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.    Dana awards $16,000 to Lucas County Special Olympics
  2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17
  3.    Good news about the TARPS restoration funding
  4.    Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
  5.    Think you might want to try golf?
  6.    iPad Training on October 12
  7.    You can get instant text messages from the Board on your smartphone
  8.    Registration now underway for STIR training
  9.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  10.    Worth Repeating

1.    Dana awards $16,000 to Lucas County Special Olympics

Big thank-yous to Dana. Lucas County Special Olympics was one of three organizations presented a check for $16,000 or more from Dana Incorporated.  On July 23-25th, Sylvania Country Club hosted the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Dana Incorporated Junior Open.  This event was sponsored by Dana and included a Junior-Am, similar to a Pro-Am format, which is a fundraising opportunity designed to help local programs. In the photo is golfer Michelle Olender.

2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17

The guest speaker for the annual Partners for Inclusion Awards and Scholarship Banquet will be local historian Tedd Long. On his well-known history blog, Tedd has updated his biography of Josina Lott. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Mrs. Lott and her impact on Toledo history as well as some other fascinating accounts from our past. The banquet will be September 17 at Premiere Banquet Hall. To reserve seats send your name, phone number, and email address to Partners for Inclusion, 1154 Larc Lane, Toledo, OH 43614. Enclose payment of $35 per person attending. For more information you may contact Lon Mitchell at 419-380-4048.

3.     Good news about the TARPS restoration funding

We can expect an extra four months of TARPS Sunday service. Instead of the service expiring at the end of the year, it will continue four months into 2020. TARTA was able to negotiate with the Federal Transit Authority an 80-20 match for the grant instead of the original 50-50 match. This means there is more money in the kitty raised by several disabilities agencies, including the Board of DD.

4.   Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala

You may now make reservations for the Speakeasy Gala, October 5, to raise money for a future levy campaign. While we are not ready to go for a levy now, it’s necessary to make sure the levy committee has the necessary financial resources when the time comes. The Gala, to be held at Premiere Banquet Hall, will be a night of fun, music, dancing, prizes and more fun. You will magically be transported to a speakeasy where we can party like its 1925.

To find out more about the Gala click on to the website, where you can also make your reservations.

5.   Think you might want to try golf?

The First Tee of Lake Erie, the City of Toledo, Detwiler Park Golf Course and the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, invites anyone eligible for Lucas County Board of Developmental Disability services, of any age, to participate in a FREE Golf Clinic!  Michael Prothe, of The First Tee, will be there to help you learn the basics of golf on the Detwiler putting green and you will get to play a couple of holes of golf!

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11am – 1pm.
Where: Detwiler Park Golf Course: 4001 N Summit St.

All equipment is provided!!   Limited to 10 participants!!!

Please RSVP to Mary Beth Olender  at 419-380-5141 or

6.  iPad Training on October 12

from Tammy Eisenreich, iTalk Autism Foundation

We are super excited to share that iTaalk, NWO Apraxia Support and Parker’s Purpose are once again partnering to have an opportunity for families that have children with special healthcare needs obtain not only an iPad and case but also a hands on day of education on the appropriate apps to utilize with their child as well.There will be breakout sessions on visual scheduling, communication, daily living skills, data collections, math, literacy and much more. If you know someone that has a child with special needs and could benefit from a device, please share this information with them.

Each of the partnering organizations has their own criteria in applying and their own individual grant application. All three require that you attend the full day training on Saturday, October 12th at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lima, Ohio.

If you have a child (0-22) with an ASD diagnosis look at

If your child  is under 23 years old and has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and any other invisible disabilities (including, but not limited to SPD, anxiety, epilepsy, non-specific learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette syndrome, and other speech and language disorders),

Any family who has a minor (18 and under) with a life altering illness or disability that is in an immediate financial crisis due to unforeseen medical expenses. 

All three of these organizations will assist in not only granting you an iPad but also making sure you are ready to introduce the device to your child in the most beneficial way for their educational needs. Recipients will be notified by October 1st so planning for attendance at the training on October 12th can be confirmed.

To register for the training click here or go to the Conferences tab at

Any questions about which organization to apply with or about the training please give me a call at 567-377-5710.

7.    You can get instant text messages from the Board on your smartphone

You can get text messages from the Board of DD directly to your smartphone. This way, you will receive instant information to keep you up to date. There is no charge for this service. Just text to 40404 this message: follow LucasDDAlert

8.   Registration now underway for STIR training

Registration is underway for the upcoming STIR (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) training. The training will be sponsored by the Lucas County Board of DD and SALUTE (Self-Advocates LUcasTolEdo). Click here for all details.

9.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

August 19 – Guys & Girls Night Out

August 24 – Courageous Community Services Poker Run

August 28 – Rec Jam

September 10 – Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci

September 15 – iDance Summer Vibes Music Fest

September 17 – Partners for Inclusion Annual Banquet

September 17 – Friend Blend

September 26 – FANS Goodwill Donation Drive

October 9 – Medicaid Managed Care Plan Expo

10.   Worth Repeating 

“As a general rule…people ask for advice only in order not to follow it; or if they do follow it, in order to have someone to blame for giving it.” ― Alexandre Dumas

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