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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

Clermont DD is kicking off a new feature…podcasting!  We hope to bring you information about our program, as well as training sessions each month.

Here is our 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 are below:

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.



Wildey School Graduation

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) celebrated the Class of 2018 at the Thomas A. Wildey School Commencement Ceremony on May 24.  Those honored were:  Madison Cooper, Molly Cooper, Andrew Johnson, and Catherine May of Milford Exempted Village School; Jacob Friedman of West Clermont Locals Schools; Joshua Fox of Batavia Local Schools; and Brandon Gray of Williamsburg 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:  Kim Pellington, Emily Chesnut, Michael Chapman, Mary Jane West, and David Thamann.  Staff from the Wildey School also attended, as well as family members and friends of the students.

“These young adults are headed for bright new futures,” said Ottke.  “We will miss them and their families, who have been very active in our school program over the years.”

This year’s ceremony was dedicated to Thomas A. Wildey, III, who passed away in August, 2017.  Wildey was a CCDD Board member for 12 years and was the son of Thomas A. Wildey, Jr., of whom the Wildey School is named.  Wildey and his family have been present at most graduation ceremonies over the years and, in his honor, an empty chair was left for him during this year’s ceremony.

“It was a shock to us all when Mr. Wildey passed away last year,” said Principal Jay Williams.  “We reserved a seat for him tonight, and we know he is with us in spirit.”

Several members of Wildey’s family were in attendance at this year’s ceremony.  In keeping with tradition, they plan to attend future commencements.

Catherine May received the Donald A. Collins Achievement Award. May received this achievement for always following her class schedules, 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.

Carla Tobergte, a representative of the Clermont County Special Education Association, presented special gifts to each graduate on behalf of the members of the Association.

Certificates of attendance were presented by Superintendent Ottke, as well as Todd Wells of Milford Schools, and representatives from West Clermont Schools.

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