan
Mary Vicario – Finding Hope Consulting



Jennifer Neal Recognized at Clermont DD Board Meeting

Jennifer Neal was recognized for her dedication to the Wildey School PTO and Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities at the Board’s April 26 meeting.  Pictured from left are:  David Thamann, board member; Mary Jane West, board member; Kim Pellington, board vice president; Robert Grant, board president; Neal; Michael Chapman, board member; Jay Williams, Wildey School Principal; Emily Chesnut, board secretary; and Dan Ottke, Superintendent.

At the April 26 meeting of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Jennifer Neal of Miami Township was recognized for her volunteer services over the years.

Neal has been a member of the Wildey School PTO since it was created.  She stepped up to become the President and has assisted the school with fundraisers to purchase equipment and support students in many ways.

Neal is the mother of four; her twin daughters receive services from CCDD and attended the Wildey School.  It was her dream in the 2016-17 school year to produce a prom for students who have special needs.  The first event was held on May 6, 2017 at the Leming House in Miami Township.  Neal planned everything from decorations to volunteers that helped with the evening, to special food for the students as well as their chaperones.  Over 40 students attended.  It was so well received, Neal planned a second prom that took place this year on May 5, 2018.

At the CCDD Board meeting, Neal was presented special gifts from Wildey Principal Jay Williams.  Although she will be stepping down as President of the PTO, Neal remains committed to assisting children and adults with disabilities to lead meaningful lives.  She plans to be part of the planning process for the 2019 Prom, as well as other special projects for the future.