Friday Update – January 18

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.  Special Olympics basketball game cancelled
  2.  Governor signs order to establish Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State
  3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers
  4.  Grant information updated
  5.  New Healthy Athlete session starting soon
  6.  Sensory Friendly Day returns to the Auto Show on Jan. 27
  7.  Feds weigh changes to work rules for people with disabilities
  8.  January Aging Gracefully newsletter
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Sandusky Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics
  11.  Former Board member Bill Ulmer dies at age 85
  12.  Report Released for Human Trafficking Awareness Month
  13.  First FANS newsletter
  14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  15.  Worth Repeating

1.  Special Olympics basketball game cancelled

Due to the weather that is predicted,  the Special Olympics basketball game  scheduled on Saturday, January 19, at 1:00 pm against Fayette is canceled.


2.  Governor signs order to establish Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State

In one of his first acts as Governor, Mike DeWine signed an Executive Order establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities. In the Order, the governor notes that  Ohio is home to approximately 1.6 million Ohioans with disabilities, of whom nearly 870,000 are of working age. Click here to read the Order.


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.   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.  Sensory Friendly Day Returns to the Auto Show on Jan. 27
The North American International Auto Show will hold its second Sensory Friendly Day on Sunday, January 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., allowing new audiences to experience the show. During the four hours, exhibitors will greatly reduce flashing lights in their areas and volume will be turned to very low levels. Visit here for NAIAS tickets.


7.  Feds weigh changes to work rules for people with disabilities

The Trump Administration is planning to rethink existing regulations that radically altered the transition from school to work for people with disabilities. Read more.


8.   January Aging Gracefully newsletter

Click here to read the Aging Gracefully newsletter for January.


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.  Former Board member Bill Ulmer dies at age 85

Former member of the Lucas County Board of DD, William Ulmer, has died at the age of 85. Mr. Ulmer served on the Board from 1983 to 1987. During his tenure, the Board adopted its first long-range plan, negotiated the purchase of the Holland Road facility, and received two state grants to expand the community employment program. Mr. Ulmer filled the position on the Board reserved for the parent of an adult receiving services. Click here to read his obituary from The Blade.


12.   Report Released for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

(from Pipeline) It is key for Ohioans working in the developmental disabilities field to understand the signs of human trafficking and to support the people they serve to recognize the signs as well. The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force released its January 2019 report detailing the state’s efforts to build a coordinated statewide response to human trafficking.


13.   First FANS newsletter

The first newsletter for the FANS network is available through this link.

The FANS Network committed to enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. The program helps in a variety of ways, big and small, and its members believe that the journey of life is better when people help support each other.


14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

January 19 – Prayer Breakfast to raise awareness of human trafficking

January 22 – Friend Blend

January 23 – Sensory Room Community Resource

January 27 – Family Skate at Ottawa Park

January 30 – Sensory Room Community Resource

January 31 – Empowering Parents with Students Receiving Special Education

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

February 6 – Grants for summer camp

February 8 – Dinner Dance

February 10 – Family Skate at Ottawa Park

February 24 – CommUNITY Film Fest

March 1 – Glass City Beer Fest

March 19 – Summer Camp Inclusion Resource Fair

March 27 – Rec Jam


15.  Worth Repeating 

“We need to try to do the right thing every time, to perform at our best, because we never know which moment in our lives we’ll be judged on.” -“Sully” Sullenberger


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