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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.

October 24, 2014

  1. Meetings scheduled to discuss the relocation of Navarre Avenue and Woodley Road services
  2. Families urged to tell their stories to state legislators
  3. Lunch & Learn
  4. Sibshops begin
  5. Civitan presents scholarship and special recognitions
  6. New Update Newsletter
  7. University of Toledo to present discussion on research and romantic relationships for people with disabilities
  8. Support group started in Maumee
  9. Schedule has changed for the Family & Advocate Forums
  10. For holiday gift giving, Civitan is again selling the popular meat and cheese gift boxes
  11. More upcoming events

1.    Meetings scheduled to discuss the relocation of Navarre Avenue and Woodley Road services

Information meetings with Superintendent Deb Yenrick have been scheduled to discuss the relocation of programs now provided at the Woodley Road and Navarre Avenue locations. The relocation plan also calls for non-seniors now being served at Larc Lane Center to be transferred to either the Hill Adult Services Center of the Holland Road Adult Services. Those meetings will be:

  • November 4 at Navarre
  • November 5 at Woodley
  • November 6 at Larc Lane

Each meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m.

The moves, to consolidate day services sites to Hill and Holland, is the result of a decrease in enrollment. The first move, to take place at the end of the year, will be transferring the operation on Navarre to Hill. The Woodley Road operation will relocate at Hill in March 2015. You may read Superintendent Yenrick's letter to families and providers at this link.

2.   Families urged to tell their stories to state legislators

About 100 people attended a meeting this past week in Maumee hosted by the Arc of Ohio and Disability Rights Ohio (DRO).  Arc Executive Director Gary Tonks said families concerned about current speculation of closing sheltered workshops and intermediate care facilities (ICFs) should contact their state legislators. "It is time," he said, "to reactivate the parent/family movement. We need to get involved."

In a letter this year to Governor Kasich, Disability Rights Ohio threatened legal action if "an agreed upon plan of action" was not reached to address "the thousands of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ohio who are needlessly segregated..." A statement in that letter seems to hint that DRO is looking at the DD service-delivery system with a cookie cutter approach; that everyone be treated with the same level of expectation: "Individuals with developmental disabilities are able to live in integrated home and community-based settings, and to work and engage in meaningful day activities in the community."

While the spokesman for DRO at the meeting insisted it is not their intention to call for the elimination of sheltered employment or ICFs, he stood behind the statement in the letter that "Ohio's system design favors institutional placement."

It is a complicated set of circumstances confronting Ohio's DD service delivery system. The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has published a new rule that determines what waiver services can and cannot be paid by waivers. The Ohio Department of DD is working on a draft 10-year plan to address those changes that must be submitted to CMS by March. Yet to weigh-in is the Department of Justice on the DRO contention that Ohio's system violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

3.    Lunch & Learn

 From parent partner Tammy Eisenreich news of two lunch and learn presentations on grant funding for individuals. She'll discuss:

  • What is eligible for grant funding;
  • What paperwork is needed; and
  • Who is having a giving cycle now.

These sessions will be November 5 at Larc Lane Center and November 6 at the Educare Center. Read the flyer for more information.

4.    Sibshops begin

The Lucas County Educational Service Center will once again be offering Sibshops for 9 to 16 year old brothers and sisters of children with ANY special needs. At Sibshops, they’ll have a chance to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability. Most important, they’ll have fun!!

Sibshops are run by a team of people who have a professional and, in some cases, a personal understanding of the impact a child’s special needs can have on brothers and sisters. Equally important, they have great kid skills!

 Here are the dates:

  • October 25, 2014
  • November 22, 2014
  • January 10, 2015
  • February 7, 2015
  • March 7, 2015
  • April 18, 2015
  • May 9, 2015

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm at the Alternative Learning Center, 3939 Wrenwood, Toledo, OH 43623. Cost: Sibshops are FREE. For more information and to register contact: Wendy Smenner, Lucas County Parent Mentor, 419-214-3066 or

5.    Civitan presents scholarship and special recognitions

Maumee Valley Civitan was pleased to present its Member of the Year honor to Jon Elston, the regional manager of TARPS, the Toledo Area Paratransit Service. A key element that makes club projects successful is the partnerships we have established with other groups and agencies in the community. And Jon has made TARPS an integral part of our events planning, ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities can attend sporting events and the annual voters’ forum at no cost. Jon serves on several Civitan committees and is instrumental in event planning. The honor was announced at the club’s annual awards banquet.

The first ever scholarship award from Maumee Valley Civitan was presented to Corey Hawkins. The young man is employed as an artist at the Lucas County Board of DD Shared Lives art studio. He has always dreamed of going to college, and this year was one of only five individuals to be accepted into the Transitional Program at the University of Toledo.

Special recognition awards were also presented to the following for their efforts in creating a more welcoming community for persons with developmental disabilities:

  • Tricia Cullop, head basketball coach at the University of Toledo;
  • The Maumee United Methodist Church;
  • Ron Volk, chair of the Toledo-Lucas County Committee on Disabilities; and
  • Toledo City Councilmember Sandy Spang. 

6.    New Update newsletter

The latest Update newsletter from the Lucas County Board of DD is now at the printer. But you can read it now online at this link.

7.   University of Toledo to present discussion on research and romantic relationships for people with 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.   Support group started in Maumee 

Parents of Students on IEP or 504 Plans in the Maumee School District have started a support group. Our next meeting is November 18 at 6:30 at the Maumee Library. If you have any questions or if you can't make the meeting, please contact Pam Armstrong at 419-250-1475.

9.   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 the Administration Building, 1154 Larc Lane.

10.   For holiday gift giving, Civitan is again selling the popular meat and cheese gift boxes

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.

11.    More upcoming events    

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 first Hero Hustle 5K will be November 1 at the Shops at Fallen Timbers. The run/walk will support the recognition of organ, eye and tissue donation in northwest Ohio. To register for the event, go to www.davesraces.com.

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 The movie will be The Lego Movie. 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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