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Wall of Honor

Hall of Fame

The Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame was founded in Dayton, Ohio in 1989 as a commitment throughout Miami Valley to recognize, honor, and celebrate the achievements of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities as valued contributing members of our communities, as well as to acknowledge the long-time service of advocates and professionals.

Individuals are inducted into various categories, including arts, sports, community service, employment, personal achievement, and more.

At Choices, we celebrate clients who have earned their induction into the Hall of Fame.


Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards

Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards were founded in Dayton, Ohio in 1990 by her family—Ken, Nancy and Kirk Ritchey—with support from across Ohio as a living tribute to her memory.

Erin, born in 1981, attended the Early Childhood Education Center and had joined the mainstream of public education at the time of her death in an automobile accident.

The Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant accomplishments and/or that have significantly improved the quality of lives for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Recipients include community partners, families, professionals, advocates, and consumers. Awards are presented in various categories, including the Carl Day Volunteer Service Award, Erin’s Award and more.

We honor and celebrate those we serve, our families, volunteers, community partners & staff who have been recognized with a regional Erin Ritchey Memorial Award.


(Former Dayton mayor Nan Whaley presenting a proclamation to one of our clients.)