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Phone: 419-380-4000 • Fax: 419-380-5136
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March is Developmental Disabilities
Often, attitudinal barriers affect everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is when we take additional time to address those barriers and replace them with greater awareness and understanding.
The statewide theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month -- Ability at Work -- encourages all of us to focus on a person’s talents and abilities, not the disability. When people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, house of worship, and schools everyone wins.
Recently, the Board of DD recognized several community partners, who have taken to heart that philosophy.
Bath and Body Works at the Franklin Park Mall provides employment to a person with a developmental disability. Jen Schacht and her staff are to be commended for demonstrating a real commitment to supporting the opportunity for this person to have the same life experiences as everyone else.
The operators of Wersell’s Bike Shop, Jill and Kathy Wersell, have been a strong and consistent supporter of the annual Lose the Training Wheels bike camp. At the camp, individuals with developmental disabilities gain greater access to community by learning to ride a bike.
Under the leadership of Pastor Jim Vicker, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is a providing a welcoming atmosphere to children and adults with cognitive delays or autism.
During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month we encourage people to learn more about the nearly five thousand individuals who receive services or supports from the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities and to recognize that everyone has talents and abilities that can make this a better place to live.
New video recounts
the history of services for persons
with developmental disabilities
This 12 minute video captures the history of how
parent volunteers in Lucas County helped create
schools, employment programs and camps.
It is a heritage that current supports and services
are built upon.
Board approves 2014 Action Plan
Each year the Board of DD approves an Action Plan to reflect the steps to address key goals, confirm the Core Values, and commit to the tactical steps that will assure that individuals with developmental disabilities can experience the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens. Follow this link
to read the Action Plan.
Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
engages firm to find new Superintendent
The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has begun the search for a new Superintendent, retaining Waverly Partners, LLC as its executive search firm. Board President Rod Standiford will head a 6-member search committee that will work with Waverly Partners to identify qualified local, regional and national candidates.
“Our committee has developed a profile with the experience and leadership characteristics of our preferred candidate,” Standiford said. “We are open to executives with backgrounds in boards of DD and other kinds of nonprofits or related experience with a commitment to our mission: to assure that people with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens.”
The position profile is available at this link.
John Trunk, the organization’s previous Superintendent, resigned after 14 years of service to accept the Superintendent position with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board in Akron.
For more information about the search, contact search consultants Eric Peterson or Heidi Milosovic at .
For more information call Lori Mariucci, Director of Human Resources,
Lucas County takes a leadership position
with Employment First Initiative
John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of DD, was in Toledo for a news conference to announce a collaborative grant for Lucas County that will help more than 70 individuals find community-based employment and help create a model for success with the Employment First Initiative.
Here are excerpts from that news conference.
EduCare Center celebrates its 20th anniversary
The EduCare Center, 1932 Birchwood in Toledo, celebrated its 20th anniversary with an open house on July 24th. John Trunk, Superintendent of the Lucas County Board of DD, said, "We know that it truly takes a partnership to accomplish something as truly successful as the EduCare Center."
Video reflects the Board's Mission Statement
It is the Mission of the Lucas County Board of DD to ensure that all individuals with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens.
Proclamation endorses Employment First Initiative
Lucas County Commissioners have issued a Proclamation endorsing the Employment First Initiative to expand community employment opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.
Read the Proclamation.?
(from left) Commissioner Pete Gerken; Kristen Helling, Employment First Project Coordinator; Commissioner Carol Contrada; employee James Hickman; employee Lorenda Hooker; Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak; and Superintendent John Trunk.
Board approves Action Plan for 2013
The 2013 Action Plan outlines steps that will be taken in 2013 to ensure that vital services and supports are available to individuals with developmental disabilities so they can pursue lives that are meaningful to them. The Board, in identifying goals and priorities, will be mindful of population trends, the changing needs of individuals and their families as they progress through the various stages of life, as well as political and social outlooks. Read the Plan.
Board of DD awarded three-year
The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has received major recognition for its efforts help individuals with disabilities find employment in community-based settings. The Board of DD was awarded a three-year accreditation by CARF International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services founded in 1966.
“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the persons served,” said Brian J. Boon, President of CARF International." Read more
Preferred Properties celebrates
20 years of success and making a difference