Art work by numerous artists with Brookhill Industries is now featured at the Putnam County Educational Service Center main showcase in Ottawa. (Photo submitted)
Art work by numerous artists with Brookhill Industries is now featured at the Putnam County Educational Service Center main showcase in Ottawa. (Photo submitted)

PUTNAM COUNTY — Ability at Work is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2014. The Putnam County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Brookhill People First Chapter 70 celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!"

Statewide, and across the nation, organizations such as Putnam County Board of Developmental Disabilities are devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Brookhill People First Chapter 70, a self advocacy group, is helping to bring public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Ability at Work” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools everyone wins. This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals with disabilities.    This art display is one way to show abilities at work!

 Nellie Ropp, is a native of Forest Ohio and moved to Putnam County as a young lady. She started working at Brookhill Center in 1980 and is currently semi-retired. She has been involved with ceramics art since she was in her early twenties.  She also had dabbled in some pencil sketching where she has drawn items like old fashion cars and bird cages. Currently Nellie is putting large puzzles together framing them and selling them as wall art.  Nellie has given her art away for gifts to people who are important in her life.  Nellie’s puzzle art is for sale.

Marilyn Peterson is a native of Liverpool Ohio and moved to Putnam County eleven years ago. She started working at Brookhill Industries in 2004 and attends full time. She enjoys painting, food crafts, latch hook kits, crocheting, & most other craft activities. She is displaying a latch hook wall art of a bear. Marilyn gives a lot of her art away for gifts to people who are important to her. Marilyn is an active member of People First. 

Other artists featured in this display are individuals who utilize the Life Option Corridor Activities Room at Brookhill Center.  They create many different kinds of art throughout the year as shown in this display. 

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, People First encourages their community to learn more about people who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make our community better place to live!