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.    Reservations can now be made for the Speakeasy Gala
  2.    Partners for Inclusion annual banquet will be September 17
  3.    Teresa Miller recognized as Staff Person of the Month
  4.    The Man, the Myth, the Cat in the Hat
  5.    You can now text 2-1-1
  6.    Dallas ice cream shop offers 34 flavors served only by people with special needs
  7.    Why working benefits you
  8.    Registration now underway for STIR training
  9.    OOD is seeking public comment
  10.    Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  11.    Worth Repeating

1.   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. 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.


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.    Teresa Miller recognized as Staff Person of the Month

Early Intervention Specialist Teresa Miller was honored at the August Board meeting as the Staff Person of the Month. Teresa was recognized for her work with playgroups at the East Toledo Family Center and for work as a professional partner with student interns. Please read the complete citation from the Board meeting.


4.   The Man, the Myth, the Cat in the Hat

The staff at EverDry have had some really good success with the hiring of a person through the Board of DD. Read their endorsement.


5.   You can now text 2-1-1

United Way now has the capability for texting within our 2-1-1 system.  To begin the process, an individual seeking assistance can text their zip code to 898-211 which will initiate the process. For more information click here.


6.  Dallas ice cream shop offers 34 flavors served only by people with special needs

A story that appeared this week on ABC World News Tonight will warm your heart. Watch the story by clicking here.


7.  Why working benefits you

Confused about keeping your SSI/SSDI while working? Keeping your Health benefits? Reporting your income? You are not alone!  Meet for dinner and information on Monday evenings during October. Click here for details.


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.  OOD is seeking public comment

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is seeking public comment on the following Vocational Rehabilitation draft policy:  80-VR-10      “Vocational Rehabilitation Fee Schedules

Your feedback will be accepted between Thursday, August 29, 2019 through Sunday, September 8, 2019. Feedback should be emailed to the OOD Policy Public Comment mailbox

This mailbox is specifically for feedback on OOD policies only.  Case service questions or comments should not be submitted to this mailbox.


10.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

September 10 – Family and Advocate Forum with Superintendent Lori Mariucci

September 11 – Provider Fair at NODC

September 15 – iDance Summer Vibes Music Fest

September 16 – Free Sensory Room

September 17 – Partners for Inclusion Annual Banquet

September 17 – Friend Blend

September 19 – Guys and Gals Group

September 23 – Monthly Board of DD Meeting

September 26 – FANS Goodwill Donation Drive

September 30 – Free Sensory Room

October 5 – Speakeasy Gala

October 9 – Medicaid Managed Care Plan Expo

October 18 – Halloween Dinner Bash


11.   Worth Repeating 

Always remember that you are absolutely unique.” -Yoda


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