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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.

September 26, 2014

  1. How do I find out about weather delays?
  2. Voters Forum will focus on the three countywide levy issues
  3. Board member to be honored for distinguished leadership
  4. Local forum will discuss intent of U.S. Department of Justice
  5. Civitan Again selling popular meat and cheese boxes for the holidays
  6. Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First Initiative
  7.  Feds look to boost disability employment
  8.  Down Syndrome Association Newsletter
  9.  Parents/Caregivers sought for advisory council
  10.  More upcoming events


1.   How do I find out about weather delays?

 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.

2Voters 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 locations. Read 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 leadership

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 Justice

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 this link.

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 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.

October 13 Triad Residential Services will host a benefit dinner and wine tasting at Rosie's Italian Grille. Read more 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.

October 25, Josina Lott Residential and Community Services is hosting a Haunted Pathway and Costume Ball. Read more at this link.

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.