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

October 17, 2014

  1. Families urged to attend local forum will discuss intent of U.S. Department of Justice
  2. Schedule has changed for the Family & Advocate Forums
  3. Heartwarming story about Service and Support Specialist Vickie Schaffner's son and family
  4. Senate measure would further scrub away the term "mental retardation"
  5. Civitan Again selling popular meat and cheese boxes for the holidays
  6. Prescribed Pediatrics Center earns 5-Star Rating
  7. University of Toledo to present discussion on research and romantic relationships for people the disabilities
  8. Grants available from NWO Apraxia Support
  9. Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First Initiative
  10. More upcoming events 

1.   Families urged to attend local forum will discuss intent of U.S. Department of Justice

Disability Rights Ohio sent a letter to Governor Kasich in July arguing that Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities experience widespread segregation. John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities then responded.   It's now our turn.  The Arc of Ohio is sponsoring forums throughout Ohio so you can discuss with representatives of The Arc and Disability Rights Ohio the direction of the U.S. Department of Justice and intent of Disability Rights Ohio.  The Toledo Area meeting will be October 22, 6:00 p.m., at the Maumee Branch Library, 501 River Road.

2.   Schedule has changed for the Family & Advocate Forums

Here's a reminder that there are no Family & Advocate Forums scheduled for October and December this year. Superintendent Deb Yenrick has put the Forums on a bi-monthly schedule. The next Forum will be November 11, 9:30 a.m., at the Board's Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane. Some the topics for discussion are:

  • The 2015 Action Plan,
  • Lott Kitchen at Hill,
  • Prestigious honor for Shared Lives Studio,
  • Status of the Employment First Initiative, and
  • A preview of the Annual Meeting in January.

Follow this link for the 2015 Forum schedule. All of the Forums are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Administration Building.

Also, Board of DD meetings are now held on the third TUESDAY of each month, 5:30 p.m., at the Administration Building. The next meeting will be October 21.

3.   Heartwarming story about Service and Support Specialist Vickie Schaffner's son and family

Follow this link to view the heartwarming story that appeared on Channel 11 about Vicki's son with cerebral palsy and his interaction with two football teams!

4.   Senate measure would further scrub away the term "mental retardation"

(from Pipeline) - Senate Bill 367, a measure to further scrub the words ‘mentally retarded’ from statute, was introduced last week by Senator Peggy Lehner and Senator Eric Kearney. The bill recommends changing all usages of the words ‘mentally retarded’ in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) to the words ‘intellectual disability,’ ‘developmental disability,’ or other similar language. Although the General Assembly enacted a similar measure in 2009 (SB79), which ultimately changed the name of the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the two words still appear in portions of law.

Senator Lehner noted, "Though we, as a culture, have long accepted that the terminology 'mental retardation' is outdated and insensitive, this is not yet fully reflected in Ohio law. The time has come for Ohio to recognize the rights of people with intellectual disabilities by striking stigmatizing language from our state law and joining many other states which have already done so." The new bill would provide an exception to the language change in a few instances where ORC must mirror federal law

5.    Civitan is again selling popular meat and cheese gift boxes for the holidays

Again this year, for holiday gift-giving, Maumee Valley Civitan will again sell its popular meat and cheese gift boxes. This year, the boxes come in two sizes. Civitan is now taking early orders. Follow this link to read the flyer and download the order form. Funds from the sales of the gift boxes not only help with the planning of integrated community-based events for persons with developmental disabilities but also with employment.

6.    Prescribed Pediatrics Center earns 5-Star Rating

In its latest newsletter, Reflections, the Anne Grady Center announces that the Prescribed Pediatric Center at EduCare is now a 5-Star rated child care facility under Ohio's Step Up to Quality Program. This is the highest attainable rating.

The 5-Star Program addresses a number of factors, including quality of care, learning and development of children, and planning purposeful activities.

7.   University of Toledo to present discussion on research and romantic relationships for people the disabilities

Dr. Allyson Day ,  will discuss her field research with women living with HIV in Ohio. Her talk will consider how the women used stories to make sense of their experiences, including with medical discrimination. The talk with also touch on the practice of narrative medicine and conceptions privacy in order to address medical injustice for those with stigmatized illness.  The talk will be at 7 p.m., October 27 in Libbey Hall on the University of Toledo Main Campus

Parking is available across Campus Road (off of Bancroft) in Lot 13 Libbey Hall is a short walk north and east of the parking lot

Dr. Day will also discuss her Spring 2015 class:  Disability and Sexuality. The course will explore how people with a range of disabilities experience sexuality. Topics will include barriers to their experience of sexuality and long-term romantic relationships, how they resist stereotypes of asexuality, and how medications may play a role in the experience of people with disabilities. 

8.    Grants available from NWO Apraxia Support

NWO Apraxia Support is pleased to announce the 2014 Fall Grant Cycle is now open! Parents and professionals who may benefit from the grants offered by NWO Apraxia Support can find out more information at this link.

9.    Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First Initiative

Families and providers are invited to attend workshops to discuss the Employment First Initiative. The next session is October  21.  Read the flyer at this link for complete details.  

10.    More upcoming events    

As the Toledo Fair Housing Center (TFHC) continues to partner with the City of Toledo in conducting the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, the Center is seeking input from the public. The three meetings will be:

  • Monday, October 20th 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at United Way Building Room B (424 Jackson St, Toledo, OH 43604)
  • Tuesday, October 21st 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Toledo Fair Housing Center Garden Level Conference Room (432 N Superior, Toledo, OH 43604) 

October 29, Josina Lott Residential and Community Services is hosting a Haunted Pathway and Costume Ball. The iDancers from APAC will be featured.  Read more at this link.

The Anne Grady Center Enchanted Evening will be Sunday, November 2, 4:30 p.m. at Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, in Maumee. All proceeds will be going toward a new four-bedroom waiver residential home for adults. Read the flyer at this link.  For reservations call 419-866-6500 ext. 274.

The next sensory friendly movie will be November 6 at the Maumee Indoor Theater. Pre-register with your name and number of attendees to: Candace Gildea at 419-887-6233 or Sponsored by: MassMutual SpecialCare Planning Team.

Sign up today for the 14th Annual Ohio Adult Sibling Conference to meet and partner with other adult siblings, self-advocates, and professionals for a uniquely informative experience. Learn useful information about future and estate planning, strengthen your ability and skills for advocacy, or simply connect with other siblings from around the state. There will be a wide variety of presentations by knowledgeable leaders in the field, many of whom are siblings. Sessions will be Friday, November 7, 2014; 1:30 - 8 pm Saturday, November 8, 2014; 7:30 am - 3 pm at the Columbus Marriott Airport Hotel 1375 N. Cassady Avenue Columbus, OH 43219. To make reservations call toll free 800-491-5717 or reserve online at www.columbusairportmarriott.com


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