The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website and on the mobile app

  1.    Working remotely moves into its third week
  2.    Director thanks field for ongoing dedication
  3.    April is Autism Awareness Month
  4.    Health and Wellness Alert – protecting against infections
  5.    Donations are being collected
  6.    SALUTE reaching out
  7.    Job postings
  8.    Instant messages from the Board of DD – how to do get them
  9.    Worth Repeating

1.     Working remotely moves into its third week

In adherence to the Stay-at-Home directive from Ohio Health Director Amy Acton, the staff of the Lucas County Board of DD continues working from home. But, you may still get in contact with Board staff by telephone or by email.  

2.    Director Thanks Field for Ongoing Dedication

Department of Developmental Disabilities Director Jeff Davis is offering his gratitude for everyone’s dedication to teamwork.

“Relationships matter,” Davis says. “Relationships between provider management and direct support, relationships between our counties and our providers, relationships between the state and our county partners: I’m seeing them play out … in ways that I could only hope for.

“We’re going to put emphasis on strengthening those relationships and keeping them solid in the midst of all this challenge.”

3.   April is Autism Awareness Month

The theme this year of Autism Awareness Month is”Know More. Do More.”   This is the time to work at creating more awareness about autism. OCALI, the Ohio Center for Low Incidence has an in depth selection of materials about autism that can be used in educating the public about autism. Click here.

4.     Health and Wellness Alert – protecting against infections

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has released a new Health and Wellness Alert with some valuable tips on how we can protect ourselves from infections. Read the alert by clicking here.

5.    Donations are being collected


6.   SALUTE reaching out

New friends are being made. Members of the SALUTE self-advocacy group, such as Cassandra, are reaching out to other individuals who find themselves home bound by the coronavirus outbreak. A friendly call can really bring some brightness to a long day. If you know someone who would appreciate a call from a SALUTE member contact the group’s coordinator Mary Beth Olender 

7.  Job postings

Many providers in Lucas County are adding staff. We have up-to-date information on who is hiring on the welcome page of the Board of DD website.

8.  Instant messages from the Board of DD – how to do get them

The Lucas County Board of DD has two ways for you to receive instant messages on your smart phone.

To receive free text messages text to 40404 this message: Follow LucasDDAlert. Make sure you have enabled SMS messaging in your phone settings.

You may also receive free text messages from our mobile app. Download here. If asked to enable push messaging, respond yes.

9.  Worth Repeating

“All the evidence shows us that social distancing is making a difference.”  -Dr. Amy Acton

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