Friday Update – January 12

The Friday Update is published on Friday mornings by the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. You may subscribe by sending your email address to You may also read the Friday Update on our website or on our mobile app.

  1.   Board’s Annual Meeting moves to April
  2.   Board 2018 calendar available online
  3.   People First meeting is January 18
  4.   Did you miss the story about the bunnies at Sunshine?
  5.   Special Needs Planning series continues
  6.   Parents are needed for research project
  7.   Job Postings
  8.   Download the Board of DD Mobile App
  9.   Beth Meyer will make her 10th trip to the Winter Games
  10.   Camp Courageous opens registration for 2018 season
  11.   NWO Apraxia Support 2018 grant cycle is open
  12.   Events for the DD Community
  13.   Worth Repeating

1.   Board’s Annual Meeting moves to April

The Lucas County Board of DD has moved its Annual Meeting from January to April when the weather will be more conducive to a big event.  The keynote speaker will be Barbara Sears, Director of the state’s Medicaid Department. The Board will also present Community Partner Awards, announce its Staff Person of the Year, and present the annual Spirit Award. Circle the date: April 23.

2.   Board 2018 calendar available online

The 2018 Board calendar is now available online. The calendar identifies major events planned by the Board in the coming year, including dinner-dances and Special Olympics tournaments. We have also identified Board meeting dates, dates for Family & Advocate forums, and major holidays. Use this link to read, print or download your calendar.

3.   People First meeting is January 18

The first People First meeting of the year will be January 18, 6:00 p.m., at the Ability Center. The guest speaker will be from the Toledo Police Department to discuss safe and positive interactions with the police. Read more at this link.

If you would like to buy a People First shirt, click here for the PF shirt request form.

4.   Did you miss the story about the bunnies at Sunshine?

In the holiday rush, you may have missed … bunnies! This story, pictures and video offered a peek into how the men and women who care for rabbits and more than a dozen other animals at Sunshine Communities’ barn brighten the days of local seniors at Ohio Living Swan Creek. The sweet story and video package by The Blade offered a close-up of the soft and gentle nature of the animals and how they help spark conversations between the seniors and the Sunshine crew members, who are part of Sunshine’s supported employment program.

5.    Special Needs Planning series continues

The Special Needs Planning series continues on January 18 with a presentation on trusts. Trusts may be particularly helpful for a child, sibling, spouse or loved one who has a disability, and who is currently receiving government benefits or may be eligible for government benefit programs in the future. Speakers will discuss what is a special needs trust and operation of a special needs trust.  The presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:00 at the University of Toledo Nitschke Hall. Click here for the Special Needs Planning Flyer.

6.    Parents are needed for research project

Amanda Gilmore Rogers, PhD, is conducting new research to capture the experiences families have with their child on the autism spectrum from birth to age five. Findings from this study could be applied in medical, counseling and intervention settings to increase the number of children and families who are treated and supported by professionals who have a contextualized understanding of their experience.

To find out more about the project, what it would be like to be a participant and to possibly enroll as a participant, visit the research website:

Researcher Amanda Gilmore Rogers is a General Psychology student at Capella University. For additional information, please contact the researcher at or visit the research website 

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.

Sunshine Communities is hiring Direct Support Professionals to support the 16 residents who will live in two new homes opening soon. Interviews will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the two homes near Olimphia and Dorr near Little Flower Catholic Church. Apply here. These homes were dedicated in September in collaboration with Little Flower, a welcoming parish whose members already have begun developing relationships with some of their soon-to-be-neighbors of these two newly-constructed, fully-accessible homes. Click here for a 3-minute video of the dedication that’s sure to make you smile! Sunshine is building a third home as well. This continuing expansion means Sunshine continues to build out its staff in other areas too, including transportation, nursing, food service, and direct care in Fulton County.

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.


8.  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!

9.   Beth Meyer will make her 10th trip to the Winter Games

For the 10th year in a row, Beth Meyer will spend a week up north training and skiing at the Boyne Mountain Resort.  Each year, Ms. Meyer prepares to compete in the Boston Mills and Brandywine Special Olympics Competition on February 7-8, 2018, in Cleveland.  From January 21-26, Beth will receive daily two hour private lessons from the best and most experienced ski instructors at the Boyne Mountain Resort.  In addition to training and lessons, she will enjoy the benefits of the mountain resort, such as staying in a private room donated by a member of the Michigan Alpine Competition Council (MACC), participating in water park activities, and riding on the snow groomer at least once during her stay.

Gino Chiappetta from C.H. Asset Management generously arranges and donates funds each year to give Ms. Meyer this incredible opportunity.    The Boyne Ski School, Michigan Alpine Competition Council (MACC), Toledo Ski Club, and personal funds also help to provide the funding for Ms. Meyer to train at Boyne Mountain Resort. 

10.   Camp Courageous opens registration for 2018 season

Registration is now open for the 2018 season! New this year, Camp Courageous will be processing all applications through an online platform. Click on the link below to begin the registration process! Please contact Emily ( or 419-875-6828) with any questions!   To register click here.

11.  NWO Apraxia Support 2018 grant cycle is open

The grant application process is now open for the NWO Apraxia Support grants to fund supplemental therapies, treatments, activities, or equipment that will enhance the lives of individual children impacted by 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).

Applications must be received by February 28, 2018. All applicants will receive results no later than May 1st, 2018. Applicants for the spring 2018 grant cycle may apply for therapy, summer programming, equipment, activities, etc. For more information and to download the application, click here.

12.    Upcoming Events for the DD Community

January 18 – Friend Blend

January 18 – People First

January 23 –  Job Fair

January 27 – Night on Broadway Prom

January 27 – Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics

January 27 – Dealin’ for Dogs

February 3 – Black Swamp Ice Frogs Spaghetti Dinner Flyer

February 7 – FANS Drive for Goodwilll

13. Worth Repeating

“Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” ― Robert W. Service

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