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.  Government shutdown takes toll on people with disabilities
  2.  Results shared from survey of adults receiving services
  3.  Back to Basics training offered to providers
  4.  Grant information updated
  5.  Empowering Parents training will be January 31
  6.  Sensory Friendly Day returns to the Auto Show on Jan. 27
  7.  What’s Next registration open
  8.  Sunshine holding job fair
  9.  Calamity Day Procedures
  10.  Arc Ohio addresses confusion over waiver eligibility
  11.  Ability Center now accepting applications for scholarship
  12.  Early Intervention highlighted in TV story
  13.  iDance fundraising committee to meet on January 28
  14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community
  15.  Worth Repeating

1. Government shutdown takes toll on people with disabilities

The longest government shutdown ever is having very stern affects on people with disabilities. Read the story from Disability Scoop.

2.  Results shared from survey of adults receiving services

The Ohio Department of DD recently conducted a survey of adults who are receiving services. Click here to read the summary report of the survey. The results of the survey will be used in making policy decisions and allocating resources.

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.   Empowering Parents training will be January 31

Parents of children with disabilities and professionals are invited to register for a free training on Parents’ Rights. The training will provide a functional knowledge of parent’s rights under IDEA, special education laws, to better support and advocate for your child.

The training will be Thursday, January 31, at the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West, 2275 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH 43620, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. The presenter will be Jackie Jacoby, M. ED.

To register, please call (419) 214-3066 or email Wendy Smenner.

Download the event flyer HERE for additional 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.  What’s Next registration open

Registration is underway for the What’s Next life skills training. Follow this link for more information and instructions on how to register.  In this training, teens and young adults learn life skills to help them transition to adult life.

8.  Sunshine holding job fair

Sunshine Communities is building a team of support staff for its beautiful new home in Walbridge, Ohio. Applicants can check out the approximately 6,000-square foot home and find out about job openings from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 at the home at 403 Allen Street in Walbridge. No appointment necessary; driver’s license required. For more information about Sunshine’s competitive pay, paid time off, health coverage, and other benefits, visit:

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.  Arc Ohio addresses confusion over waiver eligibility

From Arc Ohio

We are getting reports from all over the state that County Board and Local Job & Family Service Staff are telling people that children under 18 do not qualify for Waivers because their parents make too much. 

This is FALSE! 

When the county or state offers a child under 18 a Waiver, the parent’s income and assets are not considered. Only the income and assets of the child are taken into consideration. 

Parents have been told during Waiting List Assessments, in several counties, that there is no hope for a waiver because the parents make too much.

JFS Staff in several counties have also told parents that their child is not eligible for Medicaid, after being offered a Waiver through their County Board.

Your local JFS office may ask for parent income and assets, but it is not and should not be considered.  For more information contact Arc Ohio at 800-875-2723.

11.  Ability Center now accepting applications for scholarship

The Ability Center awards scholarships each year. Click here to find out more and apply.

12.   Early Intervention highlighted in TV story

WTOL-TV paid a visit to an Early Intervention group. Take this link to view the story.

13.   iDance fundraising committee to meet on January 28

iDance will be having a meeting of its volunteer fundraising committee on Monday, January 28. All our welcome to be a part of iDance’s future. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 7:30 at iConnect – 2nd floor.

14.  Upcoming events for the Developmental Disabilities community 

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 21 – People First

February 21 – Guys Group

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 

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” –Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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