Friday Update weekly newsletter
This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
December 6, 2013
- Public hearing scheduled on 2014 draft Action Plan
- Inclement Weather/Calamity Guidelines
- Ohio DD Awareness
- Sensitive Santa at Franklin Park Mall
- IEP Coaching Sessions
- Be safe for the holidays
- Civitan gift boxes are now on sale
- Preventing the flu
- More upcoming events
1. Public hearing scheduled on 2014 draft Action Plan
A public hearing will be held on December 10, 9:30 a.m., at the Board Administration Building on the Board of DD draft Action Plan for 2014. The plan outlines goals and priorities for the coming year. You can read the plan at this link.
2. Inclement Weather/Calamity Guidelines
Should inclement weather make it necessary to delay or cancel Board of DD transportation services or close facilities, the Superintendent, whenever possible, will make the decision no later than 5:00 A.M.
The media will be notified as early as possible of transportation delays or that buses/vans will not be running. Telephone messages will be sent to riders.
A message will be recorded on the Board Weather Hotline-419-380-3800. Updates will be posted on the Board's website and Facebook pages.
3. Ohio DD Awareness
The statewide theme for DD Awareness in 2014 is Ability at Work. Awareness efforts using the new theme, promoted by Ohio Public Images, usually begin in March, which is DD Awareness Month.
Ohio Public Images (OPI), a not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1983 to promote positive perceptions and awareness of people with developmental disabilities. In 2013 the theme has been “Look Beyond,” and was used widely throughout the state, often customized by local county boards of DD and other service providers, to unify and brand their local efforts. OPI prepares posters and other materials to standardize artwork and yet allow for customization. The basic artwork is available free, online at www.publicimagesnetwork.org.
The deadline to enter the Media and Awareness Awards sponsored by Ohio Public Images. This competition recognizes outstanding efforts by the media and the DD community to promote positive awareness of people with developmental disabilities. Nominations must have been printed, broadcast or displayed between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013. More information is at http://www.publicimagesnetwork.org/ - click on ‘Ohio Awards.’
4. Sensitive Santa at Franklin Park Mall
This is a special time to visit Santa at Franklin Park Mall. It's an opportunity for children with autism and other special needs to visit with Santa in a more soothing and sensory-friendly environment. Visit Jolly Old Saint Nick with dimmed lighting, no overhead mall radio, and lower shopper traffic. Children may visit sensory stations including foam crafts, rice-digs, mini cupcake decorating courtesy of Cake in a Cup and a plush toy area provided by The Disney Store while they are waiting.
Sensitive Santa will be December 8 from 9:00 to 11:00. To reduce the challenges associated with waiting in a long line, families will register upon arrival and visit Santa as called upon. If the child is not yet ready to visit Santa when it’s his or her turn, they will move to the next place in the order until they are ready.
Enter through the doors next to Charming Charlie.
5. IEP Coaching Sessions
Do you have questions about your child’s IEP? Do you need help understanding your child’s IEP? Would you like some help in brainstorming ways to work with your child’s IEP team? The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is now offering an opportunity to sit down with a team of professionals and explore these questions and more. If you would like to register for a session please follow this link for more information.
6. Be safe for the holidays
Many residential service providers and families caring for individuals with developmental disabilities have shared with DODD over the years that the holiday season offers one of the best opportunities to involve those individuals in special activities such as decorating, baking, singing carols, and attending unique faith-based programs. To assure that all of these opportunities are safe and happy ones, the DODD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Registry Unit provides these reminders for an extra measure of care and safety during the holidays.
- Never use lighted candles near an inside evergreen tree (‘live’ or not!), or near wrapping paper, or where candles can be blown or knocked over.
- Before lighting a fireplace, check to see if the flue is open, and keep a screen in front of it while the fire is burning.
- Never burn wrapping paper - it ignites quickly and burns intensely.
- Use only lights that have been tested for safety. Check old lights and cords for cracks, frays or bare wires – if you find any, discard! Do not overload extension cords. Turn off lights when you leave the house and before going to bed.
- Never use electric lights on a metallic tree, and keep “bubbling” lights away from children -- they are a temptation.
- Practice an escape plan in case of an emergency. Even if you may have done so before the holidays, decorations and trees may change the path to doors and windows.
DODD Assistant Deputy Director Scott Phillips notes, “During the holiday season, our enthusiasm sometimes causes us to forget to keep ourselves -- and those in our care -- safe. Take the time to share important safety information with everyone in your home, and be mindful of potential hazards.”
Additional information is at http://dodd.ohio.gov/healthandsafety/Pages/Information-Notices.aspx
7. Civitan gift boxes are now on sale
Again this year, Maumee Valley Civitan is selling meat and cheese gift boxes, a great holiday gift idea. See the brochure at this link for a picture and description of the boxes. Assembly of the boxes and some items inside help provide employment for persons with developmental disabilities.
8. Preventing the flu
The Ohio Department of DD has issued a Health & Safety Alert on preventing the flu. Read it at this link.
8. More upcoming events
Holidays in the Manor House, a Toledo tradition for 38 years, returns to Wildwood Preserve Metropark Saturday, December 7, through Sunday, December 15. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Shared Lives Studio has decorated the porch on the landing going up to the second floor--other volunteers have also decorated areas for viewing.
December 11 is the Arc of Ohio winter conference. Take this link to register and get more information.
There will be a Quarter Auction for Lucas County Special Olympics on Thursday, December 12 at the Maumee Eagles Banquet Hall, 2301 Detroit Ave., Maumee. Doors open at 6:00 PM with the auction starting at 7:00 PM. See flyer for more information.
The Lucas Co Board of Developmental Disabilities/Adult Options Dept once again is partnering with Pilgrim Church to present a FREE Holiday Concert! This concert is on 12/23/13 and is open to the public! It will be hosted by Pilgrim Church, 1375 Sylvania Ave at 10:15am. Come for a musical program presenting international musicians, Katie Calcamuggio, Jesse Donner, and Brian Locke, the Toledo International Youth Orchestra and the Sylvania Community Quartet. Can goods donations will be collected for the Church's food pantry on this date.
January 3 enjoy a New Year's dinner and dancing at the Grand Plaza Hotel. Follow this link for more information and for your RSVP form.
DODD Family Advisory Council will meet next on January 14, 2014. Included on the agenda will be an open discussion with service providers and provider association representatives, as well as an overview of the DODD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Unit. Council meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community. The Council especially appreciates the attendance of individuals and family members served by the statewide system. For more information contact Peggy Martin, .
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