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Friday Update weekly newsletter

This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

July 18, 2014  

  1. Board approves contract with Deb Yenrick as the new Superintendent
  2. Marcy Kaptur will meet with local People First chapter
  3. Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Annual Awards
  4. Congratulations to Lucas County athletes for a great performance
  5. Latest Health & Welfare Alert
  6. Friends of the Board of DD again competing in the Dragon Boat competition - July 19
  7. Updated Resource Guide now available
  8. More upcoming events 


1.     Board approves contract with Deb Yenrick as the new Superintendent

In a special meeting Monday, the Lucas County Board of DD unanimously formalized  an agreement with Deb Yenrick to be the next Superintendent. Deb is no stranger to the Lucas County Board. She spent 26 years with the Board before leaving in 2000 to become Superintendent of the Sandusky County Board of DD.

"I am thrilled to be back," she said. "IO look forward to working with families and staff as we move into the future."

Deb is a former Director of Adult Services for Lucas County, Case Management Coordinator, and Facility Manager. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Mar Manse College and a Master's in Special Education from the University of Toledo. Deb is a past president of the Northern Ohio Directors Association and a past Chair of the Lucas County Medicaid Task Force.

Deb's first day with Lucas County will be August 4.


2.      Marcy Kaptur will meet with local People First chapter

People First of Greater Toledo is pleased to announce that Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will be at its August 21 meeting. Doors open to the public but all the questions will be asked   People First members.  More details will be forthcoming.

There is no July meeting for People First.


3.      Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Annual Awards

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) annually recognizes businesses, groups and individuals who have significantly contributed to employment opportunities and community involvement for people with disabilities. It is anticipated that their example will inspire others in both the public and private sectors to realize ability rather than disability as the most important factor in employment and community inclusion.

Take a moment to review the awards on the Council website (dropdown Awards) and nominate a community leader, organization or business for the appropriate recognition.

This year the awards will be presented on October 16, 2014 in the Atrium at The Ohio State House.

  • Accessible Medical Practice Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Best Practices Award
  • Advocacy Award
  • Legislator of the Year Award
  • Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award
  • Karla Lortz Scholarship Award

Deadline for application is July 31.


4.      Congratulations to Lucas County athletes for a great performance

Hats off to the Lucas County athletes for their stellar performances at the Special Olympics State Summer Games. Especially noteworthy are two first place finishes in their divisions for the Wildcats and the Blue volleyball squads. Also, cyclist Kris Sanner, just back from his gold medal performance in the National Games picked up three gold medals. Damion Barton picked up a first place award in the softball throw.   Edmund Lyons finished first in the 800 meter run. Kyle Hammond won three first place honors in weight lifting competition.


5.     Latest Health & Welfare Alert

Choking is a leading cause of death in America in general, but is of special concern for individuals with health and physical limitations that increase the risk even higher.  Follow this link for the latest Health and Welfare Alert just issued by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities entitled, Choking. Please take a moment to read this important information.


6.      Friends of the Board of DD again competing in the Dragon Boat competition - July 19

Partners In Education will be hosting the 13th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, July l9, at International Park in downtown Toledo from 9:00 to 4:00. There are over 30 teams scheduled to participate in the festival this year, including one representing Friends of the Lucas County Board of DD.  The 40ft. long Hong Kong style Dragon Boats, complete with head and tail, will be racing 500 meters up and down the Maumee River. Each team will participate in three races during the day, with first round times determining the second and championship round placement. For more information read the flyer at this link.


7.     Updated Resource Guide now available

The updated Community Resource Guide for people with disabilities and special healthcare needs is now available. You can view and download at this link


8.       More upcoming events    

The next Rec Jam will be July 23 at the Ottawa Park Ice Rink. No skating but lots of dancing from 7:00 to 9:00. Read the flyer for more information.

The Autism Society 45th Annual National Conference and Exposition is  July 23-26 in Indianapolis. Register at this link.

This year the Susan’s Smiles of Happiness fundraiser celebrates its 5th anniversary! Eat at PizzaPapalis on Sunday, July 27, from 5 to 9 p.m. Ten percent of all dine-in and carryout food purchases goes towards needed dental care for approximately 110 individuals who live at Sunshine Communities (historically Sunshine Children’s Home).  Read the flyer.

Circle the date for the annual ADA Awareness Day at the Toledo Zoo. The event, sponsored by the Ability Center of Greater Toledo will be July 28.

July 28 is the annual Crime Prevention Day sponsored by the Toledo Police Probation Team. It will run from 10:00 to 2:00 at the Ottawa Park shelter house. Read the flyer at this link.

August 2 is the second annual Ride & Roast to benefit Camp Courageous. The escorted motorcycle ride will leave Toledo Harley-Davidson on West Central Avenue at 1:30 and end at Camp.  For more information call 419-875-6828 and follow this link.

The Ohio Governor's Council for People With Disabilities, in partnership with The Arc of Ohio, is inviting future community leaders to attend the annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) For Students with Disabilities at the State Capitol in Columbus, Ohio, August 3-7, 2014. The application, which includes details about requirements and deadlines, can be can be viewed and printed here.

Has a professional suggested you or a loved one are gluten sensitive? Have you considered going gluten free? Dose it look overwhelming? Too expensive? Have you tried it and felt it was too difficult? Those questions will be covered at the August 6 session of the Arc of Lucas County Caregiver Support and Information. Meeting time is 6:00-8:00 pm at the Arc office, 3450 W. Central Ave., Suite 354 (Inside the Westgate Village Office Center), Toledo 43606 Call Pam at The Arc for more information. (419) 882-0941

August 9 is the deadline to register for the annual  Becky Zibbel / Chippewa Golf Scramble benefiting Shared Lives Studio.  Use this link for more info. Great prizes available for all players!

Mass Mutual will be sponsoring a free sensory friendly showing of Frozen on August 14  at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Read the flier at this link. Doors open at 5:45pm and movie starts at 6:15pm. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED  with your name and number of attendees to: Candace Gildea at 419-887-6233 or by email to 

The Franklin County Board of DD will sponsor a Project STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) 'Train the Trainer' training August 18-21, 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Worthington. The FCBDD Self Advocate Advisory Council is currently finalizing details for this event, which will be coordinated by the Ohio Self Determination Association (OSDA).
For more information see the registration flyer at this link.

September 6 is the date for the annual Walk, Run & Roll to benefit Sunshine. Follow this link for the brochure and registration information.

September 27 will be the first annual “Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor Adventure Fair” sponsored by the Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair Committee. It will be held September 27th at Camp Perry. Read more at this link.


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