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.  New Department of DD Director is focusing on the basics of direct care and case management
  2.  UT prom for persons with disabilities was a big success
  3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers
  4.  Sensory Room February schedule is released
  5.  Disability Dialog Forum scheduled on Monday
  6.  February is Abuse Prevention Month
  7.  What’s Next registration open
  8.  Celebrate DD Awareness Month with the Cavaliers and The Arc of Ohio
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Lott Industries receives top workplace award
  11.  CommUNITY Film Fest is February 24
  12.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  13.  Worth Repeating

1.  New Department of DD Director is focusing on the basics of direct care and case management

(from Gongwer)   Jeffrey Davis wants Ohio’s developmental disabilities system to focus on the basics: providing compassionate and reliable direct care and case management for people with disabilities and their families.

The new director of the Department of Developmental Disabilities said those two components are the essential pieces of the state’s support system for people with developmental disabilities, and he wants to make sure the government isn’t getting in the way.

“Our system, if you boil it down, is very simple. It’s about that hands-on delivery of care,” he said in an interview. “That’s all that matters, is that direct care. Is it good? Can it be better? That’s the only reason that we’re sitting here, the only reason we have a state department, a county board.”

In his new role at DODD, he said he wants to see the state and county boards focus specifically on providing the best service possible for individuals with disabilities and families.

Direct care is vital to providing support for people with disabilities, but it faces struggles, often rooted in high turnover rates for providers, he said. When individuals constantly have new support professionals, that can cause stress.

“We have to support that direct care staff, to be that empathetic, to be that understanding, to be that sensitive, to be competent,” he said. “That matters. That’s all that matters.”

As for case managers, Mr. Davis said he wants to ensure they’re doing the best to help families navigate a complicated system.

“Who’s that first person they see? It’s that case manager at the county board,” he said. “They don’t know our system, they don’t know all the acronyms. All they want is somebody to hold their hand.”

“We want a case manager that holds families’ hands and is able to put all the puzzle pieces together,” he added. “If it’s too hard, if we’ve made it too hard as government, then we’re going to start to pare it away.”

Gov. DeWine’s message has focused on human issues, and the director said his goal is to ensure those basic needs are met for people with developmental disabilities.

“We’ve got good people throughout our system. They care. They’re here for the right reasons. We want to reinforce that, reinforce why we’re here, get it to those basics, and hold people’s hands. And we want to be kinder all the time,” he said. “We reinforce the basics, we get back to the essence of what we’re about.”

The director said his goal is to ensure the system works for families.

“Zero percent of the people across the state of Ohio know who the director of the state Department of Developmental Disabilities is,” he said. “Nor should they. Who cares? All they care about, and they show it every day through their hard-earned tax dollars, is that the system does every day what it’s supposed to do on the ground.”

2.  UT prom for persons with disabilities was a big success

Hats off to the student organizers at the University of Toledo of the recent Unmask the Night prom for persons with disabilities. Food, music and lots of dancing… including a special appearance by the Blue Crew!



3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers

Independent Providers will want to check out the  Back to Basics 2019 training session flier which  includes registration links for all February 2019 sessions around “Personal Funds.”  The training is provided by OPRA and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

4.   Sensory Room February Schedule is released

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

5.  Disability Dialog Forum scheduled on Monday

Another Disability Dialog forum is scheduled from 6:00 to 7:30 on Monday, February 11, at Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe, in Sylvania.

These public forums invite citizens to weigh-in on key topics that affect people with disabilities and to share innovative solutions being offered around the country.

6.  February is Abuse Prevention Month

(from Pipeline) People with developmental disabilities are at a higher risk of being abused because of their dependence on caregivers, difficulties communicating, and lack of sexual education.

During February, spread the word about abuse prevention and share these videos to encourage people to know their personal safety rights.

7.  What’s Next registration open

Registration is underway for the What’s Next life skills training. Follow this link for more information and instructions on how to register.  In this training, teens and young adults learn life skills to help them transition to adult life.

8.  Celebrate DD Awareness Month with the Cavaliers and The Arc of Ohio

The Cleveland Cavaliers have invited us to share an evening with them in celebration of DD Awareness Month on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

If your organization would like to reserve a group section, contact the Cavaliers Account Representative Directly and mention you are with The Arc of Ohio: Derek Badt (216) 420-2750 or

Tickets start at just $22. Purchase your tickets here    Tickets have been discounted and a portion of every ticket sold will benefit The Arc of Ohio.

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.  Lott Industries receives top workplace award

Hats off to Lott Industries on receiving a Top Workplace award in the recent competition sponsored by The Blade.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Tim Menke, Lott Industries CEO. “It speaks well of our DD community and our system here in Lucas County.”

11.  CommUNITY Film Fest is February 24

Just a reminder to everyone that the CommUNITY Film Fest is Sunday, February 24 at Maumee Indoor Theater from 2-5 pm!  The entries this year are amazing as always and we have a new category of Professionaly assisted movies which are sure to be a BLAST!  Be sure to come and cheer on the folks you know and the ones you don’t!  As always – this is a free event – just show up early to get a good seat!

12.   Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

February 9 – Anne Grady Services Frozen MIC

February 10 – Family Skate at Ottawa Park

February 11 – iDance Fundraising Committee

February 16 – Sibshop

February 21 – People First

February 21 – Guys Group

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

March 1 – Glass City Beer Fest

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 27 – Rec Jam

13.  Worth Repeating 

“Disability is a matter of perception.” -Martina Navratilova

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