Nominations Open For 2019 Golden Leaf Awards

Government and Politics

August 12, 2019

Clark County, OHIO:  Nominations are now being accepted for Developmental Disabilities of Clark County’s first annual Golden Leaf Awards. The Golden Leaf Awards recognize dedicated and community-minded people/businesses who have worked to exemplify excellence in inclusion, employment, advocacy, and support on behalf of citizens in Clark County who have developmental disabilities. Nomination forms are available on the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County website,

The awards will be given in the following five categories: The Rosemary Paxson Award, The DSP Excellence Award, The Donnis Bailey Self-Advocacy Award, The Champion City Employer of the Year Award, and The Dr. F.F. Mueller Visionary Award.

The Rosemary Paxson Award honors a person, agency, or organization whose effort and service go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities;

The DSP Excellence Award recognizes a person who has positively affected an individual or individual's life for the better through his/her work as a Direct Support Professional;

The Donnis Bailey Self Advocacy Award commends an individual with a developmental disability whose actions or advocacy efforts have helped themselves or others;

The Champion City Employer of the Year Award honors an employer in Clark County that has embraced a workforce where all people can be valued and appreciated;

The Dr. F.F. Mueller Visionary Award recognizes a person or organization that is making an impact in the community for people with developmental disabilities through inclusive opportunities, innovative programs, volunteerism, or organizational partnerships.

The awards will be presented during a luncheon on October 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Courtyard by Mariott in downtown Springfield. This event will feature a plated meal, awards ceremony, and a special guest speaker, Chris Ulmer. Tickets are available via the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County’s website at

“In this second year of the event, we are excited about honoring people and organizations in our community that assist people with developmental disabilities to thrive,” said Jennifer Miller, superintendent of Developmental Disabilities of Clark County.

Developmental Disabilities of Clark County (Clark DD) is a publicly funded agency that empowers people throughout their lifetime to achieve their fullest potential. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County funds and supports the F.F. Mueller Residential Center, adult services, in-home early intervention programs for children, transportation in specialized vehicles, family resources and respite care, and vocational training.  Clark DD also offers assistance and training to other providers of developmental disabilities services, including home care agencies and independent providers.