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This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

April 18, 2014  

  1. Lott Industries holds ribbon-cutting from the new hydrostripping machine
  2. Food pantry opens to serve families served by the Board of DD
  3. Workshop to focus on ensuring choice in community living
  4. Sensory Friendly Movie scheduled for May 1
  5. Registration underway for Trauma Informed Care Training workshop
  6. Family Advisory Council Offers Fresh Perspectives
  7. Judge Orders Man To Hold 'I Am A Bully' Sign
  8. Summer activities for children
  9. More upcoming events 

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1.       Lott Industries holds ribbon-cutting from the new hydrostripping machine

 The new hydrostripping machine will generate big savings for the City of Toledo. The city will have Lott Industries use this new machine to recycle street signs. Read the article in the Toledo Free Press at this link. And you can watch the highlights from the ceremony in a short video at this link.

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2.     Food pantry opens to serve families served by the Board of DD

Aspiring Hands, Inc. is opening a food pantry for families served by the Lucas County Board of DD. The food pantry will be open on Wednesdays at the Boulevard Church of Christ in Sylvania. Read the flyer at this link.

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3.    Workshop to focus on ensuring choice in community living

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo will hold a workshop on May 8 on housing: Fair Housing and Olmstead. The workshop will run from 8:00 to 12:00 at the Premier Banquet Hall on Heatherdowns. Read the flyer at this link.

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4.    Sensory Friendly Movie scheduled for May 1

Lights turned up and volume not so loud. Those are just a couple of the differences in a Sensory Friendly Movie. Mass Mutual wants to provide a safe, judgment free environment that families can come and watch a movie with their child that might not be able to attend a typical showing of Despicable Me 2.

Read the flyer at this link. They'll provide a popcorn, drink and movie ticket to each family member. Please register with your name and number of tickets needed. Doors will open at 5:45 pm and movie will start at 6:15pm. Register with Candace L. Gildea at 419-887-6233 or

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5.    Registration underway for Trauma Informed Care Training workshop

New approaches are discussed for understanding and supporting people with complex neurobehavioral conditions and histories or trauma and toxic stress. Follow this link to learn more about this training and for registration information. The training, sponsored by the Lucas County Board of DD, will be June 9-10 at the Radisson at the University of Toledo, 3100 Glendale.

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6.    Family Advisory Council Offers Fresh Perspectives

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The Family Advisory Council (FAC) meeting at the Columbus Developmental Center explored several topics of interest, and offered fresh perspectives on such subjects as the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule; Ohio's Developmental Center downsizing initiative; a review of the new Service and Support Administration (SSA) Rule; and, learned more about Disability Rights Ohio services from presenters Allison McKay and Liz Paprocki.

Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin and Deputy Director Patrick Stephan reviewed the new HCBS rule (5123:2-9-01) as had been requested by FAC members, many of whom were ready with questions, including inquiries about how CMS specifically defines "community inclusion." The answer to that was, "An individual receiving federally-funded waiver services must experience life in the community just as anyone else would expect to - however, we know that each state will be struggling to identify what that is in each community, and for each person. Patrick Stephan noted, "We are well-aware of the importance of community inclusion and providing services in the least restrictive environment - and states will be held accountable to keep that priority in mind for every individual receiving HCBS dollars.

"Through our Strategic Planning Leadership Group and other similar collaborative efforts, we have started down the path to position ourselves for change - to assure compliance with the key elements described in the new HCBS rule."

Director Martin also noted that DODD will be using data gleaned from several years of participation in the National Core Indicators initiative to support HBCS rule compliance efforts. National Core Indicators are a set of performance measures that emphasize the outcomes that people with disabilities within the system wish to attain, as well as the performance of a state to deliver those outcomes. He observed, "We have asked questions and received answers from participants through NCI surveys that can help us to demonstrate whether or not Ohio is in compliance with HCBS rules. This NCI data will be very helpful, and has become an integral part of our planning and management work." 

Peggy Martin reminded the group that Family Chat is an online resource for families who are served by Ohio's developmental disabilities system, and is another good forum for discussions such as those that occur during Family Advisory Council meetings. The online discussion group is considering a move to a Facebook format in the future, facilitating additional interaction.

Family Advisory Council meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Ohio's developmental disabilities community. DODD especially appreciates the attendance of individuals and family members served by the statewide system. Contact Peggy Martin, .

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7.    Judge Orders Man To Hold 'I Am A Bully' Sign

An Ohio man accused of harassing his neighbor and her children with developmental disabilities stood at a busy street corner last weekend with a sign proclaiming "I am a bully." Read the story at this link.

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8.     Summer activities for children

Follow this link to read and download a catalog of summer activities for all children.

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9.    More upcoming events    

The Shared Lives Studio will be part of the Gallery Loop, Saturday, April 19, through the downtown Toledo art community.  Hours are 3:00 to 8:00. For more information about events, free bus rides, and locations on the Loop visit the Arts Commission website.

Support the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio by eating dinner at Paddy Jack’s Bar and Grill in Sylvania Township, 6725 W. Central Ave, Wednesday, April 23, between 7 and 11 pm The restaurant has agreed to donate 10% of profits during those hours to the Autism Society. This is a pre-event to support the Autism Society in conjunction with and leading up to the Rock for Autism benefit concert on May 2 at the Delta Auditorium.

Tonda Koszycki at Josina Lott Residential is seeking volunteers to help with the Glass City Marathon packet stuffing on April 25th  at UT’s Savage Hall.  Volunteers will be provided t-shirts and pizza. "We are excited about this opportunity for individuals living in the community to participate in The Glass City Marathon!" she said. Read more at this link.

The Shared Lives Studio exhibition will be on view during regular hours now through Saturday, April 26, in the Gallery on the second level of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Visitors can enjoy drawings, paintings, 3-D artwork, hand-painted fabric, and other mixed-media works. Shared Lives Studio & Gallery, located in downtown Toledo at 20 North Saint Clair St., is division of Lott Industries and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

There will be a bowling fundraiser for Lucas County Special Olympics on Saturday, April 26,  from noon to 4:00 at Timbers Bowling Lanes. Basket and 50/50 raffles, entertainment, and food will be provided. Registration deadline for the event is April 11th, so get your teams in fast! See the flyer for more details.

An all-you-can-eat fundraiser for Special Olympics will be held at the Sylvania Masonic Complex on Saturday, April 26. Read the flyer at this link for more information.

The Special Olympics Area IV spring meet will be May 3 at Clay High School.

Governor's Council on People with Disabilities, Meeting May 7, 8 The Governor's Council on People with Disabilities will meet May 7, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., and May 8, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) office, 400 E. Campus View Blvd., in Columbus. Parking is free and available in front of the building. If you need special accommodations, contact Donna Foster at or at (614) 438-1394.

On Thursday, May 8, Lourdes University’s chapter of Active Minds, the voice of mental health awareness for young adults nationwide, is hosting a Night without Stigma. Co-sponsored by Lourdes Social Science Club, the free event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, and features national speaker Janelle Montaño.

Save the date for Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point. It will be Thursday, May 22. The deadline to request free tickets is April 25. To request tickets follow this link.The Ohio Governor's Council for People With Disabilities, in partnership with The Arc of Ohio, is inviting future community leaders to attend the annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) For Students with Disabilities at the State Capitol in Columbus, Ohio, August 3-7, 2014. The application, which includes details about requirements and deadlines, can be can be viewed and printed here.

Join the Epilepsy Center for its annual miniature golf tournament on May 30, 2014 at the Clock Tower at Levis Commons. For sponsorship information and more event details see the flier at this link.

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