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 and on the mobile app

  1.  Free training will discuss Dual Diagnosis
  2.  Ability Center marks 100th anniversary
  3.  Shooting with the Stars matches Special Olympics athletes with celebrities
  4.  You can receive free text message alerts from the Board of DD
  5.  Courageous Community Services continues Life Skills classes
  6.  Calamity Day Procedures
  7.  Job postings
  8.  Why Work Benefits You sessions scheduled for February
  9.  Request a guest speaker from the Board
  10.  Upcoming Events
  11.  Worth Repeating

1.   Free training will discuss Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities is the title of a training being presented as a collaboration of the Northwest Ohio Development Center, Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Lucas County and Coordinating Center of Excellence. The presentation will be January 29th at 9:00 and again at 1:00 with Dr. Julie Gentile.  There is no charge, but registration is requested. Register by emailing or calling 419-380-5447.  For more information click here.

2.   Ability Center marks 100th anniversary

In celebration of its 100th birthday, The Ability Center is announces new community partnerships and unveiling a new logo.

Local partnerships beginning in 2020 will cultivate community engagement to achieve the Ability Center’s goal of making the Toledo region the most disability-friendly community in the country. Entering its centennial year, the Ability Center is unveiling a new logo.  A visual nod to the past, the new logo represents a new take on the iconic gold star.

3.   <strongid=”3″>Shooting with the Stars matches Special Olympics athletes with celebrities

Celebrities from the greater Toledo area will be joining athletes from Lucas County Special Olympics in what promises to be one of the most fun basketball games of the year, Shooting with the Stars, sponsored by the Taylor Automotive Family. Tipoff will be Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m., at the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center on the Lourdes University campus.

This will be a “unified” match, which means athletes from Special Olympics will be teamed with players who do not have disabilities.

Among the celebrities slated to appear are Ohio State Senators Teresa Fedor and Theresa Gavarone, sportscasters Justin Feldcamp and Jay Hannah, USA National Miss Toledo Mindy Sperry, WBC Super-Featherweight Champ Albert Bell, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, radio personality Denny Schaffer, Muddy, and Muddonna.

Admission is $2 or a donation at the door. All proceeds will benefit Lucas County Special Olympics.

4.   You can receive free text message alerts from the Board of DD

You can sign up to receive text messages from the Lucas County Board of DD by sending this message to 40404: follow LucasDDAlert . This is an immediate and cost-efficient way for you to receive information about inclement weather closings, important meetings, or other significant notices about Board of DD operations.

And it’s free!

 5.   Courageous Community Services continues Life Skills classes

Courageous Community Services has changed the name of its What Next Life Skills classes to Adulting101 LifeSkills Classes!  Click here for more information.

6.    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 text messages. See item #4 above to learn how to opt into this free service.
  • Call the Board’s Weather Hotline at 419-380-4040
  • The Board will also send closing information to the news media.

7.   Job postings

To stay up-to-date on job openings with the Lucas County Board of DD, follow this link. The Board is currently taking applications for Early Intervention Coordinator, Speech/Language Pathologist, Investigative Agent, and Service and Support Specialist’

Manahan, formerly Josina Lott Residential, has openings for 2nd and 3rd shift DSP’s. The updated website includes the new employment application at

8.      Why Work Benefits You sessions scheduled for February

Confused about keeping your SSI/SSDI while working? Or about keeping your health benefits? Join the discussions and dinner on  Tuesday evenings in February. Click here for all the information.

9.  Request a speaker from the Board

If you would like a guest speaker from the Lucas County Board of DD at your club, group or organization, please contact our Public Information Office at 419-380-4048 or fill out the online form at this link.

10.  Upcoming Events

January 29 – Dual Diagnosis. Best Practices

February 7 – Anne Grady Frozen Mic

February 9 – Community Film Festival

February 22 – SibShop

February 27 – Guys & Gals Night Out

March 1 – Acoustics for Autism

March 3 – Taking the Sting out of Behavior training

March 7 – Arc Night with the Cavs

March 20 – Spring Fling Dinner-Dance

March 22 – Special Olympics Shooting with the Stars

March 24 – Inclusion Fair

March 25 – Autism Awareness Training

11.  Worth Repeating

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footsteps on the moon.” anonymous

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