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 to FridayUpdate@lucasdd.info. You may also read the Friday Update on the Board website or on the mobile app.

  1.  Ability Center launches Disability Dialog Campaign
  2.  Ron Volk and Anna Khouri are re-appointed to the Board of DD
  3.  Jeff Davis named the new Director of the Ohio Department of DD
  4.  Grant information updated
  5.  New Healthy Athlete session starting soon
  6.  Wrightslaw is coming to Maumee in March
  7. Changes proposed for Transportation of Children rule
  8.  Play centers on a young man with Asperger’s syndrome
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Sandusky Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics
  11.  Back to Basics training offered to providers
  12.  Beth Myers prepares for her 11th Special Olympics winter games
  13.  Dates and speakers set for Special Needs Planning Series
  14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  15.  Worth Repeating

1. Ability Center launches Disability Dialog Campaign

The Ability Center is backing an awareness and engagement campaign designed around the question, “What would it take for the Toledo area to be named the most disability-friendly community in the United States?”

During the campaign, the Ability Center will partner with public and private organizations to identify and prioritize solutions across a number of key areas, including, inclusive and accessible housing, transportation, education, healthcare, employment, and more.

Community members can share ideas on a public discussion board, through social media, or in-person at a series of community forums. For more information, visit disabilitydialog.com

There is also a Facebook page at this link.

Read the story from The Blade.


2.  Ron Volk and Anna Khouri are re-appointed to the Board of DD

Ron Volk and Anna Khouri take the Oath of Office from Lucas County Probate Judge Jack Puffenberger. Both have been reappointed to four year terms on the Board.


3.   Jeff Davis named new Director of the Ohio Department of DD
Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine announced Thursday, January 10, that Jeff Davis, executive director of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), will be the next director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Davis previously served as a deputy director at DODD from 1991 to 2007 and oversaw legislative and rule-making activities. Davis has also served as director of integrated health services for Buckeye Community Health Plan, a managed care plan. Davis joined OPRA in 2011 as the organization’s director of government affairs

Throughout his career, Davis has been a regular contributor to statewide workgroups and joint initiatives with OACB and county boards (such as the recently concluded Fix The List campaign). Last year, he oversaw the launch of DSP Ohio, a campaign to address Ohio’s DSP shortage.


4.   Grant information updated

Tammy Eisenreich has updated her research on grants and other funding options for families. Take this link for the updated information, including new application deadlines. Tammy has done a great job with this research. It is well worth the time to scroll through what she has collected.


5.   New Healthy Athlete session starting soon

The University of Toledo Office of Recreational Services and the UT School of Exercise and Rehabilitative Services along with Lucas County Special Olympics present another Healthy Athletes session. The new session begins January 29. Click here for registration information.


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.  Changes proposed for Transportation of Children rule

The Ohio Department of Education is requesting public comment on proposed changes to the 2019 Transportation of Children with Disabilities rule and the Summary of Requirements for the transportation rule documents.  Take this link  to review the rules. Comments will be accepted by the department through Tuesday, February 19, 2019, via email to rulecomments@education.ohio.gov.

A short presentation explaining the proposed changes is available on the ODE’s website.


8.  Play centers on a young man with Asperger’s syndrome

Donn Wobser let us know about an incoming play by the Village Players in which one of the central characters is an individual with Asperger’s. Find out more about “Dancing Lessons” at this link.


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.   Sandusky Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

On January 26, 2019 people will be encouraged to do some Freezin’ for a Reason at the 14th annual Sandusky Polar Plunge. Warm-hearted participants will take a chilly dip to raise
money for Special Olympics Ohio.  Read more here.

 


11.  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.


12.  Beth Myers prepares for her 11th Special Olympics winter games

Beth Meyer, a resident of Bittersweet Farms,  will spend a week training to ski in the Boston Mills and Brandywine Special Olympics. The competition will be held from February 13-14 in Cleveland, Ohio and this will be the 11th year Beth competes.  In the photo she is holding the two medals she won last year.


13.   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.


14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community

January 17 – People First

January 22 – Friend Blend

January 31 – Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education

February 2 – Prom for people with disabilities (18 and older)

February 8 – Dinner Dance

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

March 1 – Glass City Beer Fest

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair


15.  Worth Repeating

“Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.” -Kevin Costner


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