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 or on the mobile app.

  1. CommUNITY FilmFest is February 24
  2. Special Olympics athletes compete with University of Toledo athletes in basketball playoff
  3.  Michele Myerholtz presents Pathways to Justice to Ohio sheriffs
  4.  Sensory Room February schedule is released
  5.  Tips to prevent choking
  6.  Board of DD meeting start time changed for February 25
  7.  Developmental checklists are on the Board of DD website
  8.  Courageous Community Services announces programs for 2019
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Autism Society offices have moved
  11.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  12.  Worth Repeating

1. CommUNITY FilmFest is February 24

The fifth annual CommUNITY FilmFest will be February 24th at the Maumee Indoor Theater., 2:00 to 5:00.  Erin Holden wrote a really nice article about the FilmFest in a recent edition of Toledo City Paper. Read the story here.


2.   Special Olympics athletes compete with University of Toledo athletes in basketball playoff 

Lucas County Special Olympics athletes will be competing with and against students athletes from the University of Toledo in a unified basketball playoff Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the University of Toledo Recreation Center, 2800 Rocket Drive.

Unified sports teams are comprised of Special Olympics athletes and an equal number of athletes without intellectual disabilities but of comparable skill levels.

Twelve players will be selected from the four teams — six Special Olympics athletes and six University of Toledo students — to complete for the state championship next month at The Ohio State University against similar teams from universities across Ohio.

The winner of that game will earn the right to compete in the National Championships at Witchita State University in April. The championship is sponsored by NIRSA, the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.

The games are free and open to the public.


3.   Michele Myerholtz presents Pathways to Justice to Ohio sheriffs

Congratulations to Michele Myerholtz, Assistant Director of Service and Support, on her recent presentation to the state’s sheriffs on Pathways to Justice. Michele’s co-presenter was Captain Tricia White of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department. The Pathways to Justice goal is to establish relationships between law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and the developmental disabilities system so that all can better serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Michele is pictured with Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp.


4.   Sensory Room February schedule is released

Click here for the February schedule of the free Sensory Room Community Resource.


5.   Tips to prevent choking

People with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk of choking. Watch these tips on how to prevent choking and intervene if necessary.


6.  Board of DD meeting start time changed for February 25

Because of an inservice for the members of the Lucas County Board of DD on February 25, the start time for regular monthly meeting will 6:30 p.m.


7.   Developmental checklists are on the Board of DD website

Parents of very young children can take advantage of developmental checklists on the Board of DD website. The checklists follow a child’s development from birth through age 4.


8.  Courageous Community Services announces programs for 2019

Life Skills

Relationships and Dating


9.  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.

10.  Autism Society offices have moved

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio has moved. Offices are now located one mile from the previous location off Central Avenue at… Harbor Behavioral  Health – Port Sylvania, 7140 Port Sylvania Drive,Toledo, Ohio 43617


11.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

March 1 – Glass City Beer Fest

March 3 – Acoustics for Autism

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 23 – Pasta for Pooches

March 26 – Exploring the Future of Independence

March 27 – Rec Jam


12.  Worth Repeating 

“Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before.” Stan Lee


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