Friday Update weekly newsletter
This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public
Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
September 26, 2014
- How do I find out about weather delays?
- Voters Forum will focus on the three countywide
- Board member to be honored for distinguished leadership
- Local forum will discuss intent of U.S. Department of Justice
- Civitan Again selling popular meat and cheese boxes
for the holidays
- Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First
- Feds look to boost disability employment
- Down Syndrome Association Newsletter
- Parents/Caregivers sought for advisory council
- More upcoming events
1. How do I find out about weather
Should inclement weather force a delay or closing, the Lucas County Board of
DD has several methods of notifying families and staff. Online, you can check
our website or Facebook page. The Board also will use an automated telephone
service. You may also call the Weather Hotline at 419-381-3800. And, if
you have a smart phone, you can receive alerts through the Board's new mobile app
available from the Apple App Store and from Google Play. When downloading the
app be sure to allow push notifications.
2. Voters Forum will focus on the three
countywide levy issues
How will passage of the three countywide levies in Lucas
County affect people with disabilities? That will be a question proposed to
representatives attending a Voters Forum sponsored by Maumee Valley Civitan, the
Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and the Lucas County Commission on
Disabilities. The Forum will be October 1 at the Sanger Branch Library on
Central Avenue just east of Secor Road. Representatives from the three
countrywide levy campaigns will be attending -- Lucas County Children Services,
Mental Health and Recovery Services, and Area Office on Aging. The forum will be
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A representative from the League of Women Voters
will also be present to discuss voter registration and accessibility at voting
the flyer at this link.
Meantime, with election day set for November 4 and Ohio's voter registration
deadline approaching on October 6, Disability Rights Ohio has issued its annual
FAQ for voters with disabilities. The document covers multiple questions that
could be faced on election day by DD professionals and the people they serve.
Topics in the FAQ include polling place accessibility for people with
disabilities, assistance in the voting booth for those who require it, methods
for casting a ballot, and more.
Follow this link
to read the FAQ.
3. Board member to be honored for distinguished
Linnie Willis, a member of the Lucas County Board of DD and the Executive
Director of the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority, will be honored for
distinguished leadership at the African-American Legacy Project's tenth
anniversary celebration October 3 and 4. For information on tickets you
can all 419-720-4359.
4. Local forum will discuss intent of U.S. Department of
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 your turn. The Arc of Ohio will sponsor
six (6) 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.
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. Workshops scheduled to discuss
Employment First Initiative
Families and providers are invited to attend workshops to discuss the
Employment First Initiative. The first session is October 8 with a repeat
discussion on October 21. Read the flyer
at this link
for complete details.
7. Feds look to boost disability employment
A new advisory committee is in the works that will be tasked with helping
government officials improve job prospects for people with developmental
disabilities across the country.
Read more at this link.
8. Down Syndrome Association Newsletter
Rich Harris, Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater
Toledo says the Association's fall newsletter is packed with "great information
about what is going on with the association, and some exciting new workshops,
programs, and events to look forward to throughout the rest of the year." Read
the newsletter at
9. Parents/Caregivers sought for advisory council
ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, the “voice of
patients and families”, is currently looking for parents/caregivers to join our
council. Please help us! The Family Advisory Council is a great partnership
between parents and hospital staff members, promoting Patient and Family
Centered Care and enhancing the delivery of health care. By incorporating the
thoughts, perspectives and opinions of families, the council plays an important
role in the hospital’s decision making process. Family advisors come from a
range of backgrounds, but have all had a child receive care at the hospital. The
council meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. If you
or someone you know may be interested in joining our council, please contact
Sherri Rogers at (419) 291-1563 or via email
10. More upcoming events
Are you a fan of fashion? Can't get enough of the latest trends? October 8,
the Auxiliary to The Ability Center celebrates its 30th Anniversary Style Show
at The Premiere on Heatherdowns. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the Style Show runs
until 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call: 419-885-5733 or 866-885-5733
Beginning October 9, Double ARC again is offering Triumph…Through the
Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to parents, foster and adoptive
parents, guardians, respite care supports, and relatives raising or interacting
with children with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
This proven curriculum examines characteristics of FASD, strategies for
addressing a child’s inappropriate behavior, coping skills for parents, and much
more. While focusing on FASD, the series may be helpful for parents whose
children have diffuse brain damage. For more information read the brochure
at this link.
October 13 Triad Residential Services will host a benefit dinner and wine
tasting at Rosie's Italian Grille.
Read more at this
The Fall Dinner-Dance will be Friday, October 17, from 6:30-10:00 at the
Premier Banquet Center. Enjoy a nice meal and dancing with your friends! This
event is for adults receiving Lucas County Board of DD services (high school
graduates and older) and their adult guests. For more information or to order
follow this link to read the flyer.
October 25, Josina Lott Residential and Community Services is hosting a
Haunted Pathway and Costume Ball.
Read more at this
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.