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John Romer Advocacy Award

Nominations for the John Romer Advocacy Award will open April 15. Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) created this award to honor John’s legacy and the impact he had on so many lives.

The award will recognize someone whose exceptional advocacy work on behalf of themselves and others has made a significant impact on their community. Nominees must live in Hamilton County and be at least 16 years old. Previous winners are not eligible to win again. 

How to nominate yourself or others
  1. Nominations must be 300 words or less. They should provide examples of the nominee’s advocacy work and impact in the community.
  2. Send your nomination form to the Community Relations team at communityrelations@hamiltondds.org by Friday, May 17. You can also mail the nomination form to:

Hamilton County DD Services

c/o Community Relations

1520 Madison Road

Cincinnati, OH 45206

  1. Make sure to include a phone number or email address so the award committee can reach you. Award winners will be notified in the summer.

Download the nomination form as a Word document or a PDF

John Romer was a giant in the advocacy world. During his life and career, he lifted the voices of people with disabilities, encouraging everyone to speak up for themselves and advocate for change.

John was the HCDDS advocacy director for many years. Learn more about John and his career in this story, published when he retired in June 2021. You can also read about his impact on the lives of people with disabilities in this My Life magazine story from 2023.

Three women stand outdoors and you can see trees in the background. Each is holding an award. From left, Melinda Gabelman, Dr. Courtney Reece, and Alicia Hopkins. They are the winners of the John Romer Advocacy Award, created by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services.

The 2023 John Romer Advocacy Award winners: Melinda Gabelman, left, Courtney Reece, and Alicia Hopkins. The Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services recognized them for exceptional community advocacy.

Former Advocacy Director John Romer sits at a table. He is smiling and looking at the camera.

John Romer was the HCDDS advocacy director for many years. During his life and career, he lifted the voices of people with disabilities, encouraging everyone to speak up for themselves and advocate for change.