The Friday Update is distributed 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 to FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.
- Ohio DD Director John Martin discusses technology first initiative
- Disability Community discusses negative effects of TARTA cuts
- Dates and speakers set for Special Needs Planning Series
- Sunshine to hold job fair on January 4
- Calamity Day Procedures
- Wrightslaw is coming to Maumee in March
- Job Postings
- Time again for Unified Basketball
- Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken re-elected to CCAO Board
- Board of DD 2019 Calendar available for download
- Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
- Happy Holidays from the Board of DD
1. Ohio DD Director John Martin discusses technology first initiative
John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, was in Lucas County recently to discuss the governor’s Technology First Initiative. “We want to be sure that when an individual’s annual plan is developed there is discussion on whether the use of technology can make the person’s life better,” he said.
Examples could include smart speakers to control lights and other home items, call buttons that can alert remote caregivers, or receive reminders or prompts, as well as customized sensors to detect medical emergencies such as seizures or check in on someone who isn’t moving around the house in their usual routine.
2. Disability Community discusses negative effects of TARTA cuts
Activists from the Lucas County disabilities community held a news conference this past week to raise awareness of how proposed cutbacks in service by TARTA will have a negative impact. Pictures is one of the speakers, Jo Rita Fox, co-chair of People First of Toledo.
In summary, the speakers asked TARTA to hold off on any cutbacks until after the County Commissioners task force makes it report. In the meantime, we’re asked to contact state legislators to ask for more money for public transit.
3. Dates and speakers set for Special Needs Planning Series
The calendar for the 2019 Special Needs Planning Series has been published. Click here. These workshops will help you feel more secure about your child’s future. At each session speakers will present about a special needs planning topic. You’ll also learn about community resources. And there will be plenty of time for questions.
4. Sunshine to hold job fair on January 4
Sunshine Communities will hold a special job fair to build a team of round-the-clock Direct Support Professionals and other staff to support the men and women who will live at Sunshine’s new Family Care Home in Walbridge. Construction is nearly complete. Candidates are encouraged to drop by a special job fair at the home, 403 Allen Street in Walbridge, from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, January 4. Sunshine is hiring staff for all shifts, including weekends. Driver’s license required. No appointment necessary. For more information on benefits and other job openings, visit www.sunshine.org/careers.
5. Calamity Day Procedures
Should it be necessary to close Board facilities due to inclement weather the announcement will be posted in several areas.
- Check the Board’s Facebook Page or website.
- The Board will also send information via its mobile app. You can subscribe to the app through Google Play or the Apple App Store.
- Call the Board’s Weather Hotline at 419-380-4040
- The Board will also send closing information to the news media.
6. Wrightslaw is coming to Maumee in March
Autism Provider Network of NWO, a program facilitated by Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism, will be hosting a six hour training on special education law and advocacy will be presented by Pete Wright of Wrightslaw. For more information click here.
7. Job Postings
If you are a provider seeking employees, we would like to help. Send an email with the details. We’ll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email. The following providers are currently seeking employees.
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo is seeking a Program and Volunteer Coordinator.
Down Syndrome Assoc.
It’s again time for Unified Basketball at the University of Toledo Recreation Center. Games start on February 3. Click here for more information and registration.
9. Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken re-elected to CCAO Board
Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken was re-elected Monday to the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) Board of Directors at the association’s annual winter conference in Columbus.
He will serve a second two-year term on the Board of Directors. In addition, Commissioner Gerken is the co-chair of the Water Quality Task Force.
The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of government.
10. Board of DD 2019 Calendar available for download
The 2019 Board of DD Calendar is available at any Board facility. But you may also download it. Click here.
11. Upcoming activities for the Developmental Disabilities community
January 9, 10 – Presentation on grants and other funding sources
January 22 – Friend Blend
February 2 – Prom for people with disabilities (18 and older)
February 8 – Dinner Dance
February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest
March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair
The Friday Update will not be published during holiday closing.
We will return on Friday, January 4, 2019. Happy New Year!