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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 31, 2014

  1. Meetings scheduled to discuss the relocation of Navarre Avenue and Woodley Road services
  2. Local Special Olympics athlete has a dream come true
  3. Lunch & Learn
  4. Board endorses levies for Children Services and Seniors
  5. Intro to DD location change
  6. Download our new mobile app
  7. State launches new website focused on placing job seekers with disabilities
  8. Walleye raising funds for Special Olympics
  9. Teen with autism found locked in a cage
  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 or 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 or Holland in March 2015. You may read Superintendent Yenrick’s letter to families and providers at this link.

2. Local Special Olympics athlete has a dream come true

Dan McGurk’s dream came true this week when Kid Rock accepted his invitation to his 30th birthday dinner. Dan is a huge fan of Kid Rock, and created several YouTube videos over the last few weeks inviting Kid Rock to his birthday dinner. Much to his surprise, Dan was joined by Kid Rock October 27 at his birthday celebration. Follow this link to see some video and enjoy the moment with Dan.

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. Board endorses levies for Children Services and Seniors

At its October meeting, the Lucas County Board of DD endorsed the levy campaigns for the Lucas County Children Services Board and the Area Office on Aging, Issues 7 and 9 respectively. The Board had previously endorsed Issue 8 for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.

5.     Intro to DD location change

Due to voting day, the location of “Intro to DD/Rights” on 11/4 is being changed to the Larc Lanc Center Family First Zone, 1155 Larc Lane. Time is 12:30 – 2:30. If you plan to attend, please give yourself some extra time to find parking, the room, and a seat as this session fills up quickly.

6.  Download our new mobile app

Smartphone users will want to download our new mobile app. On the app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more.  Find app at the Apple App Store and at Google Play. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow us to send you the latest information about transportation delays or closings.

7.   State launches new website focused on placing job seekers with disabilities

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in partnership with OhioMeansJobs, the state’s electronic job placement system, has launched a new website designed to help people with physical and developmental disabilities find work.

OhioMeansAccessibility.com functions as a job board for those looking for work and a resource for employers with job openings. It also acts as a tool for service providers who need to pair people served with employment opportunities.

8.   Walleye raising funds for Special Olympics

The Walleye are planning a fundraiser for Special Olympics on November 21, but tickets must be purchased by November 7.Read more at this link.

9. Teen with autism found locked in a cage

Two adults were arrested Monday in connection to a case involving a 19-year-old man with autism who was found trapped in a bed cage that was chained shut in a Paris Township home last week. Read more at this link.

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

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 Threater. 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 atwww.columbusairportmarriott.com

Parents of Students on IEP or 504 Plans in the Maumee School District have started a support group. The 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.
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