The Clinton County Board of Developmental Disabilities announced the launch of Always There — a yearlong campaign to recognize the 50th anniversary of Ohio’s County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, which also will serve as the theme for this year’s Developmental Disabilities (DD) Awareness Month in March.
The Always There campaign marks the founding of Ohio’s 88 county boards by the Ohio General Assembly in 1967. The theme reflects the continuity of support, promotion of opportunity, and history of partnership county boards have offered to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the past, in the present, and in the future.
Jenny Rocheleau is a 29-year-old individual born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Jenny’s family located to Clinton County in 2000. She attended Wilmington City Schools, Clinton-Massie, and Laurel Oaks.
After high school, Jenny began attending Orion/Person Centered Services. Jenny is employed four days a week at PCS Orion and she loves working. One of her dreams is to own her own business with her sister that includes art, games, and music.
Jenny’s work experience includes Frisch’s Big Boy, Peebles, Bob and Carl’s Deli, and Wilmington College.
She wants people to know that her lifestyle is Down syndrome but that does not exclude her from participating in the community, working daily, and living with her roommate independently.
Jenny states, “My family, providers, the Clinton County Board of DD, and PCS/Orion have always been there to support my dreams and ambitions.” Jenny used the word “amazing” to describe multiple people who support her on a daily basis.
Jenny participates in several clubs, including the AIM Club, Aktion Club, Special Olympics, soccer, basketball, and attends the Wilmington Church of Christ where she sings in the choir.
She lives with her best friend through the week, and goes to her parents’ home on the weekends.
Jenny said she met her best friend Holly while touring PCS Orion; they decided to live together in the spring of 2015 and Jenny says “I love it.”
Jenny enjoys the spotlight and her nickname to her friends is Hollywood. She loves fashion, dancing, movies, and going out to eat.
She would like to go on a limo ride and become famous one day. Jenny is very hopeful that the world will go green and encourages people to recycle and save energy. Jenny wants people to know that she prays for the world and about the violence happening in America every day.