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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 25, 2014  

  1. ADA Day at the Zoo is Monday
  2. Marcy Kaptur will meet with local People First chapter
  3. Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility 
  4. Lace It Face It Walk will be September 6
  5. Download the Board's new mobile app
  6. 9408 Ohioans now enrolled in Medicaid Buy-In Program
  7. Updated Resource Guide now available
  8. More upcoming events 


1.     ADA Day at the Zoo is Monday

The14th Annual ADA Awareness Day at the Toledo Zoo, celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is an opportunity to enjoy a day at the Zoo while perusing the booths of nearly 100 disability-related service and support providers.

The event is next Monday, July 28 from 10 to 3pm. Come be a part of Ohio's largest Disability Information Fair and enjoy all the Toledo Zoo has to offer at the same time. Read more at this link.


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.        Obama Signs Law Limiting Sheltered Workshop Eligibility

The transition from school to work for students with disabilities will undergo sweeping changes under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday. The measure known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act significantly limits placements at sheltered workshops and other work environments where people with disabilities earn less than minimum wage. Read more at this link.


4.      Lace It Face It Walk will be September 6

Join the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio's second annual LACE IT FACE IT WALK sponsored by JBC & Associates on Saturday, September 6 at Olander Park in Sylvania. LACE IT is for the walk; FACE IT is for Autism Awareness. The donations raised stay in northwest Ohio to help provide services to all affected by autism.

The walk will take place on Olander park's 1.1 mile loop and will start at 9 am from our location at the Open Air Shelter #2. Walkers may walk the loop as many times as they like. Entrance to the park that morning will be free. Parking will be available near the shelter or in the Tam-O-Shanter lot next door.

Download the Registration Form at this link.


5.    Download the Board's new mobile app

Smartphone users will want to download the Board's new mobile app. The mobile app will have up-to-date information, such as when there are delays because of weather conditions, Board videos, and contact information.  Log onto this link and follow the instructions to download this free app.


6.    9,408 Ohioans now enrolled in Medicaid Buy-In Program 

excerpts from Pipeline

There are now 9,408 Ohioans enrolled in the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities (MBIWD) program. This Medicaid-funded program allows individuals with disabilities who are employed to qualify for Medicaid benefits with higher income and resource limits, and to buy into Medicaid by paying a premium based on income. 

Historically, people with disabilities often were discouraged from working because their earnings made them ineligible for Medicaid coverage. MBIWD was created to enable Ohioans with disabilities to work and still keep their health care coverage.

To qualify for MBIWD, a person must:

  • Be 16 to 64 years of age
  • Be disabled as per the Social Security Administration or as determined by Ohio Medicaid or eligible under the MBIWD medically-improved category
  • Be employed in paid work (includes part-time and full-time work)
  • Pay a premium (if applicable)
  • Meet certain basic requirements and financial criteria

Individuals already receiving Medicaid services who are interested in MBIWD should contact their local caseworker, or the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 800-324-8680. A face-to-face interview is not required for this program. Individuals who are new to Medicaid can apply online at MBIWD, How to Apply.


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    

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 at his link.

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.

August 29 Josina Lott Residential and Community Services will be hosting a Country Beach Party. See more information at this link. Make your reservation by August 27.

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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