Friday Update – February 9

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  1.   Judge Puffenberger to speak at workshop on guardianship
  2.   The new Gerber spokesbaby is a child with Down syndrome
  3.    News from Camp Courageous
  4.    Far more children may have fetal alcohol consequences
  5.    Download the Board of DD Mobile App
  6.    New waiting list rule due out February 14
  7.    Job Postings
  8.    Researchers develop 2-minute autism screening tool
  9.    iPad grant and training on March 10th
  10.    Information on Finding Funds is updated
  11.    Sibshops starting in March
  12.    Events for the DD Community
  13.    Worth Repeating

1.   Judge Puffenberger to speak at workshop on guardianship

The next Special Needs Planning for the Future workshop will be February 15 with Lucas County Probate Court Judge Jack Puffenberger. Judge Puffenberger will discuss an overview of Guardianship proceedings as well as other important planning tools and how they apply to children with disabilities after age 18.  Download the flyer.

2.    The new Gerber spokesbaby is a child with Down syndrome

This year, for the first time ever, the Gerber baby is a child with Down syndrome. Eighteen month old Lucas Warren, who has a contagious smile, is the winner of this year’s “Spokesbaby of the Year” competition. Click here to read the story from CNN with photos.



3.   News from Camp Courageous

March 24 will be the 1st Annual Flapjacks and Flannel Open House at Camp Courageous. Between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm youo may visit the campground, learn about  programs and services, and treat yourself to a pancake breakfast with maple syrup derived and processed from trees at the camp.  $11/adult $6/kids 10 and under OR Bring a donation valued at minimum of $10. Items can include grocery store gift cards, board games, puzzles, or outdoor recreational items. $1 off to all those that wear flannel and have the opportunity to win a prize!

Camp Courageous is in need of arts & craft Supplies, board games, and dress up clothes. It was a difficult winter for Camp Courageous. Many of the buildings sustained water damage due to aging of the facilities and below average temperatures. Broken pipes in the Art Building left the camp with no supplies for this year’s summer camp. If you wish to donate new or gently used supplies, you can drop off at the following locations:

Camp Courageous & the Arc of NW Ohio
12701 Waterville Swanton Rd Whitehouse, Oh 43571

Danberry Realtors
3555 Briarfield Blvd, Maumee, OH 43537

Thomas Porter Architects (box on second floor)
8 N. St Clair St, Toledo, Oh 43604

4.   Far more children may have fetal alcohol consequences

More American children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy.  Results of a new study published this past week in the journal JAMA indicate that fetal alcohol syndrome and other alcohol-related disorders among American children are at least as common as autism.  Read more by clicking here.

5.   Download the Board of DD Mobile App

Smartphone users will want to download our newly revised mobile app. On the app you’ll find our latest videos, photos, calendar of events, contact information and more. Plus, when downloading, be sure to allow your smartphone to accept push notifications from the Board. This will allow The Board to send you the latest information about events, delays or closings.  Download from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or click here!

6.   New waiting list rule due out February 14

Fix The List, a statewide coalition dedicated to fixing Ohio’s broken DD waiver waiting list, has released a video in which people with developmental disabilities and their family members explain how they would fix Ohio’s DD waiver waiting list. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

The new plan for operating Ohio’s DD waiver waiting list — which incorporates feedback from hundreds of people with developmental disabilities and family members from around the state — will be released to the public on Wednesday, February 14.

The Fix The List coalition includes people with disabilities, family members, and organizations representing guardians, county boards, and providers. Coalition members traveled across the state last year to gather the opinions of those who would affected by proposed changes. 

7.  Job Postings

The Board of DD is presently taking applications for Human Resources Director and Business Analyst. Click here to read the job descriptions and for information on how to apply.

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 seeking employees.

The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio is currently seeking a Program Coordinator to support our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism. This position will report to the Executive Director and provide services to clients and families in Northwest Ohio. This is a 30-hour a week position with occasional nighttime and weekend hours.  The successful candidate will be a compassionate individual with a Bachelor’s of Social Work or equivalent education and experience.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, February 12, 2018 via email to Lori Lamb .

8.   Researchers develop 2-minute autism screening tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism. Read more by clicking here.

9.   iPad grant and training on March 10th

There are several organizations partnering together to put iPads into the hands of people that could definitely benefit from these wonderful educational tools. This 2018 iPad Grant will require attendance at a full day training in Marion, Ohio. This training will be on Saturday, March 10th and is open to parents, professional and anyone wanting to obtain more knowledge about utilizing iOS technology in an educational manner. There will be breakout sessions on visual scheduling, communication, daily living skills, data collections, math, literacy and much more. CEUs available too!!!!

  • If you have a child with autism or any other special healthcare need look into the the following for applying to receive an iPad at this training.
  • 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 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.
  • If you are an adult with special healthcare needs or a professional that works with children that have special needs in a classroom or therapy center please contact 567-377-5710 to obtain an application.

All 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 February 28th so planning for attendance at the training on March 10th can be confirmed.

To register for the training please click here.

10.   Information on Finding Funds is updated

Tammy Eisenreich, Parent Partner with the Lucas County Board of DD, has updated the Finding Funds information on the Board’s website. Click here.

She has provided information about organizations that help families with children that have special healthcare needs by granting them funding for all these things and more:

  • How do you find these organizations?
  • What do you need to do before applying?
  • How do you get your application to the top of the pile?

11.   Sibshops starting in March

Sibshops are for boys and girls 8-16 yrs old, who have a brother or sister with special needs.

Children who have a brother or sister with special needs have needs of their own
that are often overlooked. Sibshops brings together kids to express their good-and maybe
not so good feelings about having a brother or sister with a disability. Click here to read the brochure from Educational Service Center .

12.    Upcoming Events for the DD Community

February 15 – People First

February 21 – Friend Blend

March 2 – Glass City BeerFest

March 3 – Zepf Center Tennis Fundraiser

March 4 – Acoustics for Autism

March 14 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 28 – Rec Jam

July 10-12 – Autism Society National Conference

13. Worth Repeating

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” -Sir Winston Churchill

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