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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.

August 29, 2014  

  1. Next  Family & Advocate Forum with Deb Yenrick is September 9
  2. Download the Board's new mobile app
  3. Voters Forum planned for October 2. Circle the date!
  4. Double ARC again offering Children Friendship Series
  5. Parents are being recruited for classes at BGSU
  6. Civitan again selling popular meat and cheese gift boxes
  7. Charles Walker remembered for his advocacy
  8. Board alters meeting dates
  9. More upcoming events

1.  Next Family & Advocacy Forum with Deb Yenrick will be September 9

Superintendent Deb Yenrick wants to thank those who submitted SWOT forms to her identifying thoughts on the Board’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. She will be reviewing some of the items gleaned from that input and how it will impact the Board’s Action Plan for 2015 at the next Family and Advocate Forum on September 9. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Board administration building, 1154 Larc Lane. These open forums are informal sessions designed to share information with the Superintendent among providers, families, and advocates. 


2.      Download the Board's new mobile app

Smartphone users will want to download the Board of DD new mobile app. Not only does the app has all the contact information for the Board, current videos, and other information, but once you download the app you will be able to receive timely messages from the Board, such as when there might be a transportation delay or a closing.  The app is available in the App Store and from Google Play. When you download the app, be sure to say “yes” when asked if the app may send push notifications.


3.      Voters Forum planned for October 1. Circle the date!

Maumee Valley Civitan, the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and the Lucas County Commission on Disabilities are sponsoring a voters forum on October 1 to discuss the impact issues on the November ballot will have on individuals with disabilities. The forum will be at the Sanger Branch Library 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 locations. More information will be available shortly.


4.      Double ARC again offering Children Friendship Series

The Children’s Friendship Training series sponsored by Double ARC was developed to assist children with Autism, FASD and other disabilities in achieving more success in peer relationships.  Both children and parents who participated in this series last fall found it very helpful.  Children said they learned how to handle teasing and enjoyed the real play and they were able to apply the new skills outside of the sessions.

The class is for children ages 9-11 (or 12) and is limited.  Therefore, registration with payment is on a first come basis.  Classes are on Mondays beginning September 15.  Follow this link for the registration form. Both parent and child are expected to attend each class.    


5.      Parents are being recruited for classes at BGSU

Are you a parent of a child with special healthcare needs? Have you ever wondered how teachers, therapists and other professionals that assist us on our journey get an insider's prospective into the family life of a child with special healthcare needs?

At Bowling Green State University they are hoping that by educating future teachers along with parents they will help all parties gain another prospective, gather resources and strengthen their communication skills. Parents are needed for both classes on Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the campus in Bowling Green. Please share with anyone you think that might be interested in participating. For further information please read the brochure at this link and contact Cicely Watkins and Kate Schwartz, Parent Coordinators, 419-340-3241 or 419-490-0111.


6.      Civitan again selling popular meat and cheese gift boxes

Again this year, 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.


7.       Charles Walker remembered for his advocacy

Charles Walker, 92, died this past week. He and his wife were long-time advocates for this program, starting back with the Lott Day School. The obituary can be read at this link.


8.     Board alters meeting dates

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has changed its meeting schedule. The Board will now be meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting date is Tuesday, September 16, at 5:30 p.m. Last week we reported an incorrect start time. The correct start time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.


9.       More upcoming events    

September 6 is the date for the annual Down Syndrome Association Buddy Walk. This year, the event will run from 1:00 to 5:00 at Woodlands Park in Perrysburg. Follow this link for more information.

September 6 is the date for the annual Walk, Run & Roll to benefit Sunshine. Follow this link for the brochure and registration information.

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. Download the Registration Form at this link.

Anne Grady Services will be hosting the Basic Paths Class starting September 4. All classes will be held at: Anne Grady Center, 1525 Eber Rd., Holland. For further information you may contact Shyam Suchak by email at or call 419-867-7501 ex. 3002 or 419-380-8985 ex. 408 to proceed with registration. You may also contact Candace Bishop, 419-699-7601, the Northwest Ohio Regional Coordinator for the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.

Heroes Freedom Festival is a charity to spread awareness about human trafficking. Take this link for details on event September 13. Also, if you would like to have a booth to market your organization or have a carnival booth, call Mike at 419-577-0116.

Lawn Games 2014 will be September 13 at Josina Lott Residential. See the flyer at this link.

The Ability Center and its Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence program host the 9th Annual Dealing for Dogs on Saturday night, September 13, 7pm, at the Seagate Center. It is a night of music and gambling and raffles and food and more raffles and a silent auction and more gambling, all for a great cause: helping to fund phenomenal partnerships between well-trained dogs and the people who need them. For more information, visit dealinfordogs.com, or call: 419-885-5733 or 866-885-5733 toll-free

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 27 at Camp Perry. Read more at this link.

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 toll-free.

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.

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 tickets please follow this link to read the flyer..


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