Friday Update weekly newsletter
This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
March 7, 2014
- Next Family & Advocate Forum will be March 11
"What Next" training program is underway
- Do you have your team registered for Goalball?
- Call for photos: National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM)
- Parent and Professional Training continues
- Michigan preparing to drop the r-word
- CMS Waiver rule to take effect March 17o
- More upcoming events
1. Next Family & Advocate Forum will be March 11
The next Family and Advocate Forum will be Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Board of DD Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.
Topics will include the celebration of March as DD Awareness Month and the new Service and Support Rule. There will also be time for questions and comments.
Please let those you know with an interest in the DD field to attend. The goal of the Family and Advocate Forum is to present an atmosphere that allows a free flow of information and ideas.
2. "What Next" training program is underway
The Arc of Lucas County and the Lucas County Board of DD is presenting another in the "What Next" series of training programs for young adults, ages 16-26. The program offers life skills training necessary for becoming productive members of the community. Read the brochure at this link.
3. Do you have your team registered for Goalball?
So do you think you have what it takes to compete? If so, round up your teammates to sign up for the awesome Goal Ball experience! This will be Sunday, March 23, with team check-in from 10:30 -11:00 am at Tam-O-Shanter (7060 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania, OH 43560). Teams of 3 and participants must 13+ years old. Registration Fee: $30 per team (All participating teams will receive a souvenir t-shirt along with food and drink at the event.) Take this link to view a video about Goalball.
Alongside of the Goalball Tournament, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities have organized a number of agencies from across Lucas County to share information and raise awareness on a variety of developmental disabilities as well as the programs and supports that they offer. See the flyer/registration form for more information.
4. Call for photos: National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM)
Do you want your face to be a part of NAAM 2014? Do you have an adorably photogenic child, grandchild, friend or neighbor with autism? The Autism Society is looking for photos to help celebrate NAAM this April and spread the message of a better world for all impacted by autism.
The Autism Society is specifically looking for photos of adults working, learning and fully participating in their community. The Society will accept photos via email, so contact to send your images.
5. Parent and Professional Training continues
"Taking the Sting Out of Behavior" is the topic of the next free Parent & Professional Training seminar presented by the Lucas County Board of DD, the Educational Services Center Parent Mentor Program, and the Ohio Coalition for the Education Children with Disabilities. It will be March 18 at the Family First Zone at Larc Lane Center, 1155 Larc Lane in Toledo. See the flyer at this link for more information.
6. Michigan preparing to drop the r-word
Michigan lawmakers are looking to remove the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state law. Bipartisan bills would strike references to outdated language such as "retarded" from various statutes and instead use terms such as "developmentally disabled" or "intellectually disabled." Michigan is among just a handful of states to not have already passed such legislation.
7. CMS Waiver rule to take effect March 17
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on January 10. Effective March 17, the rule requires that waivers issued under Section 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act meet new setting requirements in order to be approved.
The intent of the new rule is to encourage states to provide home and community-based waiver services in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. The rule specifies that service planning must be done through a person-centered process that addresses health and long-term support needs, and may include a representative freely chosen by the individual.
For more information about the rule, please visit http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom
8. More upcoming events
The fifth annual Acoustics for Autism will be March 9 in Maumee. Learn more at this link.
Save the date!! March 14th, from 7-9 PM come out for a fun night of dancing at the iDance studio, located at 151 N Michigan Ave, Toledo, OH. Refreshments and light snacks will be available. Admission is $7 (staff and caregivers are free), but if you wear your GREEN clothes in celebration of St. Patrick's Day then it is $4. For more information please call 419-309-1610.
The Gliding Stars of Findlay will be hosting their 13th annual ice show "Let's go to the Movies" on Sunday, March 16, at the "Cube" in Findlay. The program begins at 2:30 pm. Gliding Stars is an adaptive ice skating program that first came to Findlay in November of 2000. Tickets for the ice show can be purchased in advance from Gliding Stars Parents or from Integrity Salon 117 West Sandusky Street. Tickets prices are $5.00 for children 10 and under, pre-sale adult tickets are $7.00, and adult tickets day of the show are $10.00. For more information please check us out at www.facebook.com/GlidingStarsofFindlay or contact Cindy Bregel at (419)-423-4536.
March 26 the Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities presents “Strategies for Addressing Disruptive Behaviors and Social Skill Difficulties in School and Home” with Dr. David Meichenbaum. This will be at the Holiday Inn French Quarter in Perrysburg. Follow this link to read the flyer for more information.
A Movement Based Playgroup & Storytime FOR Caregivers & Children 2-5 years old of all abilities. The group meets Fridays, from 10:00-11:30 am, starting March 28 through April 11, 2014. It will be located at Toledo Lucas County Public Library(325 Michigan Street), in the Children’s Library Program Room. To register or for more information, contact your Early Intervention Specialist or Denise Zellers at 419-381-6106, . For more information see the flyer.
S.O.A.R. Presents Next Steps to Employment, employment readiness & job-skills training for young adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities. Participants will explore a variety of vocational opportunities as well as develop the skills necessary to attain and maintain gainful employment in the community. Starts Monday March 31, Monday & Wednesday each week for five weeks followed by 10 hours of internship & exit interview. See the registration form. Questions or Registration Call: Jean 419-461-7366.
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.
April 4-6 Ohio SIBS is sponsoring another retreat for individuals with disabilities and their siblings. Read the flyer at this link for more information.
Save the date for Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point. It will be Thursday, May 22.
Join us on April 11, 2014 from 6:30 to 10:00 PM at Premier Banquet Center for our Spring Dinner Dance. Ticket registration is currently underway, and we are limited to 500 tickets, so get them early! Please see the flyer for more information.
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