FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/1/19
DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES OF CLARK COUNTY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF F.F. MUELLER CENTER
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CLARK COUNTY, OHIO: Developmental Disabilities of Clark County is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the F.F. Mueller Residential Center.
On October 6, 1969, the cornerstone for the center was laid during a ceremony featuring local leaders including: Anson Hull, chairman of the board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Dean Sprague from the Clark County Board of MRDD; Judge Henry Robinson of the Columbus Hospital Federation; Martin Janus, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Hygiene; Rev. William Richardson; L.G. Rhonemus, president of the Clark County Commission; Betty Brunk, Mayor of Springfield; Richard Wehler, President of the Ohio ARC; and Dr. F.F. Mueller, Superintendent of the Board of MRDD. One year later, the first residents moved into Blue Cottage.
Currently, the F.F. Mueller Center is home to 22 people with developmental disabilities. The home provides 24/7 nursing care for the residents. Staff receive specialized training to work with and meet the social, psychological, medical, developmental, educational, and vocational needs of the individuals who call this their home. The center is funded by Medicaid and local levy dollars.
Developmental Disabilities of Clark County began in 1952 with a group of parents wanting a local school for their children with significant disabilities. These early activists defied the advice of the State, who wanted the children placed in institutions. Instead, these parents created an environment for the children of Clark County with disabilities to learn and remain at home with loving parents. This grassroots effort grew into Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, and is responsible for opening, with the help of local taxpayers, Town and Country School, TAC Industries, and the FF Mueller Center. In 1958, the Clark County community passed the world’s first locally funded tax initiative to provide services to children with disabilities.
“We are excited to celebrate our history with the community that helped shape it into a long standing, mission-driven organization,” said Jennifer Rousculp-Miller, Superintendent of Developmental Disabilities Clark County. “Our founders had passion and hope, and worked to ensure their children, and others like them, had opportunities to live full and happy lives. We are still helping people do that, and it’s due to the support of our community that we owe our success.”
Developmental Disabilities of Clark County is a publicly funded agency that empowers people throughout their lifetime to achieve their fullest potential. They fund and support people with developmental disabilities to live independently and learn job skills, while ensuring their health and safety. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County currently serves about 1,150 children and adults.
PHOTO CAPTION: Richard Wehler, Martha and Rev. Dr. F.F. Mueller, with the newly placed cornerstone of the F.F. Mueller Center, October 6, 1969.